Community Development Block Grants (CDBG)
Use of CDBG Funds
Recipients of CDBG funds may use them in various ways directed toward affordable housing, neighborhood revitalization, economic development, and provision of improved community facilities and services. Note that all CDBG-funded projects MUST address the needs of low- to moderate-income residents of Santa Fe.
- Acquisition of real property
- Relocation and demolition
- Rehabilitation of residential and non-residential structures
- Provision of public facilities and improvements (water and sewer facilities, streets, neighborhood centers, etc.)
- Downpayment assistance toward the purchase of a home
- Payment for public services within certain limits
For more information, contact Kym Dicome, Senior Housing Planner, at (505) 955-6574.
City of Santa Fe's Process
The City of Santa Fe is classified as an entitlement community by Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). There are five such communities in New Mexico--Farmington, Las Cruces, Rio Rancho, Albuquerque and Santa Fe. The remaining CDBG funds are allocated to the State for distribution. Entitlement communities can develop their own programs and funding priorities as long as programs conform to the HUD CDBG statutory standards and program regulations as well as following the objectives of their five-year Consolidated Plan, which every entitlement community must adopt.
The City of Santa Fe allocates its funding to qualified local agencies or nonprofit organizations for projects that carry its Consolidated Plan objectives. These entities are classifed as subrecipents and must report to the City as the grantee of the funds.
The application and selection process begins the same time every year. In December, ads will be placed in newspaper annoucing the availibilty of funding and the schedule of the application process. In January all potential applicants must schedule an appointment with the CDBG planner to review their project to determine whether it meets the eligibility requirements of the CDBG regulations to allow them to even apply for funding. Then the application packages are due around the first week in February. Once the packages are reviewed for completeness and eligibility, they will be accepted or returned within a few days. Then the City's Community Development Commission (CDC) at their discretion may ask for presentations by all proposed applicants or just review the applications but either way they will make their decision sometime mid to the end of February.
Note that the actual 2013-2014 CDBG allocation for the City of Santa Fe may not be known at the time of the CDC's selection decision therefore, adjustments may have to be made after the selection process. It is up to the Federal government as to how much and when to release the actual amount.
The Consolidated Plan is a general plan of how the City intends to spend CDBG funds over a five-year period. The Annual Action Plan is submitted annually and describes how funds will be used for the upcoming fiscal year (July 1st through June 30th). The CAPER re-evaluates projects after the end of the fiscal year. An amendment is submitted when an activity is funded that is substantially different than described in the Annual Action Plan.
The Neighborhood Stabilization Program is a special, one-time funding allocation designed to address foreclosures. The City received funding for the NSP1 program and all of the funds have been allocated.