City of Aiken Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires any recipient (Grantee) that receives federal funding from HUD to provide a 5-Year Consolidated Plan. The Consolidated Plan is designed to help states and 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 Community Planning and Development (CPD) formula block grant programs such as the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program, HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) Program, Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) Program, and Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) Program.
The Consolidated Plan is carried out through Annual Action Plans, which provide a concise summary of the actions, activities, and the specific federal and non-federal resources that will be used each year to address the priority needs and specific goals identified by the Consolidated Plan. Grantees report on accomplishments and progress toward Consolidated Plan goals in the Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER).
To review the City of Aiken’s CDBG 5-Year Consolidated Plan, Annual Action Plan and Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER), click on the following link.
How CDBG funds help us
The City of Aiken has been designated by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as an Entitlement Community. This means that each year an application for continuation is completed for submission to HUD and the City of Aiken is able to receive a small allocation of CDBG funds directly from the HUD office..
To best utilize these limited dollars, the City of Aiken develops a five year comprehensive plan to identify community needs. Each year staff and the Community Development Committee recommend to the City Council how to best use CDBG funds to address the needs of low and moderate income neighborhoods.
Over the years some of the funded programs have been:
This Program targets and inspects overgrown lots and dilapidated abandoned houses in low-and-moderate income neighborhoods as well as scattered sites that are deemed slum and blight. Vacant lots are mowed and cleared of trash and debris. Dilapidated and burned vacant houses are demolished.
Lot Clean Up
This activity involves demolishing dilapidated structures and clearing vacant lots in low-income neighborhoods.