Official HUD sealCommerce City receives federal funding for community projects that benefit low- and moderate-income residents through the CDBG program, which is administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). CDBG aims to help provide decent housing, a suitable living environment, and expanded economic opportunities for Commerce City residents.

Planning for Future Projects

A draft of the city’s 2018 CDBG Annual Action Plan is now available for public review and comment. The Annual Action Plan describes funding priorities and proposed projects to be funded later this year and completed mostly in 2019 to meet the community needs outlined in the city’s five-year Consolidated Plan. 

2018 Annual Action Plan DRAFT

After a thorough review of all submitted project applications and public comments received so far in 2018, city staff has recommended funding the following projects for the 2018 plan year:

 2018 CDBG AAP Project Estimated Amount 
Minor Home Repair Program  $155,655
Small Business Resource Center – Staff & Building       $72,460
Arapahoe County Weatherization (also serves Adams County residents)  $70,000
Brothers Redevelopment – Paint-a-Thon  $25,000
Domestic Violence Victim Support Program  $25,000
Access Housing - Increased Staffing  $21,840
CDBG Program Administration & Planning $92,489
2018 CDBG Estimated Total  $462,444

Public Comment Period

A 30-day public comment period for the draft 2018 Annual Action Plan is open from May 29 to June 29, 2018. After this written public comment period closes, Commerce City will consider all comments, make any needed changes and move forward to adopt and submit the document to HUD.

Written Comments

Members of the public can submit written comments on the draft 2018 Annual Action Plan until 5 p.m. local time on June 29, 2018. Please direct written questions and comments regarding the plan to csteinberg@c3gov.com or mail to:

Community Development Department
CDBG Coordinator
7887 E. 60th Avenue
Commerce City, CO 80022

Public Hearing

A public hearing on the draft 2018 Annual Action Plan is scheduled for the July 2, 2018 city council meeting. Information on the draft plan and public feedback about the plan will be presented to city council as part of the proceedings. (Note: city council agendas are subject to change)

City Council Regular Meeting
July 2, 2018
6 p.m.
Commerce City Civic Center
7887 E. 60th Avenue
Commerce City, CO 80022

For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation for a physical disability, please contact CDBG Coordinator Cheryl Steinberg at 303-289-8168 or csteinberg@c3gov.com. Para información en Español llame al 303-227-8818.

Share Your Ideas

Submit a project suggestion form online or via the PDF document to share your input about projects for future consideration.

Applying for CDBG funds

Nonprofit organizations and government agencies can apply for a portion of the city's CDBG funding each year for projects and programs that meet federal grant regulations, serve Commerce City residents and meet a need identified in the city's 2016-2020 Consolidated Plan. The deadline for 2018 applications was March 14.

Examples of possible CDBG-funded projects:

  • Job training
  • Small business assistance
  • Neighborhood revitalization
  • Building demolition and clearance
  • Home repairs and weatherization
  • Home accessibility
  • Crime prevention and victim services
  • Homelessness prevention
  • Meals for the vulnerable
  • Summer youth activities
  • Senior programs
  • Bus stop improvements
  • Neighborhood cleanup programs

2017 Annual Action Plan

 2017 CDBG AAP Project Estimated Amount 
Sidewalk Construction & Repair (historic city)  $123,630
Home Repair Program  $101,121
Local Bus Stop Improvements (historic city)  $50,000
Domestic Violence Victim Support  $36,951
Resident Resource Directory  $10,000
Recreation Activity Scholarships  $7,000
Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing  $4,000
CDBG Program Administration & Planning $83,175
2017 CDBG Total  $415,877*

*This 2017 funding amount is not reflected in the draft 2017 Annual Action Plan (below), which still includes projected funding amounts from earlier in the process.

View the full 2017-2018 Draft Annual Action Plan

The city has also amended the 2016-2017 Annual Action Plan with the following changes:

  • Updated locations for new sidewalk construction

  • Allowing sidewalk repairs in the core city to be funded in addition to new sidewalk construction

Review the Amended 2016-2017 Annual Action Plan Draft

Projects Being Completed in 2018

The following projects will be completed using $386,340 in CDBG funds received by the city for the 2016-17 program year:
  • Sidewalk construction — various locations around the historic city
  • Bus stop improvements — multiple RTD bus stops in neighborhoods south of E. 96th Avenue

Consolidated Plan

The city’s five-year Consolidated Plan provides a framework, program goals and strategies for CDBG-funded projects into 2021. The 2016 Annual Action Plan offers details about the specific projects planned for the coming program year. The Citizen Participation Plan provides the framework and process for the required HUD planning process. Nearly 300 residents from various demographics, organizations and viewpoints provided feedback during the 2016 public engagement process to help steer the development of these plans.

Program Background

CDBG 40 year anniversary logoDating back to 1974, CDBG is one of the longest-running community development programs administered by HUD. This flexible program provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique needs serving at least one of three objectives: 
  1. Benefit low and moderate income persons
  2. Prevent/eliminate slums or blight
  3. Meet an urgent need to eliminate a threat to health and welfare
HUD determines the amount of each grant using a formula comprised of several measures of community need, including the extent of poverty, population, housing overcrowding, age of housing, and population growth lag in relationship to other metropolitan areas.

 

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Fair Housing and Discrimination

If you feel you have been a victim of housing discrimination, a number of agencies are available to help you. This list of resources can help you learn more about the law, understand your rights and/or file a fair housing complaint.