Community Development Digest


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HUD Embarks on Sweeping Rewrite of CDBG Rules

The new “Interim Final Rule” allows comments for 60 days, but the comment window is moot because HUD has absolved itself from delaying immediate enforcement of the rule by declaring prior public notice and standard comment period “impracticable, unnecessary, or contrary to the public interest.”

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Westchester Goes Head-To-Head with HUD on CDBG

The county is challenging HUD’s authority to deny or withhold grants while accusing the county of noncompliance with the terms of their 2009 fair housing settlement.

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HUD Cuts CDBG Grants for ‘Too Rich’ Locales

Eight New York towns and villages will no longer receive Community Development Block Grant awards because they are too affluent according to HUD’s new definitions of affluence.

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HUD Budget Would Up Funding for Colonias

The budget would authorize the states of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California to set aside up to 15% (from the current 10%) of their Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding for these rural border communities that often lack adequate water, sewer, and/or decent housing.

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City Severs CDBG Ties With HUD

City Council members in Hudson, OH unanimously reject support for the city’s participation in the community development block grant and HOME programs.

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HUD’s CDBG Policy Shift Falls Under Fire

The Deoartment of Housing & Urban Development's shift in policy to make the agency’s study of Community Development Block Grant spending more rigorous has communities fuming. HUD now declares three Washington state communities ineligible to receive further CDBG subsidies. They persuade Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA) to intercede and ask HUD Secretary Julian Castro to find an alternative solution to the problem.

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HUD Announces 2014 Indian CDBG Grantees

Funds go to Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages and are used to develop strong Indian and Alaska Native communities.

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HUD Backs Off on Hillsborough CDBG Refund Demand

HUD’s order to Hillsborough County, FL to repay the department $1.02 million for what the department alleged was the county’s misspending has been quietly pulled back.

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Setback in WestchesterCounty Settlement

The Deoartment of Housing & Urban Development tells Westchester County, NY that it will not receive more than $5 million in community development grants for 2014.

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Indiana Communities to Benefit from $1.5 Million in CDBG Funding

Five Indiana communities are receiving grants totaling $1.5 million for a variety of projects through the Public Facilities Program managed by the state’s Office of Community and Rural Affairs. Funded by a federal community block grant, this program is available to communities for facilities o...

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