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ALERT: Colorado is on a statewide Stay-at-Home order (effective March 26-April 11) asking residents to stay home unless they are performing critical activities. All City of Commerce City facilities and rec centers remain closed to the public through April 17. Visit c3gov.com/covid-19 for updates.

Commerce City receives federal funding for community projects that benefit low-to-moderate income residents through the CDBG program. The CDBG program aims to provide decent housing, a suitable living environment, and expanded economic opportunities for Commerce City residents.

The city is always looking for community project ideas that benefit low-to-moderate income residents.Submit an idea for consideration

Comment on proposed community projects at April 15 virtual meeting

We want to hear your feedback on proposed community projects that could be funded with federal grant dollars. The city’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program gathers public feedback each year to select projects that meet federal requirements for assisting low- to moderate-income residents and neighborhoods. The city held an initial project idea meeting on Feb. 4 and accepted project applications from nonprofit organizations through March 11.

 Virtual Public Meeting – Review of Proposed CDBG Projects

  • Wednesday, April 15
  • 10:30 a.m. 
  • Link to virtual meeting is TBA. It will be published here when available.

The meeting will be held in English with Spanish interpretation assistance available. 

Audio service for blind/visually impaired residents

The city began a partnership with the Audio Information Network of Colorado (AINC) to provide free local news and information in an audio format for people who cannot read, including those who are blind/losing vision, illiterate, or physically unable to hold a book or newspaper. Funding for the project comes from the city’s CDBG program. 

The audio content provided includes news, consumer information, health and wellness, entertainment, and education in both English and Spanish. Programs are accessible via voice-activated audio devices such as an Amazon Echo with Alexa. AINC offers in-home set up of equipment, training to use devices, and helps listeners obtain discounted internet services.

To explore the audio programs and apply, visit AINColorado.org or call 303-786-7777.

Applying for CDBG Funds

Home Repairs for Homeowners

Home repairs can be pricey. The good news is income-qualified Commerce City homeowners may be eligible for one or more Home Repair Programs (HRPs), as part of the city’s CDBG program. Currently, there are three HRPs available for homeowners:

  • Minor Home Repair Program – minor home repairs (up to $7,500 per household)
  • Weatherization Program – furnace and hot water heater improvements
  • Paint-a-Thon Program – exterior painting for seniors and disabled homeowners

The city accepts applications year-round until the funding is completely utilized. Home repair projects are completed on a first come, first served basis.

Learn about HRPs eligibility requirements and download the application

Nonprofit Funding

CDBG funding is available for nonprofits, community- and faith-based organizations, businesses, and city departments. All are encouraged to apply. CDBG can fund activities/projects for low-to-moderate-income residents such as: neighborhood improvements, transportation, senior services, youth services, crime prevention, housing counseling, homelessness prevention, medical and dental services, legal services, victim assistance, fitness promotion, literacy labs and crisis intervention.

Learn more about nonprofit funding and download the application

2019 Annual Action Plan (AAP)

On July 1, 2019, city council approved the 2019 CDBG Annual Action Plan that includes the projects listed below. The listed projects assist low to-moderate-income residents in Commerce City.

2019 CDBG AAP Project List

 

Estimated Amount

Domestic Violence Victim Support Program (DVV)

$30,000

Audio Information Network of Colorado

$14,862

Groundwork Denver

$19,410

Minor Home Repair Program (MHRP)

$178,515

Arapahoe (and Adams) County Weatherization Program

$75,000

Brothers Redevelopment – Paint-a-Thon

$25,000

CDBG Program Administration & Planning

$85,697

Estimated 2019 CDBG AAP Total

$428,484

Amended AAPs

On July 1, 2019, city council also approved the reallocation of unspent funding from previous years to affect the 2018 AAP. Reallocations include:

  • The Minor Home Repair Program will receive an additional $94,000
  • The Domestic Violence Victim Support Program will receive an additional $11,840
  • The Small Business Resource Center will receive an additional $10,000

See the amended AAPs below for more details.

Five-Year Plan and Previous Plans

The city’s five-year Consolidated Plan provides a framework, program goals and strategies for CDBG-funded projects into 2021. The city also submits an Annual Action Plan (AAP) for each funded program year detailing the specifics projects to be funded. The Citizen Participation Plan provides the framework and process for CDBG planning required by HUD (the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development). Over 750 residents, city employees, and public service professional from various demographics, organizations, and viewpoints were contacted to provide feedback during the 2019 citizen participation process to help steer the development of the 2019 AAP. The Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Reports (CAPER) present the progress of each CDBG program year.

Plans:

Reports:

Program Background

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Dating 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.