City of Irving, Planning and Community Development Department
06/28/18 5:00 PM Receipt
Grants to Irving, Texas nonprofit organizations to provide public services to local residents, with an emphasis on low and moderate-income communities. Current priorities include mental and physical health services, youth and senior services, homelessness services, and non-housing community development.
The City of Irving is the recipient of Community Development Block Grant Funds (CDBG), used to address a range of Housing and Community Development activities. The City anticipates receiving an allocation of CDBG funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for use effective October 1, 2018 through September 30, 2019. Eligible non‐profit organizations are encouraged to apply for public services funding, specifically for the provision of case management services to the City of Irving’s Permanent Supportive Housing (referred to as Shelter Plus Care Program) clients. Projects and activities must meet eligibility requirements as defined by HUD and the City of Irving’s Consolidated Plan.
The City of Irving Planning and Community Development department invites qualified organizations with eligible programs to apply for Community Development Block Grant funds. The City of Irving is seeking organizations that can demonstrate the capability to meet priority needs and objectives identified in the 2015‐2019 Consolidated Plan. This guidebook contains information on the Community Development Block Grant, eligible and ineligible activities, and the application for submitting a proposal for Program Year 2018 grants.
The City of Irving is a recipient of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Home Investment Partnerships Grant (HOME), and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Per HUD regulation, the City of Irving may provide no more than 15% of its CDBG funds to area non‐profit agencies for the provision of “Public Services”. The allocation of “Public Service” funds, reimbursement of funds to sub‐recipient agencies, performance measurement, and agency monitoring comprise the Social Services Program.
The Housing and Human Services Board, authorized and appointed by the Irving City Council, is responsible for funding recommendations and community relations issues. Planning and Community Development Department staff is responsible for oversight and implementation of policies and procedures that have been reviewed by the Housing and Human Services Board.
In general, the purpose of the Social Services Program is to provide financial assistance to non‐profit organizations in order to subsidize programming which benefits low and moderate income Irving residents. This program assists individuals and families to increase housing stability, increase skills and/or income, reduce poverty, and to obtain greater resident self‐sufficiency. It also leverages funding for this purpose with other funding sources to form partnerships with appropriate local and regional community organizations. It is the goal of the Social Services program to serve the maximum number of people with the most serious needs within funding availability limitations. The Social Services Program is not an entitlement program and is administered through a competitive application process.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will determine funding availability for assistance provided under the program, and the allocation of funds to this program is subject to approval by the Irving City Council. Funding for sub‐recipient agencies is allocated annually, and each awarded non‐profit agency is subject to the requirements of its contract with the City of Irving.
History of the Social Services Program:
In 1974, the U.S. Congress established the Community Development Block Grant through the enactment of the Federal Housing and Community Development Act. The program was created to enhance and maintain viable urban communities and to allow communities a method of addressing a broad array of housing and community development issues.
The City of Irving has been participating in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) community development and planning programs since 1998. The overall goal of these programs is to develop viable urban communities by providing decent housing, suitable living environments, and expanding economic opportunities, principally for low and moderate income persons.
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG):
The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program is authorized under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended. The CDBG program grew out of the consolidation of eight categorical programs under which communities competed nationally for funds.
Local governments participate in either the Entitlement Program (for cities over 50,000 in population or urban counties with more than 200,000 people) or the States and Small Cities Program (communities with populations of 50,000 or less).
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires all participating jurisdictions to submit a long‐range strategic planning document called a Consolidated Plan. The City of Irving is currently working within its 2015‐2019 Consolidated Plan. Consolidated Plans describe the housing and community development needs of the City of Irving for a five‐year period. This document represents the City of Irving’s vision for improving the quality of life in the low‐income areas of the city and provides details on how specific goals will be accomplished. It is through the Consolidated Plan that the City of Irving determines its funding priorities each program year. As conditions change, the Consolidated Plan may be amended. The 2015‐2019 Consolidated Plan and other program information may be found at www.cityofirving.org/housing‐human‐services.
Annual Action Plan:
The Annual Action Plan is the annual update to the Consolidated Plan. The plan describes resources available, how those resources are to be utilized, including funded projects, and the geographic distribution of those resources. The planning process has been specifically created to assist in mapping one‐year actions for community development and making good use of available federal, state, and local resources.
City of Irving Geographic Distribution of Funds:
Projects must primarily benefit low‐ and moderate‐income residents of the City of Irving. Activities provided city‐wide include public services, homebuyers’ assistance, housing rehabilitation, and homeless prevention and assistance.
