The City of Redmond administers the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) allocates funds to the City on an annual basis. The City's 2018-2019 allocation is $266,625.
CDBG is a flexible program that provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs. The funds are used to develop viable communities by providing decent housing, a suitable living environment, and expand economic opportunities, principally for low and moderate income persons. Low and moderate income persons are based on annual area median income and household size. Income guidelines are updated by HUD every year.
The City's program includes four main funding program areas: Affordable Housing and Homeless Prevention, Public Facilities and ADA Improvements, Public Services (limited to 15% of annual CDBG award), and Economic Development.
Plans and Reports
Consolidated Plan (Five-year)
The Consolidated Plan is designed to help local jurisdictions to assess their affordable housing and community development needs and market conditions, and to make data-driven, place-based investment decisions. The consolidated planning process serves as the framework for a community-wide dialogue to identify housing and community development priorities that align and focus funding from the CDBG programs.
Due in May of every year, after the City’s first year, the City must develop a one-year Action Plan that summarizes the City’s intended actions during that particular year with CDBG funding. This plans serves as notification to citizens and HUD by outlining the projects that the City has funded with that years CDBG allocation.
CAPER – Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report
Due in September of every year, the City reports on the activities over the past program year. The report highlights the accomplishments achieved and funds expended within the program year, regardless of the year in which the funds were awarded.
Citizen Participation Plan
The Citizen Participation Plan requirements are designed to encourage citizens to participate in the planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of the City’s CDBG plans and programs. It focuses on public involvement in the process of developing the City’s Consolidated Plan, Annual Action Plan, and a review of the annual Consolidated Annual Performance Report. Substantial amendments to the Consolidated Plan and the Annual Action Plan require public review and comments before they are approved.
As a recipient of federal funding, Redmond is required to identify barriers to fair housing and further fair housing within the City. Redmond's Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice outlines the City's findings regarding fair housing issues identified within the city and steps that will be taken to reduce or remove impediments to fair housing for protected classes.
HUD Income Limits. HUD requires that at least 51% of those benefited by any activity funded with CDBG dollars must meet low- or moderate-income guidelines for the CDBG Program, as determined by HUD. HUD defines low-income households as those earning equal to or less than 50% of Area Median Income (AMI) and moderate-income households as those earning equal to or less than 80% AMI. The HUD FY 2018 income limits for Deschutes County/Bend Redmond MSA can be found here.
The Fair Housing Council of Oregon (FHCO) is your first stop to answering your questions related to fair housing laws. They provide fair housing technical assistance, services and respond to questions and complaints having to do with housing discrimination related to federal, state and local laws. If you feel that you have been discriminated against in seeking or maintaining housing, please contact the FHCO at 1-800-424-3247, or visit their website at www.fhco.org. Publications are available in Spanish and they have staff that can speak Spanish over the phone. (Las publicaciones están disponibles en español y tienen personal que habla español a través del teléfono.)
HUD Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) webpage contains information to help you if you feel you have experienced housing discrimination.
Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI). The Civil Rights Division of the Bureau of Labor and Industries enforces Oregon´s civil rights laws. These laws ban discrimination against individuals because of characteristics that make them part of a protected class. Anyone claiming to have been discriminated against at work, in a place where the public is served such as a restaurant or a hotel, when buying or renting housing or when applying for or attending a career school can file a complaint with the BOLI´s Civil Rights Division.
Public Input and Comment Opportunities
The public is welcome to attend meetings of the Housing and Community Development Committee (HCDC) which is responsible for the oversight of the CDBG program. The committee meets the third Friday of every month at 3:00pm in Conference Room 210 at the Redmond City Hall. Committee meeting agendas, packets and minutes can be found here.
Technical assistance regarding eligible projects, project concepts, the application guidelines and any other information pertaining to the CDBG program is available upon request.