Housing and Urban Development Programs
Each year the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) provides funds to local jurisdictions through the Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) for local community development, housing activities, and public services. The primary objective of the HUD CDBG Program is the development of viable communities by providing decent housing, a suitable living environment, and expanded economic opportunities primarily focused on low- and moderate-income person and neighborhoods. As a direct recipient of CDBG funds from HUD, the City is required to make strategic choices on how they administer and fund their local programs. The City’s planning, implementation, and evaluation of its use of CDBG funds are guided by the framework established by HUD’s CDBG regulations and are integrated into the following plans:
The CARES Act
On March 27, 2020, Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Public Law 116-136, to directly address the impacts of the COVID-19 Coronavirus. As part of the CARES Act, Congress appropriated $5 billion in Community Development Block Grant Coronavirus (CDBG-CV) funds. Of this amount, the U.S. Department Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has immediately allocated $2 billion, based on the fiscal year 2020 CDBG formula. The remaining $3 billion will be allocated on needs, using best available data, in the following tranches, or portions:
- $1 billion will be allocated States and insular areas within 45 days of enactment of the CARES Act
- $2 billion will be distributed to states and local governments at the discretion of the HUD Secretary.
The City of Victorville has been allocated $810,528 in the first allocation of CDBG-CV funds. These funds are supplemental to the annual allocations of CDBG funds the City receives and shall specifically be used to prevent, prepare for, and respond to COVID-19. The City is in the process of assessing the immediate needs in the community in order to determine where best to direct this special allocation. The City is required to direct a minimum of 70% of the funding to low-moderate income persons and households, per CDBG regulations.
Additionally, HUD has issued waivers of certain regulatory requirements related to Consolidated Plan and Citizen Participation requirements. The City of Victorville will be utilizing these waivers in order to expedite the use and implementation of these funds:
- Citizen Participation Plan Comment Period - this waiver grants a reduction of the required 30-day comment period to no less than five (5) days, in order to expedite the City's ability to lessen the negative effects of the coronavirus with the regulatory requirement to provide our citizens with governmental transparency and opportunity to comment. Accordingly, the City will be providing citizens with a reduced public comment period of five (5) days.
- Citizen Participation Reasonable Notice and Opportunity to Comment - this waiver grants the City the ability to determine, outside the adopted Citizen Participation Plan, what constitutes reasonable notice and opportunity to comment during its efforts to limit public gatherings and expedite the use of funds.
HUD is not limiting the amount of this funding that may go to public service activities, which include, but are not limited to, those concerned with preventing homelessness, including subsistence rent and utility payment assistance programs; costs associated with the operation of food banks, community kitchens, and food pantries; and programs serving multiple groups of clients, such as meal delivery services for homeless, elderly, or disabled persons.
The City is also assessing economic development assistance for small businesses, in the form of grants or loans that would aim at the retention of jobs or assist new businesses create new jobs. Economic Development assistance with CDBG-CV funds is also subject to HUD's requirements to prioritize funds to low- to moderate-income (LMI) persons; therefore, these grants or loans would be specially aimed at LMI business owners or businesses that hire LMI workers.
The City of Victorville and Town of Apple Valley/Victorville HOME Consortium Assessment of Fair Housing(AFH) related Data and Plan can be found below: