Community Development Block Grant

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The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is funded by the federal government through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The primary objective of this program is to help develop viable urban communities through the provision of decent housing, a suitable living environment, and economic opportunity, principally for low- and moderate-income persons.

The City of Antioch received $816,027 for fiscal year 2020-21 from HUD, as well as a special allocation of $509,257 in Covid-19 Relief funding. The City combines this funding with local Housing Successor agency funds to make grants to local nonprofit agencies. These agencies provide a wide variety of services and programs that assist lower income residents of our community, which include:

  • Homeless outreach, shelter, food, prevention and housing assistance
  • Senior food, housing legal, vision, advocacy and other assistance
  • Help for foster and homeless youth, and children in at-risk families
  • Economic development opportunities through job training and microenterprise assistance
  • Infrastructure, Accessibility and Public Facilities improvements
  • Affordable Housing programs such as new construction of affordable housing, housing rehabilitation assistance, and home ownership downpayment assistance.
  • Fair Housing assistance and testing, to address discrimination.
  • Tenant/Landlord counseling including eviction prevention and assistance for renters and training of landlords and property managers.

All funding is awarded during a competitive application process that occurs on a two-year, then three-year cycle that fulfill the 5-Year 2020-25 Consolidated Plan. No grants are allowed to be given to individuals, but are awarded to nonprofit organizations with a federal 501 (c) 3 or similar status.

 The City also receives an allocation of HUD HOME funds, and has joined with the cities of Pittsburg, Concord, Walnut Creek, and the County to combine these funds to build more affordable housing for lower income renters. The Contra Costa HOME/CDBG Consortium works closely together to produce required federal planning documents, such as the 2020-25 Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice and the 2020-25 Contra Costa Consortium Consolidated Plan, which outlines how federal monies will be invested in the coming five-year period. You can find these documents below.

To learn more about the CDBG program, please see the Frequently Asked Questions below or contact the CDBG/Housing Consultant below.

Email CDBG & Housing Consultant

Fair Housing And Tenant/Landlord Issues

Job affected by the Covid-19 pandemic?

Need help understanding the City or County rent moratorium?

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.

2020-2025 Analysis of Impediments/Assessment to Fair Housing Choice

Recipients of funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) have a duty to affirmatively further fair housing, by taking proactive steps to overcome housing discrimination and segregation. To help meet this requirement, Contra Costa County is working with the Cities of Antioch, Concord, Pittsburg, and Walnut Creek as well as the three Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) in Contra Costa County to conduct an Analysis of Impediments (AI).

The AI is a report that identifies fair housing issues in Contra Costa and the region, contributing factors to issues, and outlines goals and strategies to address issues. The fair housing analysis in the AI focuses on patterns of integration and segregation, racially and ethnically concentrated areas of poverty, disparities in access to opportunity, and disproportionate housing needs. Other components of the AI examine publicly supported housing, disability and access, fair housing enforcement, and demographics. The AI process involves an analysis of data provided by HUD, local data from the jurisdictions and PHAs, and feedback gathered from the community. The recommendations in the AI will be used to inform future policies in Contra Costa County that will promote fair housing choice and inclusive communities. We invite you to review this draft AI and submit comments.

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