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.

Residents invited to provide feedback on CDBG annual report

The city is currently taking public comment on the 2016 Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER), which explains activities the city has undertaken from October 1, 2016 to September 20, 2017 with CDBG funding. 

View the 2016 CAPER draft document

A draft of the CAPER is also available for review from November 14 through December 8, 2017 at the Commerce City Community Development Department, located on the first floor of the Commerce City Civic Center at 7887 E. 60th Avenue. 

Community members are invited to comment on the CAPER as follows:

  1. Provide written comments during the 15-day period ending on December 8, 2017 at 5 p.m.  Written feedback can be submitted to: 
    CDBG Coordinator 
    7887 E. 60th Avenue 
    Commerce City, CO 80022
  2. Attend the public hearing at the December 4 city council meeting starting at 6 p.m.  Residents can provide verbal comments during the public hearing by signing up on the register before the meeting. City Council meetings are held at the civic center, 7887 E. 60th Avenue.

Commerce City welcomes people with disabilities. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact Cheryl Steinberg at 303-289-8168 or 10 days advance notice will allow us to provide seamless access.  Para información en Español llame al 303-227-8818.

Planning for Future Projects

The city has completed drafts of its 2017 Annual Action Plan and an amended version of the 2016 Annual Action Plan, which are currently in the approval process. The Annual Action Plan describes community needs, funding priorities, and projects to be funded for each year of the city’s five-year Consolidated Plan.

After a thorough review of all public input and project proposals, city staff has recommended funding the following projects for the 2017-2018 plan year:

 2017 CDBG AAP Project Estimated Amount 
 Sidewalk Construction & Repair (Historic City)  $123,630
 Local Bus Stop Improvements (Historic City)  $50,000
 Home Repair Program  $101,121
 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 recently updated 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 

Share Your Ideas

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

Potential CDBG-funded Projects Could Include:

  • 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

Projects Being Completed in 2017

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
  • Program administration

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.