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.
Public Input Meetings
Join us to share your ideas on how the city should spend half a million dollars on 2020 community projects that benefit low-to-moderate-income residents/neighborhoods in the city. Your idea(s) can become a reality if it qualifies for the CDBG program. Previous funding projects have for example, assisted the elderly, helped crime victims, discounted the cost of recreational programs and started a home rehabilitation program.
CDBG Public Input Meeting #1
Wednesday, Jan. 23
Eagle Pointe Recreation Center, San Juan Room
6060 E. Parkway Drive
(English and Spanish resources will be available)
CDBG Public Input Meeting #2
Thursday, March 28
Time and Location TBD
Submit Your Project Ideas
If you are unable to attend the public input meetings, you may submit project suggestions through the forms below. Your idea(s) can become a reality if it qualifies for the CDBG program.
Idea examples of possible CDBG-funded projects:
- Job training
- Small business assistance
- Neighborhood beautification
- 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
- Neighborhood clean-up programs
Planning for Future Projects
City council approved the city’s 2018 CDBG Annual Action Plan (AAP) in July 2018; The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) approved the plan in September 2018. The approved projects listed below are currently in the implementation process:
|2018 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|
Applying for CDBG Funds
Nonprofits and government agencies can apply for funds from the city's CDBG program each year for housing and community development projects. These projects must meet federal grant regulations, serve Commerce City residents, and be identified as a priority in the city’s 2016-2020 Consolidated Plan. The deadline for 2019 applications is March 13, 2019.
Home Repairs for Residents
Home repairs can be pricey. The good news is low-to-moderate-income Commerce City residents may be eligible for one or more Home Repair Programs (HRPs), as part of the city’s CDBG program. In total, there are three HRPs available for residents:
- Minor Home Repair Program –minor home repairs not to exceed $7,500 per household
- Weatherization Program –home energy efficiency improvements
- Paint-a-Thon Program –exterior painting for seniors and disabled homeowners
Eligibility requirements and the application will be available starting January 28, 2019.
Five-Year Plan and Other 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 for each program year containing more detail about specific projects to be funded. 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 the initial five-year plans for the city's CDBG program.
- 2016-2020 Consolidated Plan and 2016 Annual Action Plan
- Citizen Participation Plan
- 2016 Annual Action Plan (amended June 2017)
- 2017 Annual Action Plan
- 2018 Annual Action Plan
- 2016 Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER)
- 2017 Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER)
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:
- Benefit low and moderate income persons
- Prevent/eliminate slums or blight
- 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.
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.