FY 2015-16 Funding Cycle is Underway - See the links below for the Calendar of Important Dates and Grant Application packages:
COUNTY OF VENTURA
CONSOLIDATED ANNUAL ACTION PLAN - FY 2015-16
AND REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
NOTICE OF MANDATORY PUBLIC HEARING
Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 9:00 a.m.
County Government Center, Administration Building
Lower Plaza Assembly Room, 800 S. Victoria Avenue, Ventura
The County of Ventura Entitlement Area will conduct the first FY 2015-16 Consolidated Annual Action Plan Public Hearing on Wednesday, November 12. It is mandatory for potential applicants to attend the hearing in order to submit an application in December. Sign-ins and speaker cards will not be accepted after 9:15 a.m.
The public hearing will be held jointly with the cities of Fillmore, Moorpark, Ojai, Port Hueneme and Santa Paula that, along with the County unincorporated area, comprise the Entitlement Area. The purpose of the hearing is to receive input from non-profit organizations and other agencies regarding unmet needs for low-income persons and outlining potential activities to address those needs. The public hearing will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. and end no later than 11:00 a.m. Public comment will be limited to three minutes per program.
The input received at the public hearing will be considered in preparing the County’s Consolidated Annual Action Plan for FY 2015-16. The Action Plan will outline projects to be funded through three U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grant programs: the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, the HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME), and the Emergency Solutions Grant Program (ESG).
The County received $1,500,000 in CDBG funds for the current cycle, but anticipates a reduction in allocation. CDBG funds may be utilized for affordable housing, public facilities, economic development, and public service (limited to 15% of the grant amount).
The County received $446,000 in HOME funds for the current cycle, but anticipates a reduction in allocation. Funds may be used to increase the supply of affordable housing for low-income persons for the acquisition, new construction, reconstruction or substantial rehabilitation of housing, and tenant-based rental assistance.
The County did not receive ESG funds for the past two cycles, but expects to receive an allocation of an unknown amount which may be utilized to provide services for persons who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Prior allocations have ranged from $80,000 to $150,000.
CDBG, HOME and ESG applications, instructions, program summaries and the calendar of key dates for the FY 2015-16 funding process will be available November 13, on-line at the County Executive Office’s website at http://www.ventura.org/divisions/community-development (click on HUD Grants).
In addition, the County is accepting project proposals for current, unprogrammed funds of approximately $500,000 for CDBG and approximately $170,000 for HOME. Applications and instructions are available on-line at the above website. Proposals should be submitted as soon as possible.
If you require language translation, physical assistance or other assistance to attend or participate in the hearing, please contact Gia Allen at (805) 654-5027 by November 5, 2014.
Community Development staff is dedicated to serving the diverse needs of Ventura County residents, primarily those with lower incomes, to meet the unmet needs for affordable and supportive housing, community development programs, social service programs and economic development opportunities. This mission is carried out thanks to the following HUD grant programs:
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) - CDBG funds may be used for public facilities; public improvements; urban infrastructure; housing programs; economic development programs; and public services principally for persons of low and moderate income (which is defined as 80% or less of the area’s median income). Click here for more information from HUD regarding the CDBG program.
HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) – the primary purpose of this program is to provide decent, affordable housing, to lower-income households; expand the capacity of nonprofit housing providers; strengthen the ability of state and local governments to provide housing, and leverage private-sector participation. See information below regarding becoming a Community Housing Development Organization under the HOME Program. Click here to view more information from HUD regarding the HOME program.
Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) - The Emergency Solutions Grant Program provides funding to: (1) engage homeless individuals and families living on the street; (2) improve the number and quality of emergency shelters for homeless individuals and families; (3) help operate these shelters; (4) provide essential services to shelter residents, (5) rapidly re-house homeless individuals and families, and (6) prevent families and individuals from becoming homeless. Click here to view more information from HUD HRE.
Continuum of Care Process and NOFA (CoC) - The CoC interim rule establishes the regulations for the Continuum of Care program. The rule focuses on regulatory implementation of the new Continuum of Care (CoC) Program, including the Continuum of Care planning process. The existing homeless assistance programs that comprise the Continuum of Care program are the following: the Supportive Housing program, the Shelter Plus Care program, and the Moderate Rehabilitation/Single Room Occupancy (SRO) program. Click here for more information.
HUD Community Planning & Development
Click here to view planning and reporting documents which provide programmatic information about these federally funded grant programs and their objectives; the projects and programs to meet the needs of the Entitlement Area; and recent goals and accomplishments of these programs.