Community Development Block Grant

Antioch CDBG News

The Contra Costa Consortium and City of Antioch grant application period IS NOW OPEN for the two-year grant period of 2020-21 and 2021-22. Approximately $1.5 million in federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and local Housing Successor funding for the City of Antioch will be made available per year to help improve the quality of life for lower income residents of Antioch, and for lower income census tracts and block groups in the City. This is a two-year grant cycle, and funded agencies that are meeting their contractual goals will be invited to renew their funding for the second year, based on funding available. No new applications are expected to be invited in the second year, so this is the only opportunity to apply for City grant funding until FY 2022-23.

The City is seeking that organizations to provide these services in Antioch. These entities must either (a) possess a current non-profit status under the regulations of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, (b) be a governmental entity (City, School District, Special District); or (c) in the case of some limited type of Economic Development activities, a for-profit business can potentially receive funds and provide services. The City is especially interested in agencies that wish to provide services for homeless residents.

The City of Antioch joins with the cities of Concord, Pittsburg, Walnut Creek, and the Urban County on behalf of all the other cities, to form the Contra Costa HOME and CDBG Consortium. Together these jurisdictions cover all of Contra Costa County and have a joint, integrated funding application for these funds. An agency serving residents throughout the County can apply on one single application for all jurisdictions. Applications are submitted electronically through City Data Services (CDS). You will find more information to assist you with your application below.

Please email Teri House at CDBG@ci.antioch.ca.us for more information or call her at 925-255-6358 to discuss your project ASAP! The deadline for all applications is December 9th at 5:00 p.m.   No late applications will be accepted!

Below is information to get you acquainted with the grant program.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and California law, it is the policy of the City of Antioch to offer its public programs, services and meetings in a manner that is readily accessible to everyone, including individuals with disabilities and persons with limited proficiency in English. If you require translation assistance or if you are a person with a disability and require information in an alternative format or any other reasonable accommodation, please contact the ADA Coordinator below at least 72 hours prior to the meeting or when you desire to receive services. Advance notification within this guideline will enable the City to make reasonable arrangements to ensure accessibility. The City’s ADA Coordinator can be reached at: Phone: 925-779-6950 Email: publicworks@ci.antioch.ca.us Hearing impaired individuals may call the California Relay Service at (800) 735-2929 or 7-1-1 for assistance.

Fair Housing And Tenant/Landlord Issues

Are you being evicted illegally?

Are you renting an apartment that is unsafe or unsanitary?

Are you experiencing discrimination by a landlord or property management?

Or are you disabled and your landlord will not provide you with reasonable accommodations for your disability?

If you have a problem with your landlord, you don’t have to go through the headaches alone. Fair Housing and Tenant/Landlord services are provided to Antioch residents FREE OF CHARGE through Bay Area Legal Aid and Echo Housing, by calling Echo Housing at

(855) 275-3246   |   www.echofairhousing.org

These services are funded with City of Antioch Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Funds
FAIR HOUSING services include: »» Investigating housing discrimination complaints; »» Counseling individuals/households regarding their rights, responsibilities and options; and »» Providing mediation, advocacy, and legal referrals.

TENANT-LANDLORD COUNSELING services include counseling on such issues as: »» Security deposit; »» Repairs; »» Understanding lease terms »» Eviction for non-payment of rent or alleged tenant misconduct; and »» Obtaining rent payment assistance including Section 8 vouchers.

Legal Advice and Representation is also provided free to qualifying lower income households by Bay Area Legal Aid, on such issues as: »» Eviction process and defenses; »» Illegal lockouts; »» Sheriff’s notices to vacate; and »» Section 8 terminations.

http://www.contracosta.ca.gov/6675/Analysis-of-Impediments-to-Fair-Housing-

Teri House, CDBG/Housing Consultant
City of Antioch
Community Development Department
200 H Street, 2nd Floor
Antioch, CA 94509

Telephone – 925-779-7037
FAX – 925-779-7034

Frequently Asked Questions

How does the City provide grants to help the community?

The City of Antioch provides grants to non-profit and governmental agencies to provide social service programs, infrastructure improvements and economic development programs through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. In fiscal year 2013-14, the City’s CDBG allocation from HUD is $737,881.

