FY 2015-16 Funding Cycle is Underway - See below for important information:
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
VENTURA COUNTY ENTITLEMENT AREA
FY 2015-16 ANNUAL ACTION PLAN DEVELOPMENT
MARCH 5, 2015, 1:00 p.m.
Lower Plaza Assembly Room
Government Center, Hall of Administration
800 S. Victoria Avenue, Ventura, CA 93009
The County of Ventura will conduct the second public hearing for development of the FY 2015-16 Annual Action Plan. This 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 this public hearing is to discuss specific recommended projects to be funded by HUD Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), and Home Investment Partnerships (HOME) funds. Attendance is mandatory for applicants with projects recommended for funding.
The County anticipates similar funding to FY 2015-16 for the Entitlement Area, across all entitlement grant programs. Funding amounts for FY 2015-16 are $1,488,904 in CDBG funding, which may be utilized for activities for persons of low-income that fall into the categories of housing, public facilities, economic development, and public service; $136,542 in ESG funding, which may be utilized to address the needs of homeless people in emergency or transitional shelters and to assist people to quickly regain stability in permanent housing after experiencing a housing crisis and/or homelessness; and $427,452 in HOME funding to increase the supply of affordable housing for low-income persons.
This also serves as notice for a possible third public hearing to be conducted on March 20, 2015, at 9:00 a.m. in the same Lower Plaza Assembly. For further notification whether the third meeting will be held or additional information on the HUD funding process, please visit http://www.ventura.org/community-development/hud-grants.
Provisions to accommodate handicapped, hearing impaired, and non-English speaking individuals at the public hearing will be made available upon request by calling (805) 654-2251 at least 48 hours prior to the hearing.
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.