About the CDBG (Community Development Block Grant)
The CDBG program was created in 1974 with the purpose to assist states and local communities develop viable urban communities by providing decent housing, a suitable living environment and expanded economic opportunities to primarily serve low-moderate income people. The City of Lewiston is a recipient of this funding and is designated as an Entitlement Community by the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). This designation means that Lewiston is assured funding each year directly from the federal appropriations.
As an Entitlement Community, HUD requires citizen participation to develop a 5 year Consolidated Plan that articulates the goals and objectives that are important to the City. These goals and objectives become the funding priorities for each annual funding allocation during the Consolidated Plan period. Consolidated Plan 2015-2019 was adopted by City Council in April, 2015, and is available for download by clicking HERE.
APPLICATIONS FOR 2019 ARE NOW CLOSED. PLEASE CHECK BACK IN NOVEMBER 2019 FOR 2020 APPLICATIONS.
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About the Consolidated Plan
The City of Lewiston receives federal funding through the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD). Under the CPD Program the City receives funding from two grant programs: Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and the Home Investment Partnerships Program (HOME). Combined these grants provide funding of approximately $1.1 million annually.
Every five years the City is required to assess affordable housing market conditions and community development needs so as to make strategic decisions about how to best invest CPD funds. The Mayor appoints citizen members, known as the Citizen Advisory Board (CAC), to be representative of the community and to assist in identifying community priorities and developing specific goals and objectives to achieve those goals. The broader public is also invited to share their thoughts, concerns and ideas. The consolidated planning process serves as the framework for a community-wide dialog to identify housing and community development priorities that align and focus funding from the CDBG and HOME programs.
The Consolidated Plan is carried out through Annual Action Plans which provide a summary of the activities and identify the federal and nonfederal funding resources that will address the priorities identified in the City’s Consolidated Plan. Each year the City prepares a Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) to report on the achievements made that year toward goals identified in the Consolidated Plan.
About the Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC)
The Citizen Advisory Committee is one of the ways to ensure that our citizens are involved and have a voice in determining how each year's CDBG allocation is spent. Its role is to evaluate all requests for funding and then make a recommendation to the City Council on how the CDBG funds are to be spent.
Committee members are appointed by the Mayor to two year terms coinciding with the calendar year. This seven-person Committee includes one Lewiston City Councilor, one representative from the homeless community, a person representing the immigrant/refugee community, at least two residents from the City’s low/moderate income population in Census Tracts 201-204, and the remaining residents from the community at large. The Committee is staffed by the Economic and Community Development Department.
Meetings of the Citizen Advisory Committee are public, and are held usually at Lewiston City Hall, Third Floor Conference Room on an as needed basis. To receive cell phone text notice, or email notice of upcoming meetings please visit the City of Lewiston's Notify Me page and sign up to be notified. It's listed as "CDGB Meetings" under the Calendar sub heading on that page.
Agendas are available in the Economic and Community Development Department, Third Floor City Hall, prior to the scheduled meeting.