The City of Medford’s 2018-19 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) annual application period is underway! Applications for the July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019 program year will be due at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 26, 2018. Applications will be reviewed and scored by the Medford Housing and Community Development Commission on March 7, 2018 and final awards approved by City Council on May 3, 2018. Interested agencies must attend one of two orientation meetings held on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 or Thursday, December 14, 2017. Both meetings will be held at 3:00 p.m. at the Lausmann Annex, Conference Room 151 located at 200 S. Ivy Street in Medford, Oregon. If you have questions or comments, please contact Angela Durant with the Medford Planning Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-774-2390.
Application Eligibility: The intent of the CDBG program is to leverage local projects and programs that address Medford’s housing and community development needs. The Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 requires each CDBG‑funded activity meet one of three HUD statutory objectives: 1) primarily benefit low and moderate income persons; 2) eliminate or prevent slums or blight; or 3) meet a need having particular urgency. In addition, all activities must meet one or more of the goals objectives and strategies identified in the City’s 2015-19 Consolidated Plan for Housing and Community Development and be “eligible” as defined in HUD Regulations 24 CFR Part 570.201 through 570.206. Please refer to the attached summary of 2015-19 Consolidated Plan Goals, Objectives and Strategies and the links below for more information on program eligibility. HUD Categories of Eligible Activities City of Medford 2015-19 Consolidated Plan for Housing and Community Development
Program History & Allocation: The City has received annual entitlement grant funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) since 1989. Federal CDBG awards to the City vary each program year with an average since inception of just under $600,000. HUD allows a maximum of 15% of the total annual funding be allocated to public service programs and 20% to program administration, associated planning and fair housing activities. The majority of CDBG funds are allocated to community development activities, with final awards subject to Medford City Council approval.