Detail of all allocations and projects funded with CDBG funds can be found in the 2013-14 Action Plan under “Reports” at the bottom of this page.

 

Where can I find funding priorities and funded agencies and projects?

In order to receive annual allocations, jurisdictions must prepare and submit to HUD a variety of reports, all of which are advertised and available for public review. Following is a summary to help you locate the information you may be seeking:

Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (AI) – This document includes an analysis of local factors that may impact fair housing choice, identification of specific impediments to fair housing choice, and a plan to address those impediments. The AI is one of several ways in which Consortium member are fulfilling their obligation to affirmatively further fair housing, and assure equal access to services and programs it provides or assists.

5-Year Consolidated Plan for 2010-15 – The Consolidated Plan is a detailed planning document that provides a needs assessment, describes the City’s non-housing community development needs, its housing needs and market conditions, sets out a five-year strategy identifying priorities and available resources and establishes a One-Year Action Plan that outlines intended uses of the resources. Extensive public outreach is conducted and input received in order to determine funding priorities for the five-year period. To view Antioch’s priorities for funding projects, please see Appendix 6 – Priority Needs Tables.

Annual Action Plans – Action Plans are subsidiary documents to the five-year Consolidated Plan and provide a summary of the federal CDBG and local funding available to fund actions, activities, and programs to address the priority needs and specific objectives identified in the Consolidated Plan. Action Plans for this current Consolidated Plan period are for fiscal years (FY) 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14, and 2014-15. The Action Plan tells the public what activities have been chosen that year to address the needs (as identified in the ConPlan) of Antioch’s lower income residents and areas.
Annual Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Reports (CAPER) – The CAPER details the accomplishments of actions that were proposed in the Action Plan, including the number of people who received services.

How can CDBG funding be used?

The primary purpose of the CDBG program is to develop viable urban communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment and expanding economic opportunities principally for persons of lower income. CDBG funds cannot be given to individuals directly. The City utilizes the CDBG program to improve the quality of life and physical conditions in its lower income areas, and to benefit lower income residents throughout Antioch by funding nonprofit and public agencies to provide services and improvements.

How are funds allocated?

Federal funds are allocated annually to entitlement communities through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to carry out a wide range of community development activities that benefit lower income persons and households.  In Contra Costa County, all HUD-funded activities are coordinated through the Contra Costa County CDBG/HOME Consortium (Consortium), which includes the cities of Antioch, Concord, Pittsburg, Walnut Creek, and the Urban County. Consortium members jointly prepared the five year FY 2010-15 Consolidated Plan, Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice, and also coordinate and collaborate in the CDBG application process and monitoring practices.

Beginning in 2013, the Consortium is moving to a two-year/three-year funding cycle within each five year Consolidated Plan. Applications are solicited for a two-year funding period during the first two years of each Consolidated Plan, then new applications are solicited for the remaining three year period of the five-year plan.  For the 2010-15 Consolidated Plan, existing service providers who have contracts with the City of Antioch will have those contracts renewed for FY 2014-15, the third and final year of this ConPlan.

The Consortium operates on a two-year funding cycle. 

The City of Antioch will be soliciting new grant applications in early October 2014, for two-year funding for fiscal years 2015-16 and 16-17. The fiscal year begins on July 1 of each year. On Thursday, October 9, 2014, the City will join with the other Consortium member to issue a call for proposals for programs, projects and activities that will help meet priority needs as listed in the applicable Consolidated Plan. Applications will be due in early December 2014 and NO applications will be accepted before that time. In Antioch, all applications are reviewed by a subcommittee of the Antioch City Council in February and March, and projects are approved for funding at a public hearing usually held in late April or early May.

For more information about applying for CDBG funds visitwww.ccreach.org or call the City of Antioch’s CDBG consultant at (925) 779-7037.

In Antioch, all applications are reviewed by a subcommittee of the Antioch City Council, and projects are approved for funding at a public hearing usually held in early May.

Who can I contact for help?

CDBG Program – 925-779-7037
CDBG Consultant – Teri House
Email: CDBG@ci.antioch.ca.us; Fax (925) 779-7034

City Offices: Third and “H” Streets, P.O. Box 5007   Antioch, CA 94531-5007