Community Development Block Grant Program
The primary objective of the Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) is the development of viable urban communities, by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment, and expanding economic opportunities, principally for low and moderate-income persons.
Each year, the U.S. Department of Housing and Community Development (HUD) allocates funds to cities for their local community development projects. The City of Annapolis distributes these funds to local organizations through the CDBG program, based on its goals and objectives outlined in its Five Year Housing and Community Development Consolidated Plan. For the past 30 plus years, the City has used its CDBG funds to provide homeownership opportunities, housing rehabilitation services, and support for various human service activities.
The City's Community Development Division in the Planning and Zoning Department administers the CDBG program. The City's Housing and Community Development Committee has oversight responsibility for the CDBG program and the use of CDBG funds. Each year, the Committee recommends the funding to the City Council, which approves all CDBG-funded projects. The approved projects then become the basis for the annual CDBG Action Plan.
Annapolis FY 2020 CDBG Action Plan
In Fiscal Year 2020, which started July 1, 2019, the City received $284,361 in CDBG Entitlement funds from HUD and $157,555 in program income. Of this amount, the City allocated 85 percent to capital projects and 15 percent to public service projects to be implemented by the following organizations:
- Arundel Lodge, Inc.
- Anne Arundel County Community Action Agency
- Blessed In Tech Ministries
- Center of Help
- Housing Rehabilitation - Arundel Community Development Services
- Housing Authority of the City of Annapolis
- Homes for America
- Light House Shelter
- Restoration Community Development Corporation
Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER)
The Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) is a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) mandated report for all communities receiving Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding. The CAPER reports the City of Annapolis success in meeting the housing and community development goals and objectives contained in its Five-year Consolidated Housing and Community Development Plan and FY 2019 Annual Action Plan.
In accordance with Title 1 of the National Affordable Housing Act, The City of Annapolis, has prepared its FY 2019 ( July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019) Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) governing its performance applicable to the Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) and progress in meeting consolidated plan priority needs and objectives. Copies of the report are available for inspection beginning September 2, 2019 through September 17, 2019 at the Department of Planning and Zoning, 145 Gorman Street, 3rd floor, Annapolis, MD 21401 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., the Housing Authority of the City of Annapolis at 1217 Madison St., Annapolis MD 21403.
The City intends to submit the Fiscal Year 2019 report to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on September 24, 2019. Interested persons are encouraged to review and comment on the report. The City will accept written comments until September 17, 2019. Please send comments to Theresa Wellman at the Department of Planning and Zoning. The City will evaluate and incorporate the written comments into the final document as appropriate. Individuals who want to review the report in an accessible format should call the Community Development Administrator at 410-263-7961 x 7798 or Telephone for the Hearing Impaired at Maryland Relay service (711).
As an entitlement community under the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG), Annapolis is required, in accordance with the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended, to “affirmatively further fair housing.” To show that the entitlement community is “affirmatively furthering fair housing,” it must conduct a fair housing analysis, which identifies any impediments to fair housing choice and the steps it will take to meet this requirement. HUD advises communities that this Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing (AI) should also address “Visitability,” the Section 504 Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as the Fair Housing Act.
The HUD Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) Office is now advising Federal entitlement communities to update its Analysis of Impediments (AI) to Fair Housing Choice to coincide with its Five Year Consolidated Plan, and then every five (5) years thereafter. In addition, each year the City, as part of its Annual Action Plan, must sign certifications that the City will affirmatively further fair housing. Consequently, the City is currently working on its AI for FY 2020 to identify the appropriate actions to overcome the effects of any identified impediments. The city must then maintain records reflecting what analysis and corrective actions were taken.
The City of Annapolis currently has a Fair Housing Law, which the Annapolis Human Relations Commission oversees and takes complaints. Please visit https://www.annapolis.gov/1398/Fair-Housing to learn more about fair housing rights in the City of Annapolis.