HUD No. 11-17
June 30, 2011
HUD ANNOUNCES $2 MILLION FOR COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN THREE CONNECTICUT CITIES FOR REMAINDER OF FY2011
HARTFORD - U.S. Housing and Urban Development New England Regional Administrator Barbara Fields today
announced that three Connecticut local governments will receive more than $2 million to support community development and produce more affordable housing in Hamden Town, Norwalk, and Stratford.
The FY2011 Continuing Resolution significantly reduced overall funding for the CDBG and HOME programs compared to last year. The nation's CDBG funding was reduced by more than $600 million, or approximately 16.5 percent, while the HOME program funding was reduced by more than $200 million, or approximately 11.7 percent.
"These programs are absolutely critical to communities across Connecticut," said Fields. "As we work under the challenges of our nation's deficit, we must also understand that these programs are essential in promoting community development, producing affordable housing, helping our homeless and even supporting long-term disaster recovery."
The funding announced today includes:
- $ 496,380 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds for Hamden Town;
- $ 889,537 in CDBG funds for Norwalk; and
- $ 637,030 in CDBG funds for Stratford.
$2,022,947 CT Total
Since 1974, HUD's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program has provided approximately $132 billion to state and local governments to target their own community development priorities. The rehabilitation of affordable housing and the improvement of public facilities have traditionally been the largest uses of CDBG although the
program is also an important catalyst for job growth and business opportunities. Annual CDBG funds are distributed to communities according to a statutory formula based on a community's population, poverty, and age of its housing stock, and extent of overcrowded housing.
HUD is instituting several important program priorities in the upcoming year. First, the Department's consolidated planning process will be enhanced. Largely unchanged since the mid-1990s, the 'Con Plan' will be simplified by integrating HUD's technology systems and eliminating the need to prepare a separate annual performance report. Second, HUD's Office of Community Planning and Development is moving rapidly to implement its unified OneCPD technical assistance process which is particularly important as many local governments continue to struggle with budgetary pressures resulting from the economic downturn. Finally, HUD is again urging grantees to consider the needs of returning veterans and their families in the design and administration of these formula programs.
HUD's mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. HUD is working to strengthen the housing market to bolster the economy and protect consumers; meet the need for quality affordable rental homes: utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life; build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination; and transform the way HUD does business. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet at www.hud.gov and espanol.hud.gov.