Jackie Caro

CDBG Task Force developing program update

Jackie Caro, Community Programs Coordinator, No Phone Number Available

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 12:10 p.m.

CDBG Task Force developing program update

Spokane neighborhood representatives have formed a task force to develop a modern Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) neighborhood program. Changes in Housing and Urban Development (HUD) regulations made it necessary to rethink the formula allocation model for neighborhood CDBG funding.

Neighborhood leaders are considering changes that will improve the effectiveness of CDBG dollars in neighborhood development. The CBDG Neighborhood Task Force will recommend a new neighborhood program model to the Community, Housing and Human Services (CHHS) board in early May. The task force will meet again on Thursday, March 27, 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the East Central Community Center.

At a recent meeting, neighborhood leaders shared the top priorities and challenges for their neighborhoods. Common themes included housing rehabilitation, increased home ownership, business development, code enforcement and public safety. These issues are not unique to Spokane; many cities across the nation use CDBG funds to make a difference in these areas.

Example programs that neighborhood leaders will be researching include:

Each of Spokane's 27 neighborhoods is encouraged to participate in this conversation. We need your help in answering the following questions:

  • How should decisions about investments of CDBG funding be made?
  • What are the highest priorities for use of this funding?
  • Should Spokane continue using a formula allocation model to distribute funds to neighborhoods or should a different model be adopted. If you prefer a different model, what is it?

Links to the previous meeting packet, CDBG public benefit eligibility map and meeting notes follow below.

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