Municipalities and local municipal authorities (in partnership with the respective municipality) are able to receive CDBG funding for various eligible activities.
Eligible activities include:
- Public Works Projects (water, sewer, sidewalks, etc.)
- Housing Rehabilitation
- Removal of Architectural Barriers
- Clearance, Demolition, Removal of Deteriorated and Unsafe Structures
- Code Enforcement in Deteriorated Areas in Accordance with Public Improvements
- Acquisition of Property
- Energy Conservation Programs
Ineligible activities include:
- General Government Expenses
- Renovations of Public Buildings (except for removal of architectural barriers)
- Political Activities
- Purchase of Equipment
- Purchase of Furnishings and Personal Property
- Operating and Maintenance Expenses
- New Housing Construction
- Income Projects for Housing or Any Other Purpose
CDBG projects must meet one of three national objectives: 1) a benefit to low to moderate income residents, 2) elimination of slums and blight, or 3) urgent need. At least 70% of CDBG funds must be expended to meet the low to moderate income resident benefit.
The Homeowner Housing Rehab Program provides funding for eligible homeowners to make home improvements which brings their home up to code. To be eligible, a homeowner must be a low to moderate income resident based upon HUD’s Section 8 Income Limits.
The Homeowner Housing Rehab Program is currently funded by the Community Development Block Grant and HOME Investment Partnership Grant.
The 17th and Railroad Streets Neighborhood Revitalization Program in Windber Borough will continue revitalization efforts in this neighborhood. During the summer of 2007, approximately $500,000 was invested into new sidewalk improvements funded by the Borough’s CDBG funds. Now the Redevelopment Authority, in partnership with Windber Borough, will look to address the housing in this neighborhood.
To begin, the Redevelopment Authority will be offering housing rehabilitation to eligible homeowners. The Authority is preparing a kick-off to this program in the summer of 2008.
The 17th and Railroad Streets Neighborhood Revitalization Program is being funded with HOME Investment Partnership, Core Communities Housing and Act 137 funds.
The New Communities Anchor Building Loan Program provides low interest loan funds to a developer to renovate and redevelop eligible vacant buildings in the Main Street area of Somerset Borough.
Currently, the Somerset Borough Anchor Building Loan is being lent to Susquehanna Properties Co., LLC to redevelop the former Penn Furniture Building on the “diamond” in uptown Somerset Borough. The building will be redeveloped into Class A office space.
The Somerset Borough Anchor Building Loan Program is funded by the DCED’s New Communities Anchor Building Program.
The Redevelopment Authority of Somerset County (“Authority”) is offering facade improvement grants to qualified property owners in the areas of South Center Avenue and South Edgewood Avenue from Patriot Street south to Cannel Drive in Somerset Borough. The program is designed to encourage property owners to rehabilitate the facades of their homes and properties as part of a community revitalization effort. Facade improvements must improve the exterior physical appearance of the structure.