Livable Communities: It’s a Group Effort


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This session examines the inter relationships among federal
agencies to ensure the availability of quality of life issues, such as safe and affordable housing, energy conservation and efficiency, and walkable communities. Federal grants are available for
communities with an integrated vision for connecting economic
development, community development, and environmental
protection to create greater livability.
Speakers: Ray Canchola, Deputy Director of Community Planning and Development and Daryl Hernandez, Senior Management
Analyst, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development;
Elmo Dowd, Policy Advisor, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency; Molli Nickerson, Director, Community Services, Project Now, and Co-Chair of Northwestern Continuum of Care
Foundation: Scott Crane, President, United Way of the
Quad Cities
Facilitator: Kyle Cecil, Agriculture and Natural Resources
Educator, University of Illinois Extension

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Livable Communities: It’s a Group Effort

  1. 1. HUD Community Planning and Development Programs<br />
  2. 2. HUD Office of Community Planning and Development<br /><ul><li>Manage over 1 billion in Federal grant programs
  3. 3. Monitor and provide technical assistance
  4. 4. Ensure timely expenditure of grant funds</li></li></ul><li>HUD’s Strategic Goals<br />Strengthen the Nations Housing Market to Bolster the Economy and Protect Consumers<br />Meet the need for Quality Affordable Rental Homes<br />Utilize housing as a platform for improving Quality of Life<br />Build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination<br />Transform the way HUD does business<br />
  5. 5. Goal 1: Strengthen the Nations Housing Market to bolster the Economy and Protect Consumers<br /><ul><li>Deal with the foreclosure crises
  6. 6. Neighborhood Stabilization Program (3 rounds)
  7. 7. Create and retain jobs
  8. 8. CDBG-R – Shovel ready projects
  9. 9. Economic Development Programs under CDBG
  10. 10. Focus on homeless prevention
  11. 11. HPRP – Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-housing</li></li></ul><li>Goal 2: Meet the Need of Quality Affordable Rental Housing<br />HOME Investments Partnerships Program <br /><ul><li> Formula grants to 19 Participating Jurisdictions
  12. 12. Construction, rehabilitation and rental assistance
  13. 13. PJs provide 25% match
  14. 14. 15% Set-aside for Community Housing Development Organizations
  15. 15. Period of affordability</li></li></ul><li>Goal 3: Utilize Housing as a platform for improving Quality of Life<br />Community Development Block Grant Program<br /><ul><li> 45 Formula grantees
  16. 16. Provides funding for a wide range of eligible activities
  17. 17. Activities must meet one of three national objectives
  18. 18. Benefit low/mod income persons
  19. 19. Prevention or elimination of slum/blight
  20. 20. Meet a particular urgent need</li></ul>Continuum of Care Homeless Assistance Programs<br /><ul><li> 180 active grantees
  21. 21. SHP, S+C, SRO
  22. 22. Homeless Veterans Initiatives
  23. 23. Hearth Act Consolidation</li></ul>Promote Healthy Environment<br /><ul><li> Conduct Lead Based Paint reviews
  24. 24. Provide on-going Environmental training</li></li></ul><li>Goal 4: Build Inclusive and Sustainable Communities free from discrimination<br /><ul><li> Work closely with the HUD Office of Sustainable Communities to help build energy and location efficient communities
  25. 25. Ensure grantees are affirmatively furthering fair housing </li></li></ul><li>Goal 5: Transform the way HUD does business<br /><ul><li>More inner office collaboration
  26. 26. Collaboration with other Federal and State Agencies
  27. 27. On-going grantee and HUD staff training
  28. 28. Look at ways to improve customer service</li></li></ul><li>The secret to funding success<br /><ul><li> Do your homework, research the programs, then ask questions
  29. 29. Get to know the key players (Federal, local and State Agencies)
  30. 30. Know when to apply for funding (e.g. Notice of Funding Availability)
  31. 31. Put your team together (e.g. Construction, Financing, Environmental)
  32. 32. Follow the rules and regulations, self evaluate
  33. 33. Keep good records
  34. 34. Believe in yourself, don’t quit until you succeed</li></li></ul><li>Collaboration with other Federal and State Agencies<br />Collaboration with other Federal and State agencies is key to assisting returning Veterans<br /><ul><li> HUD VA VASH Partnership
  35. 35. Working Partnership with Veterans Affairs on job training, housing and services</li></li></ul><li>