CDBG Awards

2020 Community Development Block Grant Awards

Business Oregon awarded $3,210,000 in grants for eight (8) city or county projects, which included unobligated funds from previous years. The grants from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program will assist rural communities with funding for important projects around the state. The eight (8) awards are summarized below:

City of Dallas

The city of Dallas will contract with Polk Community Development Corporation (Polk CDC) to use CDBG funds to rehabilitate homes owned by residents at or below 80% of the Area Median Income. These grant funds will be available to eligible homeowners in Dallas, Monmouth, Independence, and non-entitlement areas in Polk County.

The focus of these grant funds will be to provide needed health and safety repairs to eligible recipients. Polk CDC anticipates providing grants to repair approximately 23 homes. Anticipated repairs may include lead base paint abatement/removal, private sewer and water lines, handicap accessibility/reasonable accommodation requests/repairs, upgrade/repair substandard plumbing and electric, roofing, siding, insulation, weatherization, heating systems, etc. Total CDBG award $400,000.

City of Gold Beach

The city of Gold Beach will contract with Umpqua Community Development Corporation, doing business as, NeighborWorks Umpqua (NWU) to implement a South Coast Housing Rehabilitation Program. NeighborWorks will use CDBG funds to provide grants to eligible homeowners in Curry County, Port Orford, and Brookings. The South Coast Housing Rehabilitation Partnership Program will provide grants to low-income homeowners at or below 80% of the Area Median Income so critical repairs can be made to their homes. The city of Gold Beach anticipates providing grants to approximately 30-40 homes, including manufactured homes in parks.

Typical repairs include health and safety upgrades of housing systems (electrical, plumbing, waterproofing, and heating); corrections to structures to maintain health, life and safety standards, including water and septic; and general improvements to the exterior and interior of homes. Total CDBG award $500,000.

City of Lebanon

The city of Lebanon will contract with DevNW to implement a Linn County Housing Rehabilitation Program. DevNW will use CDBG funds to provide grants to eligible homeowners in Lebanon, Sweet Home, Brownsville, Halsey, Harrisburg, Scio, Tangent, Waterloo, and all unincorporated cities of Linn County. The Linn County Housing Rehabilitation Partnership Program provides deferred, low interest rehabilitation loans to qualified low- to moderate-income homeowners in targeted areas of Linn County. Typical repairs include upgraded housing systems (electrical, plumbing, waterproofing, and heating); corrections to structures to maintain health, life and safety standards, including water and septic; and general improvements to the exterior and interior of homes.

DevNW currently manages a waitlist of approximately 25 low- to moderate-income homeowners living in Linn County. Total CDBG award $400,000.

City of Nyssa

The city of Nyssa will contract with Community in Action (CinA) to use CDBG funds to rehabilitate homes owned by residents at or below 80% of the Area Median Income. CinA will provide grants to eligible homeowners in Nyssa and Malheur County. The focus of these grant funds will be to assist low- to moderate-income homeowners with needed repairs, enabling them to have better living conditions and quality of life. The program will include addressing health and safety issues along with critical needs, energy efficiency measures, and other repairs that would allow the homeowner to reside in their home.

The program currently maintains a waitlist of approximately 31 that include but is not limited to the following types of repairs: emergency repairs, structural alterations, repairs or improvements to plumbing, electrical, or septic systems; replacement of roofing, floors, or windows; making accessibility improvements for seniors and disabled, lead paint abatement, code violations, and energy efficiency. Total CDBG award: $400,000.

City of The Dalles

The city of The Dalles submitted an application to provide grants to eligible homeowners in Hood River and Wasco counties. The city will partner with Columbia Cascade Housing Corporation (CCHC) to implement a Mid-Columbia Home Repair Grant Program. The focus of these grant funds will be to provided needed health and safety repairs to approximately 31 low- to moderate-income households including households living in manufactured housing. Grants from this program will assist to repair problems like fire hazards, dry rot, foundation problems, structural issues, insulation, and other energy efficiency and weatherization needs as well as plumbing, mechanical and electrical issues.

The city of is seeking funding for a housing rehabilitation program. Total CDBG award: $500,000.

City of Tillamook

The city of Tillamook owns nearly one (1) acre of property surrounding Well 2 within city limits. The city proposes to design and construct two 250,000-gallon water reservoirs on the property surrounding Well 2. This will give the city a total of 500,000 gallons of water storage, to meet daily peak demand and emergencies. The city owns property around Well 2 and this would be the site of the proposed reservoir. The city has recently replaced Well 3 pump and continues to improve water supply and distribution with this added resiliency of a water storage reservoir. The storage reservoirs will include design that resist ground movements from a CSZ earthquake.

The city is currently seeking funding to proceed with the final design of two water reservoirs. Total CDBG award: $247,500.

City of Umatilla

The city of Umatilla owns and operates a public wastewater system. Through an extension of Umatilla's wastewater distribution infrastructure, the city intends to extend services to the residents of Power City and Brownell communities providing sewer service to 63 residences currently served by private septic systems. Both areas are located within the city's Urban Growth Boundary. The Power City project area, which includes approximately 36 residences as well as several commercial properties, is currently served by individual septic systems. The Brownell project area is a small residential area, which includes 35 residences, of which 27 are served by individual septic systems and 8 are already connected to the city’s wastewater system.

The city of Umatilla and these communities are within the Lower Umatilla Groundwater Management Area (LUBGWMA). A 2006 study (Oregon State University, Umatilla Sub-Basin Data Synthesis and Summary was prepared for the Umatilla County Critical Groundwater Task Force and the Stakeholders of Umatilla County) identifies domestic septic systems as one of the five primary factors of nitrate pollution in this critical area. This project will help to reduce the levels of nitrate/nitrogen in the groundwater.

The city is currently seeking funding to proceed with the final design of the wastewater system extension to provide reliable services to Power City and Brownell community. Total CDBG award: $362,000.

Josephine County

Josephine County requested funding for a housing rehabilitation program. The county will partner with AllCare Community Foundation; Common Connections to establish the first housing repair and rehabilitation program specifically for Josephine County. Grants will be provided to eligible homeowners in unincorporated Josephine County including the city of Cave Junction and the urban growth boundary of Grants Pass; excluding all areas of Grants Pass within its incorporated city limits. The focus of these grant funds will be to assist low- to moderate-income homeowners with needed repairs, enabling them to have better living conditions and quality of life. The program will include addressing health and safety issues along with critical needs, energy efficiency measures, and other repairs that would allow the homeowner to reside in their home.

The county is seeking funding for a housing rehabilitation program. Total CDBG award: $400,000.

Competitive Application Process

The program serves the non-metropolitan cities and counties of Oregon with funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Business Oregon reviews applications for funding under the CDBG program on an annual basis or until all funds available for the year have been obligated. You are encouraged to contact the department and allow its regional development officer to work with you to develop an eligible project.