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Posted on: December 29, 2021

Council reviews success of the CDBG Program’s 2020-2021 activities

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DEC. 28, 2021 - City Council adopted the 2020-2021 Comprehensive Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER) for the Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG), recognizing its accomplishments from the past year.

The CDBG is a federally funded, formula-based grant that is allocated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to cities with populations greater than 50,000. Its purpose is to address the housing and community development needs in low-income communities through three national objectives:

  • Benefiting low-to-moderate income persons
  • Eliminating, or preventing, slum or blight
  • Meeting an urgent need

Required annually by HUD, the CAPER is a summary of the results and accomplishments of the programs funded through the CDBG Program for the past program year. Review of the CAPER allows both HUD and the City of Allen’s Community Enhancement Department to assess if the previous year’s activities met their goals.

Overall, the program met the goals established in the Consolidated Plan. Fifty-three percent of the awarded grant funds were spent within the plan year and the remaining forty-seven percent have been programed and will be spent within the first quarter of Fiscal Year 2022.

The main challenges faced by the CDBG this past year were unusually long delays in materials and the increase in construction costs resulting in home rehabilitation projects that have traditionally taken 90 days averaging 180 days this past year.

Seventy-seven percent of the awarded COVID-19 relief grant funds were spent within the plan year and the remaining twenty-three percent have been programed and will be spent throughout Fiscal Year FY22.

View the 2020-2021 CAPER

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