CDBG-CLOSE Program - Proposed to HUD, Public Comment Period
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Community Development Block Grant - CLOSE (CDBG-CLOSE) is designed to provide the necessary regulatory and financial flexibility for communities to address local needs while simultaneously addressing the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) concerns regarding Revolving Loan Funds. The Department, in consultation with HUD, has determined that the best course of action is to liquidate the remaining funding and to ultimately close all Revolving Loan Funds (RLF).
Under the CLOSE program, all locally held Economic Development Revolving Loan Funds as well as current Economic Development RLF accounts receivable will be held for communities to have non-competitive access to as grants. Communities that buy out all outstanding loans may apply for up to three (3) projects totaling the amount of their RLF Closeout Account. Communities that assign all outstanding loans to DEHCR may apply for up to two (2) projects totaling the amount of their RLF Closeout Account. In addition, UGLG’s may submit an application for up to one (1) additional Planning project. Depending upon the RLF Closeout Account balance, some communities may be eligible to apply for more projects.
Only existing Units of General Local Government (UGLG) that hold a CDBG RLF-ED fund may apply for funding.
Eligible recipients may utilize their RLF Closeout grant award for the currently authorized programs as outlined in the State of Wisconsin 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan without the matching funds requirement:
1. Public Facilities;
2. Housing Rehabilitation Conversion;
3. Economic Development projects;
4. Public Facilities for Economic Development projects;
5. Planning projects
In addition to the programs identified above, the RLF Closeout Account can be used for the following special purposes:
6. Broadband/high speed internet access for low and moderate income (LMI) residents. Grant funds can be used by the Unit of General Local Government (UGLG) for public infrastructure projects to expand broadband internet access. Examples of eligible expenses include the purchase of materials and installation.
7. Mitigation measures specifically those that address natural hazard risks; must connect the mitigation development or action to address impacts on LMI residents.
8. Public services.
DEHCR hosted a webinar for interested persons to learn more about the program's goals, eligible recipients and projects and how interested persons may stay informed and involved with the development of the program.
A link to the presentation only document may be found here