Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG)
Community Development Block Grant Program Overview
The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program is a federal grant program authorized by the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended. The City of Watertown is an entitlement community under the program and receives annual grants to develop decent housing, a suitable living environment, and economic opportunities, principally for low and moderate income persons.
CDBG funds can be used to carry out a wide range of community development activities directed toward neighborhood revitalization, economic development, and the provision of improved community facilities and services. Activities that can be carried out with CDBG funds include, but are not limited to: acquisition of property; clearance of deteriorated structures; renovation of housing; construction of streets, sewers and sidewalks; provision of public services; assistance to businesses that provide jobs for low-income persons; and assistance to low-income households in purchasing homes.
As part of the CDBG Program process, the City of Watertown is required to adopt and follow a Citizen Participation Plan that outlines ways in which the City will provide for and encourage citizen participation in the development of its CDBG Program. The Citizen Participation Plan (see the link below) outlines a process that will ensure that low and moderate income residents and community organizations have ample opportunity to review and comment on all aspects of the City’s CDBG Program including the development of the Consolidated Plan and the Annual Action Plans as well as Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER).
Citizen Participation Plan
Consolidated Plan and Annual Action Plan
As part of the CDBG Program, the City must adopt a multi-year Consolidated Plan which describes community needs, resources, priorities, and proposed activities to be undertaken. In addition, the City of Watertown must also submit an Annual Action Plan that describes the specific planned uses of the CDBG funds for the upcoming year.
Draft Annual Action Plan 2017 – 3/25/2017
Consolidated Plan for Program Years 2016-2020 and Annual Action Plan for PY 2016 To be adopted 5/2/2016
Annual Action Plan 2015 - Adopted 5/4/2015
Consolidated Plan-Annual Action Plan Proposed Amendment 4/16/2015
Adopted Consolidated Plan/Annual Action Plan 7/21/2014
Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER)
The City of Watertown will monitor all projects to determine the effectiveness of its CDBG Program in meeting the described goals in the Consolidated Plan. At the conclusion of each program year, the City will submit a CAPER to HUD. See the link below for the current CAPER.
City of Watertown CAPER - PY 2015 - Draft 9-2-16
FY 2014-2015 CAPER
Public Hearings and Public Comment Periods
The CDBG process and the Citizen Participation Plan require that several public hearings and public comment periods be held annually to obtain public comments. Listed below are the most recent public hearing notices and public comment period notices.
CAPER - PY 2015 - Public Hearing Notice
CAPER 2014 - Public Hearing and 15 day Comment Period
Annual Action Plan 2015 - 30 Day Publuc Comment Period Notice 4/1/15
Annual Action Plan 2015-Public Meeting Notice 3/1/15
Consolidated Plan-Annual Action Plan Proposed Amendment-Public Hearing:30 Days 3/1/15
Consolidated Plan/Annual Action Plan 30-Day Comment Period Notice 6/13/14
Consolidated Plan/Annual Action Plan Public Hearing Notice 3/21/14
Citizen Participation Plan Public Hearing notice 2/16/14
Citizen Participation Plan 30-Day Public Comment Period Notice 2/3/14
DRAFT Consolidated Plan for Program Years 2016-2020
CAPER Public Hearing (document coming soon)