Community Development Block Grant Program
The City of Manhattan has been an Entitlement Community in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program since 2010. The CDBG Entitlement Program provides the City with federal dollars based on an annual formula allocation for grant projects that benefit low and moderate-income persons, families, and neighborhoods.
Participation in the Entitlement Program requires the City to prepare a Consolidated Plan, which is updated every 5 years, and an Annual Action Plan that is updated each year of the 5-year Consolidated Plan, and to adopt and maintain a Citizen Participation Plan (CPP), which encourages full and proper citizen participation at all stages of the CDBG Program processes.
Citizen Participation Plan
The Citizen Participation Plan (CPP) encourages full and proper citizen participation at all stages of the grant program and designates the structure, procedures, roles and policies to be followed by program participants and are consistent with the federal requirements for the Community Development Block Grant Program and the Section 108 Loan Guarantee Program.
For non-English speakers, the City website has a translation page to convert text to multiple other languages. Para los que no hablan inglés, el sitio web de la ciudad tiene una página de traducción para convertir texto a varios otros idiomas. The City encourages all interested persons to submit comments and questions by email to Christina L’Ecuyer, Grant Administrator at email@example.com.
The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Consolidation Plans, as amended broadly provide a basis and strategy for the CDBG Program. The current Consolidated Plan covers the Years 2020-2024, beginning on July 1, 2020 and ending on June 30, 2025.
Manhattan develops a Consolidated Plan using a collaborative process whereby the community establishes community needs, program goals, and propose projects and activities to address over five years. The new Consolidated Plan for the grant years, 2020-2024, was subsequently amended twice to incorporate funding and program goals from the 2020 CARES Act. These have been incorporated into the PY 2020-2024 Cares Act 2nd Amendment-Consolidated Plan.
The first year of the Consolidated Plan also includes the 2020 Annual Action Plan, which provides a concise summary of the activities and programs that take place during that specific year to address priority needs set forth in the Strategic Plan, including funding.
Annual Action Plans
All Annual Action Plans provide a concise summary of the activities and programs that will take place during each specific year for the use of funds allocated to the City of Manhattan by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
HUD provides the City with funding each year for CDBG Programs,. Once the annual allocation of CDBG funds is known the City of Manhattan adopts an action plan consistent with the approved 5-Year Consolidated Plan to use funding. For the five years covered by the current adopted Consolidated Plan, the City anticipates continuing funding for the housing rehabilitation program, for the public service agencies in the community, and for new public facility and infrastructure improvements.
Each Annual Action Plan (AAP) Program (PY) beings on July 1, of each year and ends on June 30, of the following year. The AAP specifies the activities, actions, and projects the City will implement with the CDBG allocation for the upcoming Program Year to address the priority needs and objectives identified by the Consolidated Plan. The AAP is available for 30 days for public review, and a Public Hearing is held regarding the objectives, goals and projects contained in it, before the City Commission approves it's submission to HUD.
HUD has allocated $542,228.00 to the City of Manhattan's for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program Year 2021. The current adopted Annual Action Plan may be reviewed and downloaded below.
- Adopted 2016 Action Plan
- Adopted 2017 Action Plan
- Adopted 2018 Action Plan
- Adopted 2019 Action Plan
- Adopted 2021 Action Plan
Performance and Evaluation
The City of Manhattan annually prepares a Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) at the end of each year to evaluate the actions and performance of the AAP Year.
Ninety days after the end of each grant year on June 30th, the City prepares the (CAPER) for HUD that outlines the activities, beneficiaries, and actions taken during the grant year. The current DRAFT 2020 CAPER is available for all interested persons to download and/or review, and comment for 15 days prior to submission to HUD on September 28 of each year.
Cares Act Funding
The CDBG CARES Act Grant (CDBG-CV 2020) still has funds available that can be used to Prepare for, Prevent the spread of, or Respond to the impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Funds will be disbursed on a first come-first served basis. Attached is the application, several documents provided for instruction and guidance, and a blank sample of the grant contract that each agency must sign.
CDBG-CV is a re-imbursement type grant, so if any agency has had to “dig into its savings” in 2020 or had shortfalls in grant funding or fundraising in 2020 as compared to 2019, due to impacts of COVID 19, the difference lost is eligible for replacement funding through CDBG-CV. Examples of this could include, but is not limited to:
a decrease the Special Alcohol grant funding from the City, or
not being able to hold typical fundraising events, and the difference from 2019 to 2020 can be documented,
hiring of staff to sanitize facilities or equipment between clients’ usage,
Documentable hours where staff spent time dealing specifically with COVID related issues or impacts on clients, which was funded from savings or used fundraising dollars intended for other activities/or initiatives.
For the funds that agencies are asking to replace or support, there are 3 minimum reporting requirements. CDBG-CV requires agencies document the number of clients from Manhattan that they served, the income level of their clients (extremely low, very low, or low income) unless clients are part of a presumed benefit group, as well as the race and ethnicity of clients. There are other demographics that HUD may ask for depending on the clientele, and all are included on the reporting form. HUD permits clients to self-certify, and the City will provide a form for that if needed.
The applications are set up to help determine that funds requested will not ‘supplant funds’ and will not duplicate benefits each agency may have already received from other sources. However, CDBG-CV can support funding that was received (make up the difference), or can replace funding that was eliminated.
The City has cleared these types of requests with HUD, and agencies must be able to document the funding decrease from 2020 and potentially 2021, or the amount of funds that were eliminated, or otherwise used to assist clients with COVID related issues.
Finally, CDBG-CV funds are a separate source of funds not related to ESG or annual CDBG allocations, so if any agency is already receiving these funds or has received these funds in 2020 and still had COVID-related shortfalls, counting the clients served with CDBG-CV funds in making up the difference will not be considered a duplication of beneficiaries.
If you have any questions, please call 785 587-2430.
Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing
HUD also requires the City to update its Analysis of Impediment to Fair Housing (AI). The AI process involves a thorough examination of a variety of sources related to housing, the fair housing delivery system, housing transactions, locations of public housing authorities, area having racial and ethnic concentrations of poverty, and access to opportunity. In accordance with the applicable statutes and regulations governing the Consolidated Plan, the City certifies that it will affirmatively further fair housing by taking appropriate actions to overcome the effects of any impediments identified in the Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice and maintain records that reflect the analysis and actions in this regard.
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