2015‐2019 Consolidated Plan Measurable Objectives:
By regulation, HUD grant funds must be used to meet the Measurable Objectives of the City of Irving Consolidated Plan. Measurable Objectives are developed after an analysis of existing conditions, community needs, and an extensive citizen participation process. City Council priorities provide additional, ongoing direction for community development programs. Consolidated Plan priorities, as they relate to the CDBG program, include:
-Physical and Mental Health Services
-Senior and Youth Services
-Non‐Housing Community Development
Eligible CDBG Activities/Programs:
The Social Services Program funds public services. These are social service activities in the community that benefit low and moderate income citizens and may include, but are not limited to, services related to employment, childcare, health, drug abuse prevention and counseling, and energy conservation (see section 570.201 of the CDBG regulations). Examples of eligible public services programs include: prevention of homelessness, employment services for individuals with disabilities, crime prevention for low income youth, services for the frail elderly, or after school and child care programs.
Programs funded under the Social Services Program must meet the National Objective regarding benefit to low and moderate income persons. Low and moderate income is defined as being less than 80 percent of the Average Median Family Income for the area, as defined by HUD.
Under this objective, programs assisted through the Social Services Program must benefit low and moderate income persons using the Limited Clientele category. Limited Clientele activities benefit a limited number of people rather than everyone in a defined area. At least 51 percent of those persons must be low and moderate income persons. These activities must meet one of the following criteria:
-Benefit a clientele generally presumed by HUD to be principally low or moderate income, i.e. abused children, elderly persons, battered spouses, homeless persons, severely disabled adults, illiterate adults, persons living with AIDS, or migrant farm workers
-Require information and documentation on household size and income in order to show that at least 51 percent of the clientele are low and moderate income (through HUD Part V Income Calculation methods)
-Have income eligibility requirements limiting the activity to low and moderate income persons
-Be of such nature and in such a location that it can be reasonably concluded that the activity’s clientele will primarily be low to moderate income
-Be an activity that provides job training and placement and/or other employment support services when the percentage of low and moderate income persons is less than 51 percent. Examples include, but are not limited to, peer support programs, counseling, childcare, transportation, and other similar services. [Note: some restrictions apply to these activities; see § 570.208(a)(2)(iv) of the HUD regulations; the City of Irving only allocates Social Services Program funds to agencies serving clients of which a majority are of low or moderate income].
Please note: All information used to verify the program’s national objective criteria must be documented, verifiable, and maintained in the organization’s records.
GrantWatch ID#: 183733
Nonprofit organizations that can deliver case management services to the clients of the City of Irving’s Permanent Supportive Housing (Shelter Plus Care) Program can apply under this NOFA. Each nonprofit organization must have an IRS‐granted nonprofit status at the time of application to receive funding through the City of Irving. For the purposes of this guidebook the terms “organization” and “agency” are interchangeable. Applicant agencies should have sufficient experience in addressing the particular housing and treatment needs of a chronically homeless, mentally disabled population.
Primarily religious organizations must meet conditions outlined at 24 CFR Part 570.200(J). An organization that participates in the Social Services Program shall not, in providing program assistance, discriminate against a program beneficiary or prospective program beneficiary, on the basis of religion or religious beliefs and may not engage in inherently religious activities such as worship, religious instruction, or proselytizing as part of the programs or services funded through the Social Services Program. If an organization conducts such activities, they must be offered separately, in time or location, from the program funded through the Social Services Program. Participation in inherently religious activities must be voluntary for the beneficiaries of the HUD‐funded programs.
A faith based organization retains its independence over the organization’s governance and the expression of its belief system. The organization may constitute its Boards on a religious basis, display religious symbols and/or icons, and retain its civil right to hire only employees that share its belief system, to the extent that it is consistent with governing HUD statutes. However, faith based organizations may not discriminate in hiring people who will be delivering services which are supported by HUD funding.
Generally, the following types of activities are ineligible:
-Acquisition, construction, or reconstruction of building for the general conduct of government
-Certain income payments and construction of new housing by units of general local government
-Substitution of CDBG funds for current level of state or local governmental funding for a service
All questions must be submitted in writing to the City of Irving’s Planning and Community Development Department by June 18, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. The City of Irving will entertain questions from applicant organizations, and any responses will be provided via email to all applicant organizations by June 22, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.
Applications will be made available on Friday, May 25, 2018, and must be stamped as “Received” by the City of Irving Planning and Community Development Department no later than 5:00 p.m. (per the City of Irving clock) on Thursday, June 28, 2018.
Application proposals will be reviewed by the Housing and Human Services Board. Applicants may be requested to appear before the Housing and Human Services Board prior to allocation of funds. Two public hearings associated with the City of Irving’s use of Community Development Block Grant funds have been scheduled for June 20 at 6:00 p.m. and July 19 at 7:00 p.m. at Irving City Hall.
Applicant organizations may be selected for review, and should be prepared for, staff or Housing and Human Services Board members to tour their facilities to observe current program activities and to interview and observe staff members involved in similar activities to the services in which they are requesting funding. Additionally, at any time during the funding year, the Planning and Community Development Department feels that the organization begins to demonstrate substandard performance or has concerns, staff has the right to conduct an on‐site monitoring.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Ashley Miller, Social Services Coordinator
City of Irving, Planning & Community Development Department
USA: Texas: City of Irving