CDBG Program

 

Public Comment Invited - Olympia's Proposed Amendment to the Community Development Block Grant 2016

 

The City of Olympia will hold a Public Hearing on proposed amendments to the Program Year 2016 (September 1, 2016 through August 31, 2017) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Annual Action Plan on the evening of Tuesday, February 28, 2017. This Public Hearing will be held during the Olympia City Council's regular business meeting that starts at 7:00 p.m. in the Olympia Council Chambers at Olympia City Hall, located at 601 4th Avenue East.

The City proposes to amend the original PY 2016 CDBG Annual Action Plan allocation and add $315,000 to the original $490,892 allocation, for a new proposed total allocation of $805,892.

This public notice also initiates a 30-day public comment period (February 10, 2017 - March 13, 2017) on the proposed amendments to Olympia's CDBG Program Year 2016 Annual Action Plan.

View the Timeline Summary and Matrix of Proposed Amendments

View the Legal Notice published February 10, 2017

Submit public comments to the Olympia City Council by:

  • Phoning: (360) 753-8244
  • Emailing: citycouncil@ci.olympia.wa.us
  • Mailing to: Olympia City Council, P.O. Box 1967, Olympia, WA 98507-1967
  • Hand deliver your comment to: Olympia City Council, 601 4th Avenue East, Olympia

What is the CDBG Program?

The City of Olympia receives federal CDBG funds from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  According to the HUD website, the CDBG Program provides federal funds to "develop viable communities by providing decent housing, a suitable living environment and opportunities to expand economic opportunities, principally for low- and moderate-income persons."  The City maintains a five-year strategic housing plan that outlines the priorities for CDBG grant funding. Each year, the City re-evaluates the plan to reflect the needs of the community. The Annual Action Plan serves as the blueprint for how Olympia will invest CDBG funds to address high-priority local needs. The Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) provides information on the activities funded within a program year. The City has identified the following strategies for the five-year Consolidated Plan:

  1. Economic Development
  2. Housing Rehabilitation
  3. Land Acquisition
  4. Public Facilities and Improvements
  5. Public Services. 

Housing Rehabilitation Program

Eligible homeowners with low or moderate income, who own and occupy their own homes, can borrow funds through the Owner-Occupant Rehab Program. This program helps them take care of home maintenance needs through low-interest loans having either a deferred or small monthly payment. These loans provide repairs to fire, life, and safety hazards in the home as well as conserving and improving older residential neighborhoods.


Rental Rehabilitation Program

Investor-owners who provide housing to low- and moderate-income households may borrow additional financial assistance to supply safe, sanitary housing to their tenants. Through the Investor-Owned Rehab Program, rental property owners can obtain this help to rehabilitate residential properties for their elderly, handicapped, and/or disabled tenants, as well as for low- or moderate-income families. These loans also help remove and prevent conditions conducive to blight in our neighborhoods and encourage the conservation of energy and other resources.


Land Acquisition Program

This program assists with the purchase of real property for development of new, affordable housing developments for non-profit organizations such as Habitat for Humanity or Homes First!