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.
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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.
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Consolidated Plan
The 2020-2024 DRAFT Consolidated Plan is available for review and comment and will be presented to the City Council for a public hearing during a workshop scheduled on December 3, 2019. The meeting will be held starting at 6 pm in the City Council Chambers at City Hall which is located at 27 Pine Street in Lewiston. On December 17, 2019, at a regular City Council meeting starting at 7pm, the City Council will be notified if there have been any public comments received to date and the City Council will take action on the DRAFT 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan. Providing no additional comments have been received during the public comment period, the 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan will be implemented.
There will be a 30 day public comment period ending on December 21, 2019. Written comments on the Consolidated Plan should be directed to: Lincoln Jeffers, Director, Economic and Community Development, City Building, 27 Pine Street, Lewiston, ME 04240.
Notice of Public Meetings
The City of Lewiston will hold six public meetings to develop the 2020-2024 CDBG Consolidated Plan. The meetings will be held from 9 AM to 11 AM in the Third Floor Conference Room at City Hall which is located at 27 Pine Street in Lewiston.
Meeting dates and topics are as follows:
Friday Nov. 1 Economic Development, Intro to Public Infrastructure
Friday Nov. 8 Public Infrastructure
Friday Nov. 15 Public Services, Fair Housing
Tuesday Nov 19 Housing
Friday Nov. 22 Final Strategies and Draft Plan
As an Entitlement Community the City of Lewiston is required, every five years, to submit a Consolidated Plan that describes how CDBG funds will be spent. CDBG funds can be used to capitalize commercial loan and grant programs; support housing loan programs; provide project specific support that will leverage new private sector investment that will expand economic opportunity; and support specific projects that will leverage investment in the rehabilitation or creation of affordable housing, the removal of blight, and the provision of a suitable living environment. The City will utilize a percentage of the funds for administrative costs associated with implementation of the program. In developing the Consolidated Plan, the involvement and input of citizens, non-profit organizations, and other interested parties is important throughout the process.
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.