Community Development Block Grants

Community Development Block Grants

As outlined in Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act, the primary goal of the CDBG program is "the development of viable communities, by providing decent housing and suitable living environment and expanding economic opportunities, principally for persons of low and moderate incomes." In addition to the national program goals and objectives outlined by this Act, the State designs its CDBG program to do the following:

  • to be flexible enough to address community priorities;
  • to ensure neutrality and fairness in the treatment of all applications;
  • to promote the proper maintenance of owner-occupied housing;
  • to assist communities to preserve and develop, in a sustainable manner, basic infrastructure;
  • to support economic development activities that principally benefit low- and moderate-income persons through job training and job creation.

 

All incorporated cities and all counties in the State, except those designated as HUD entitlement areas, are eligible to apply for and receive funds under this program.  Eligible activities include public facilities (such as water and sewer facilities, and community buildings), housing rehabilitation, economic development and job training. State administrative rules for the program contain a complete listing of eligible activities. At least 70 percent of CDBG funds allocated to local governments will be used for activities that principally benefit low- and moderate-income persons. For these purposes, low and moderate-income persons means they have incomes at or below 80 percent of the area median income defined by HUD annually in March.

 

For more information contact Rachelle Howe or Lori Brockway.


News Headlines

American Heart Association Hosts Safe Routes to School Legislative Breakfast at Iowa State Capitol

Posted: Mon, January 18, 2016

The American Heart Association of Iowa held their first Legislative Breakfast of 2016 on Wednesday, January 13th at the Iowa State Capitol focusing on the need for a state funded Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program.  As a federally-funded program, SRTS provides the financial resources to repair sidewalks, hire crossing guards, and remove the barriers that discourage parents from allowing their students to walk to school.  Because Iowa has received limited federal funds, the American Heart Association is encouraging the state legislature to invest $1.8 million to create a state-funded Safe Routes to School program.

Supporters and volunteers from across the state joined the American Heart Association at the Iowa State Capitol to talk with their lawmakers about why they support a state-funded SRTS program due to the health, safety and economic benefits it will provide for all Iowans, and especially children.  Supporters were able to talk with approximately 50 Iowa legislators who were in attendance at the breakfast including Senator Liz Mathis, Representative Dave Heaton, Senator Mike Gronstal, Representative Linda Miller, Senator Janet Petersen and Representative Dave Maxwell, who is also a heart disease survivor.  

One supporter who came to talk with legislators at the event was Ashley Christensen, Safe Routes to School Coordinator for Northeast Iowa.  She talked about the health benefits saying, “Children today are not getting enough physical activity which leads to many health issues.  And one of the best ways to create more opportunities for our children to be active is through supporting Safe Routes to School.”

There are safety and economic benefits, along with many others, that a SRTS program would provide as well.  It would cut down on pedestrian accidents because in areas without sidewalks, children are twice as likely to be struck by a vehicle.  And allowing school districts to cut even just one bus route would save a school district $37,000 per year, easing the financial burden on schools already struggling with budget cuts.

To learn more about Safe Routes to School in Iowa the public is encouraged to contact the American Heart Association’s Safe Routes to School Campaign Manager Carrie Mueller at Carrie.Mueller@heart.org or 515-414-3212 or visit www.HealthierIowa.com.

About the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association:
The American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association are devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – the two leading causes of death in the world. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. The American Stroke Association is a division of the American Heart Association. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or visit www.heart.org.

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UERPC January Newsletter

Posted: Mon, January 18, 2016

Some of the headlines you can read about this month:

  • Transportation Alternatives Project (TAP) Applications due February 26, 2016
  • Board Member Spotlight-Mark Kuhn
  • Surface Transportation Project (STP) Applications due February 26, 2016
  • I-Walk Project
  • Housing Fund Receives Grant
  • UERPC Hosts Annual Legislative Event
  • Safe Routes Approved for Funding
  • IowaWorks Did you Know-Apprenticeships
  • IARC Hosts Legislative Event at Capitol
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Funds Available for First Time Homebuyers

Posted: Wed, January 13, 2016

Upper Explorerland RPC has funding to assist First Time Homebuyers and Qualified Veterans with down payment and rehabilitation assistance in the Cities of Decorah, Oelwein, Elkader or Marquette.

With these IFA funds, homebuyers can receive up to $24,999 in assistance for rehabilitation and down payment assistance.

For an application and more information on the First Time Homebuyer Program, please contact Upper Explorerland RPC, at 563-864-7551 and ask for Sarah Snitker, ext. 101 or Michaela Collins, ext. 102. Application can be obtained online at www.uerpc.org.

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Job Opening-Safe Routes to School Coordinator

Posted: Mon, January 11, 2016

SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL COORDINATOR
The Iowa Northland Regional Council of Governments (INRCOG) in Waterloo is seeking a Safe Routes to School Coordinator to work with school staff, children, parent/teacher groups, and community members to increase the number of families and youth walking and biking to school. Bachelor’s degree in Leisure Services, Youth and Human Services, Health Promotion and Education, Public Administration, Marketing, or other related field and one year experience in implementing school age programs, public outreach, or public relations required. Applications may be requested by calling (319) 235-0311 and will be accepted until the position is filled.  EOE

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