The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program supports community development activities to build stronger and more resilient communities. To support community development, activities are identified through an ongoing process. Activities may address needs such as infrastructure, economic development projects, public facilities installation, community centers, housing rehabilitation, public services, clearance/acquisition, microenterprise assistance, code enforcement, homeowner assistance, and other necessary projects.
At the City of Scranton, The Office of Community Development has disbursed CARES Act funds for activities that benefited low- and moderate-income persons by providing housing, a permanent job, and other public services. CARES Act also provided funds for improved infrastructure and elimination of blighted conditions. Other CDBG funds have been used both directly and indirectly in low/moderate income areas of the City for Health and Wellness Programs, Police and Fire Department Equipment, Childcare Services, Non-Profit Organizations, Social Services, Streetscapes, and other Public Services.
Low/Moderate Income limits are strictly monitored on local, state, and national levels to ensure that funds are disbursed appropriately, as per the eligibility criteria following: CDBG funds may be used by the grantee or other public or private nonprofit entities for the acquisition, construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, or installation, of public improvements or facilities. The regulations further specify that facilities that are designed for use in providing shelter for persons having special needs are considered to be public facilities.
Applicants must be incorporated for profit, nonprofit, or public organizations or businesses able to undertake the approved activity within the boundaries of the City of Scranton. Applicants must demonstrate the financial management and programmatic expertise to successfully develop, design, implement and monitor the proposed activities. This expertise can be demonstrated through previous experience in successfully developing projects, either by partners or key staff within the business or organization. And finally, applicants must be able to meet other federal requirements relative to the CDBG program, specifically those concerning equal opportunity and fair housing, affirmative marketing, environmental review, displacement, relocation, and acquisition, labor, lead-based paint, conflict of interest, debarment and suspension, and flood insurance. Federal requirements do apply and include those listed in 24 CFR Part 570. The funds must be used for activities that meet a CDBG National Objective: provide primary benefit to lower-income persons or households, or aid in the elimination of slums or blight or meet other identified community development needs having a particular urgency.
HOME, or the Home Investment Partnership Programs administered by Housing and Urban Development provide grants to state and local governments to create affordable housing for low-income households. HOME funds a wide range of activities including constructing, acquiring, and/or rehabilitating affordable housing for rent or homeownership or providing direct rental assistance to low-income households.
Specifically in the City of Scranton funds are disbursed for Rent, Utility, Mortgage and Legal Assistance for those income qualifying individuals. The Homebuyer program, administered by NeighborWorks of NEPA makes the American Dream of homeownership possible for low/moderate income families in the City. The Home Rehab Program facilitates repairs for low/moderate income persons while giving hands-on training to Johnson College students. The Income Limits listed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on 04/26/2022 are as follows:
|Household Size||30% Limits Preliminary Extremely Low-Income||Very Low 50% Limits||Owner Low Income 80% Limits|
Income limits for families with more than eight persons are not included in the printed lists because of space limitations. For each person in excess of eight persons, 8 percent of the four-person base should be added to the eight-person income limit. (e.g., the nine-person limit equals 149 percent (132 + 8) of the relevant four-person income limit.)
Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) program focuses on assisting people to quickly regain stability in permanent housing after experiencing a housing crisis and/or homelessness. This program became especially critical since the onset of COVID19 and the decrease in immediate housing for persons in this situation.
The City of Scranton provides these funds for emergency shelter, re-housing, homeless prevention, and crisis intervention, in partnership with organizations such as St. Joseph’s Center, Catherine McAuley Center, United Neighborhood Centers, Community Intervention Center, Catholic Social Services, Women’s Resource Center and other organizations that meet the criteria of one or more of the following: engage homeless individuals and families living on the street, improve the number and quality of emergency shelters for homeless individuals and families, help operate these shelters, provide essential services to shelter residents, rapidly re-house homeless individuals and families, and/or prevent families and individuals from becoming homeless.
Last modified: June 27, 2022