Community Development Block Grant

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)


These funds are granted to the City each year and are designed to address a wide range of unique community development needs. CDBG funds may be used for activities which include, but are not limited to:
  • Acquisition of real property
  • Relocation and demolition
  • Rehabilitation of residential and non-residential structures
  • Construction of public facilities and improvements, such as water and sewer facilities, streets, neighborhood centers, and the conversion of school buildings for eligible purposes
  • Public services, within certain limits
  • Activities relating to energy conservation and renewable energy resources
  • Provision of assistance to profit-motivated businesses to carry out economic development and job creation/retention activities

Entitlement Grant


To receive its annual CDBG entitlement grant, the City must develop and submit to HUD its Consolidated Plan, which is the City's 3-05 year comprehensive planning document and application for funding under the following Community Planning and Development formula grant programs. In Middletown's Consolidated Plan, the City identifies its goals for the program. The goals will serve as the criteria against which HUD will evaluate Middletown's Plan and its performance under the Plan. Also, the Consolidated Plan must include several required certifications, including that not less than 70% of the CDBG funds received, over a one, two or three year period specified by the grantee, will be used for activities that benefit low - and moderate-income persons, and that the grantee will affirmatively further fair housing.

As part of the City's 2010-2014 Consolidated Plan, the City also created an extensive neighborhood study to determine which areas of the City would be the focus of the funding. Download this Neighborhood Study.

Annual Reports


In addition to the Consolidated Plan and other reporting requirements, the City is also required to complete the following annual reports:
  • Annual Action Plan - The plan specifies what the City is going to do with the funding for the upcoming program year (05-01 - 04-30). The first year Action Plan (PY2010) is included as part of the Consolidated Plan. It is due to HUD no later than 45 days prior to the start of the program year and must have at least a 30 day citizen comment period.
  • CAPER - This report documents what was accomplished with the funding the prior program year. It is due to HUD within 90 days after the end of the program year and must have at least a 15 day citizen comment period.

Programs


Programs currently funded by the City of Middletown under the CDBG program are:
  • Emergency Home Repair through People Working Cooperatively (PWC) - This program is intended to provide minor emergency home repair grants to low income homeowners of Middletown.
  • Demolition and Clearance - This program is designed to demolish severely dilapidated and blighted properties in the City of Middletown for the purpose of reducing blight and housing density.
  • Street Paving - This funding is used to repave streets in designated low-income areas.
  • Fair Housing Activities - Funding is provided to non-profit organizations such as Housing Opportunities Made Equal (H.O.M.E.) and Legal Aid of Greater Cincinnati, LLC to perform fair housing testing, monitoring, education, and legal advice. Additional information on Fair Housing Activities.
  • Code Enforcement - This allocation is used to fund costs incurred to enforce commercial and housing code violations that threaten the health, safety, and value of the surrounding neighborhoods.