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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

CDBG COVID-19 Response

Commerce City received a special allocation of funds for the Community Development Block Grant Program to be used to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. This allocation was authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), Public Law 116-136, which was signed into law on March 27, 2020. These funds are to respond to the growing effects of this historic public health crisis. The CARES Act will provide $246,587 in Community Development Block Grant Coronavirus funds (CDBG-CV) to the city. 

Proposed amendments to the 2016-2020 Citizen Participation Plan and 2019 Annual Action Plan
Public comment period: June 10-15

The city is seeking public feedback on substantial amendments to the 2016-2020 Consolidated Plan’s Citizen Participation Plan (CPP) and 2019 Annual Action Plan (AAP). These amendments are to comply with federal regulations regarding citizen participation for CDBG programs and applicable waivers made available through the CARES Act.  

CDBG-CV Special Funding Allocation ($246,587)

  • Rent and Mortgage Assistance                    $220,000
  • Program Administration                                $  26,587

CPP Revisions 

The city has revised the CPP to expedite CDBG programming to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. Amendments include a reduced public notice and comment period, utilizing virtual public input meetings, not requiring physical postings of the proposed documents, and well as other changes. 

View complete CPP revisions

AAP Amendments

Amendments to the 2019 AAP enable the city to receive and administer the special CDBG-CV funds authorized by the CARES Act, which total $246,587. Any additional funding made available to the city by would also be used for public services to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and facilitate assistance to eligible residents and households economically impacted by COVID-19.

The city also needs to reallocate unspent CDBG funds from both the 2016 and 2017 AAPs, funds that are included in the amendment to the 2019 AAP. CDBG-funded activities must contribute to the goals and objectives of the city’s Consolidated Plan and meet all applicable federal requirements.

A summary of the proposed activities to be funded with the additional funds is provided below. If any of these projects do not spend their full funding allocation, unused funds may be reallocated to other remaining 2019 AAP projects.

Previous AAP Allocations

AAP Year

Amount

Recommend Reallocation to 2019 AAP:

Amount

Sidewalk and ADA Curb Project

2016

$16,982

Domestic Violence Victim Support Program (DVV)

 

$16,982

Sidewalk and ADA Curb Project

2017

$11,169

Domestic Violence Victim Support Program (DVV)

and/or

 

Paint-a-Thon (PAT)

DVV
$2,369

 

 

 

 PAT
$8,800

Park, Recreation, and Golf Scholarship Program

2017

$2,500 estimated

Domestic Violence Victim Support Program (DVV)

$2,500
estimated

Totals

$30,651 estimated

 

$30,651 estimated


View complete amendments proposed for the 2019 AAP

Public Comments 

Members of the public can comment on these amendments from June 10-15. The city must receive written comments by noon on June 15, 2020. 

Submit written comments to csteinberg@c3gov.com or by fax at 303-289-3731. 

Written comments can also be submitted by mail to:

CDBG Office
7887 E. 60th Avenue
Commerce City, CO 80022

Comment at the June 15 City Council Meeting

Members of the public can also comment at the June 15 city council meeting. City Council meetings are being held remotely until further notice. Members of the public must register to comment by noon on Monday, June 15. Learn more and register to comment on our Virtual Meetings page.

Citizens requesting special accommodations should contact the City Clerk at 303-227-8791 as soon as possible. 

Audio service for blind/visually impaired residents

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this program is operating on a limited basis. Applications are still being accepted. 

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

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.