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Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program - Housing Assistance Grant (HA) Program

Grants to Maine Local Governments to
Increase the Availability of Low-Income Housing

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Maine Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD)

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Deadline Date:

05/03/19 4:00 PM Receipt


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Grants to Maine local governments (excluding certain entitlement communities) to meet the housing needs of low- and moderate-income residents. Applicants must submit a Letter of Intent. Funding is intended for the rehabilitation of vacant or occupied multi-family housing units, or the conversion of non-residential structures for housing purposes.

Fundable activities in the HA program include but are not limited to: rehabilitation of occupied or vacant multi-family housing units, same site replacement housing, relocation assistance, acquisition, alternative housing, conversion of non-residential structures, demolition, historic preservation, lead based paint removal, new housing construction as allowed by HUD regulations, provision of potable water or sewer, and removal of architectural barriers. All activities must be directly related to assisting or creating LMI residential housing units.

Communities are not eligible to apply for a HA grant unless they have an identified multi-family project with a developer approved by OCD.

All CDBG funded activities must meet one of three National Objectives of the program. These objectives are:
- Benefit to low and moderate income persons;
- Prevention and elimination of slum and blight conditions; and
- Meeting community development needs having a particular urgency.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177764

Estimated Size of Grant:

Maximum HA Grant Amount: $1,000,000

Except for approved new construction, conversion, acquisition and/or relocation, all other HA projects are limited to a maximum of $40,000 per housing unit assisted. This total includes all combined project activities.

Term of Contract:

Funds will not be available until after July 1, 2019.

Applicants have six months to complete the project development phase process or notice of award may be rescinded.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All units of general local government in Maine, including plantations, except for the entitlement communities of Auburn, Bangor, Biddeford, Lewiston, Portland and all of Cumberland County with the exception of Brunswick, Casco and Frye Island are eligible to apply for and receive State CDBG program funds.

County governments may apply on behalf of the Unorganized Territory. Groups of local governments may apply for multi-jurisdictional or joint projects. Multi-jurisdictional applications require designation of one local government as the lead applicant and consent for that designation by each participating local government. Counties may apply for the Economic Development or Public Service programs on behalf of a collaboration of communities.

Eligible applicants, including counties as defined above may apply for CDBG assistance on behalf of the five Maine Indian Tribes. Maine Indian Tribes are not themselves eligible applicants.

Units of local government may not apply for more than one HA program per grant year.

Communities may not submit a HA application if they have received or benefited from two HA awards within the five (5) year period prior to the CDBG program year for which applications are being accepted. A waiver may be granted by the Director of OCD for cause.

Public infrastructure is not an allowable expense.

Pre-Application Information:

Letters of Intent are due via email on or before March 98 2019, 4:00 PM.

All applications (by invitation only) must be received at the physical location of the Office of Community Development by 4:00 PM, Friday, May 3, 2019.

Applicants for housing activities must provide a cash match of at least 20% of the total HA project cost.

The HA Program may allow expenditures for general and/or rehabilitation administration. The total general and rehabilitation administration expenditures may not exceed 15% of the grant amount.

Public Hearing Requirements:
Each applicant is required to hold a duly authorized public hearing during the Application process with a minimum of 10 days prior notice. The hearing must be advertised in local newspapers and posted according to local requirements.


Project Development and Forms:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Letters of Intent may be submitted via email to:
Please enter “HA LOI” in the subject line.

Office of Community Development
111 Sewall Street, 3rd Floor
59 State House Station
Augusta, Maine 04333-0059

P: (207) 624-7484
TTY: 1-800-437-1220

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Maine: Statewide, excluding Auburn, Bangor, Biddeford, Lewiston, Portland and all of Cumberland County with the exception of Brunswick, Casco and Frye Island