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2018-2019 Community Development Block Grant - CDBG/HOME Housing Projects

Grants to Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Organizations to Increase Affordable Housing

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Grants to Chapel Hill, North Carolina organizations for projects that increase the availability of affordable housing for low- and moderate-income residents. Funding will support the purchase, construction, or rehabilitation of affordable housing sites for homeownership or rentals.

Agencies may apply for the following funding sources using this common funding application:

Affordable Housing Fund (AHF):

In 2002, the Town Council established an Affordable Housing Fund (AHF) to preserve owner-occupied housing in Chapel Hill for affordable housing purposes. Since then, the eligible uses of the Affordable Housing Fund have expanded and include a variety of uses, such as land acquisition, renovation, homeownership assistance, new construction of affordable housing, and rental and utility assistance.

Affordable Housing Development Reserve (AHDR):

In fiscal year 14-15, the Town Council allocated over $688,000 for affordable housing and approved an allocation strategy for this funding, establishing an Affordable Housing Development Reserve (AHDR).

The AHDR is dedicated exclusively to the development and preservation of affordable housing. Priority project areas are: 1) land bank and land acquisition, 2) rental subsidy and development, 3) homeownership development and assistance, and 4) future development planning. Priority is given to rental projects that serve households with incomes 60% and below the Area Median Income (AMI) and homeownership projects that serve households with incomes 80% and below the AMI.

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG):

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) annually awards funding to state and local governments, to support community planning and development activities and promote integrated approaches to provide decent housing, a suitable living environment, and expand economic opportunities for low and moderate income persons. The primary means towards this end is the development of partnerships among all levels of government and the private sector, including for-profit and non-profit organizations.

CDBG: HUD’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Entitlement Program provides annual grants on a formula basis to entitled cities and counties to develop viable urban communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment, and by expanding economic opportunities, principally for low- and moderate-income persons. The program is authorized under Title 1 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, Public Law 93-383, as amended; 42 U.S.C.-530.1 et seq. View CDBG Laws and Regulations

HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME):

HOME: HUD’s HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) provides formula grants to states and localities that communities use - often in partnership with local nonprofit groups - to fund a wide range of activities including building, buying, and/or rehabilitating affordable housing for rent or homeownership or providing direct rental assistance to low-income people. It is the largest Federal block grant to state and local governments designed exclusively to create affordable housing for low-income households. HOME funds are awarded annually as formula grants to participating jurisdictions (PJs). The program’s flexibility allows States and local governments to use HOME funds for grants, direct loans, loan guarantees or other forms of credit enhancements, or rental assistance or security deposits.

Income Eligibility:

In general, all projects must benefit persons with a household income below 80% of the area median income adjusted for family size, though projects may be approved that serve households of higher incomes.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182511

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations may apply for projects in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The Human Services Funding Application Orientation Workshop is scheduled for November 28, 2017, 9:00 AM. This optional workshop will provide an overview of the application, process, and submittal requirements, for Human Services Funding. Although there are different applications for CDBG and HOME, the basic information is the same, so potential CDBG/HOME applicants are encouraged to attend.

Q&A sessions are scheduled for
-December 5, 2017, 9:00 AM
-January 9, 2018, 9:00 AM

Q & A sessions provide an opportunity to ask staff, one-on-one, specific questions regarding your application

For the AHF and AHDR, applicants are also invited to participate in a pre-application meeting, which is a one-hour one-on-one session during which applicants can discuss their funding proposal with Town staff.

Pre-Application Information:

Affordable Housing Fund (AHF):
Funds are available through the AHF on a rolling basis, with applications being accepted at any time. Applicants are evaluated by the Town Manager, with Council approval required for requests for housing renovation or homeownership assistance in excess of $40,000.

Affordable Housing Development Reserve (AHDR):
AHDR applications are accepted three times per year (~ every 4 months). Applications are reviewed by the Housing Advisory Board and evaluated using a scoring rubric, which is available on the Town website. The Housing Advisory Board’s recommendations for funding are then forwarded to the Town Council for final approval.

HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME):
Orange County HOME funding applications are accepted once a year and are reviewed by the Orange County Home Consortium committee. The HOME Consortium application review committee is comprised of staff and elected officials from the Town of Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Hillsborough, and Orange County jurisdictions. A recommended funding plan is reviewed for approval by each jurisdiction in the spring of every year.

CDBG/HOME funding applications are due by 5:00 PM on February 6, 2018.

The Chapel Hill Town Council will hold a public forum on Monday, March 19, in the Chapel Hill Town Hall Council Chamber, to receive public comments on a preliminary 2018-2019 CDBG Program Plan.

-November 1, 2017: Annual Public Needs Assessment Hearing
-November 7, 2017: The 2018-2019 applications are available.
-November 28, 2017: 9 a.m. Human Services Funding Application Orientation Workshop
-December 5, 2017: 9 a.m. Application Q & A
-January 9, 2018: 9 a.m. Application Q & A
-February 6, 2018: Funding Application Submittal Deadline
-March 19, 2018 (Tentative Date): Public Forum
-April 9, 2018 (Tentative Date): Adoption of the 2018-2019 CDBG and HOME Program Plans

Contact Information:

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

AHF and AHDR applicants wishing to schedule a pre-application meeting should contact:
Sarah Vinas

AHF and AHDR applicants must submit applications to:

Loryn Clark, Executive Director

Renee Moye, Community Development Program Manager

Renee D. Holmes

Housing & Community
Town Hall, 3rd Floor
405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

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