CDBG Awards

2019 Community Development Block Grant Awards

Business Oregon awarded $8,371,147 in grants for three (3) county and thirteen (13) city projects. This amount included some funds the agency had in carryover 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 sixteen (16) awards are summarized below:

City of Richland

The current city-owned water treatment system has compliance deficiencies related to potential cryptosporidium in the water supply and high copper levels detected at residences. The New Bridge Water District has water supply issues and has been in discussions with the city of Richland regarding tapping into Richland's water supply when the New Bridge supply is low. The city developed a Water System Consolidation Feasibility Study in 2017 to address the water supply issues for both the city and the district.

The city will provide enhanced treatment of the water supply and consolidate the water supply systems of the city and the district. The city is seeking CDBG funding to retain a professional engineering firm to prepare final design and construction specifications, as well as construction bid documents for the water treatment and expansion project. Total CDBG award: $424,100.

City of North Powder

The city of North Powder’s wastewater treatment system is facing compliance issues and needs to make improvements.

The city will need to address deficient conditions with the collection system and treatment facilities, and determine where infiltration and inflow leaking is occurring. They are seeking CDBG funding to retain a professional engineering firm to prepare an approved final design, construction specifications, and construction bid documents for a water improvement project. Total CDBG award: $276,000.

Klamath County—Bly Water District

Klamath County submitted an application on behalf of the Bly Water and Sanitary District. The district operates a water system serving the unincorporated community of Bly. The current system was constructed in the 1970s and is reaching the end of its designed life. The system is susceptible to bursting due to pressure surges and is causing a health hazard for residents as evidenced by frequent boil water notices.

The city is seeking funding to complete an engineering design to replace the existing distribution system with adequately-sized pressure cycle and flows. The design would also include replacing asbestos cement distribution mains, failing isolation valves, and damaged fire hydrants, when necessary. Total CDBG award: $276,210.

City of Madras

The city of Madras updated its Water Master Plan in 2015 and through the planning effort discovered that a large part of its system was undersized to adequately serve the city. Segments of the city’s water mainline date back to the 1950s and earlier, with 2”-6” galvanized steel pipes. These small pipes have resulted in water transmission problems including low capacity, low pressure, and high velocity within the system. The city experiences an average of 22% water loss, which shouldn’t exceed 15% based on the Oregon Health Authority standard.

The city is seeking funding to complete design that will include surveying and engineering the water system upgrade and preparation for the future construction phase. Total CDBG award: $471,735.

City of Monument

The city’s well system is in poor condition, and the city of Monument has been under formal enforcement action from Oregon Health Authority since 2013 to develop a water source that meets treatment standards for filtration and disinfection. The city has financed the final design and environmental review to address the issue, and the project is ready for construction bids.

The project is construction of a cartridge filtration system as well as creating a distribution system for non-potable water. The building housing the filtration system will also receive some minor repairs as a part of the project. In order to meet the full project cost, the city is requesting CDBG funding. Total CDBG award: $1,799,373.

City of Halfway

The city of Halfway applied on behalf of the Pine Valley Rural Fire Protection District (PVRFPD). The current fire station is outdated, undersized, and inadequate for current and future protection needs for the rural community of Halfway. The current building was built in 1960 and the bays are barely large enough to house the district's aged fire and water trucks. The district is unable to increase its operational capacity as newer equipment will not fit inside the existing building. The PVRFPD currently struggles with high utility bills, which is a result from keeping the building constantly heated at a high level to prevent the equipment from freezing. The building structure and insulation are outdated and inefficient.

PVRFPD currently owns property that can be used as a new site for a proposed fire station. With this project, the district will design and construct a new structure of approximately 7,800-square-feet. The county is eligible for funding and is contributing $15,001. Total CDBG award: $1,500,000.

Coos County

Coos County is the applicant on behalf of the Dora-Sitkum Rural Fire Protection District (DSRFPD). In 2016, the county submitted an application for $444,950 in CDBG funds for the design and construction of a garage to house fire vehicles. Dora and Sitkum are rural communities with a shared main fire station located in Dora. Travel between the two communities requires road access that sometimes is one lane only. In the event of a disaster it could be that emergency vehicles may not be able to access one or the other communites.

The original grant request had a budget of $280,000 for construction with an additional 10% for contingency. At the time of this request the cost analysis was performed by an architect in 2015. In August 2019 the county solicited bids through a competitive process and all four bids received were well over the construction budget. The building has been redesigned with a more accurate cost analysis to reflect today’s pricing. The county and the district are asking for additional funds to construct the building and have a more accurate analysis of current pricing. The project is eligible for the additional request. Total 2019 CDBG award $311,000.

City of La Grande

Baker, Union, and Wallowa counties have entered into an agreement to sponsor a regional microenterprise program, with the city of La Grande as the lead. This Microenterprise program focuses on providing classes for current and aspiring business owners enabling them to learn about business planning concepts, marketing, social media, pricing, and book-keeping.

This region has a high level of self-employment, which partners well with the purpose of the Microenterprise program. This program will help determine feasibility of business start-ups, and improve operations of existing microenterprises.

The requested $75,000 is to be used by the coalition to work closely with Northeast Oregon Economic Development District (NEOEDD) in providing general and specific training services regarding entrepreneurship and microenterprise management. NEOEDD is the local microenterprise support organization and has an existing sub-recipient agreement with Baker, Union, and Wallowa counties. Total CDBG award: $75,000.

City of Roseburg

The city of Roseburg submitted an application on behalf of the CCD Business Development Corporation to sponsor a microenterprise program in the three-county region (Coos, Curry, and Douglas). This program would provide no-cost one-on-one counseling to small businesses, classroom-based courses, and other educational opportunities to low-income entrepreneurs living in the designated areas. During times of economic difficulty these counties can be some of the hardest hit. By providing a no-cost solution to low-income entrepreneurs and business owners this program can help strengthen the local economy.

The program intends to help approximately 40 students throughout the three counties, which will consist of six weeks of class room time, social media, fundamental skills, business planning, and one-on-one follow up to help the new businesses succeed. Total CDBG award: $100,000.

City of Falls City

Falls City applied for $400,000 to rehabilitate the homes of approximately 27 eligible homeowners in Monmouth, Independence, Dallas, and Falls City. The city will work with Polk Community Development Corporation (Polk CDCD)—a certified sub-grantee—to manage the rehabilitation program on a day-to-day basis. Overall, the funds will be used to repair and renovate homes to meet health and safety issues as well as handicap accessibility modifications. The funds will be provided to homeowners in the form of grants to make anticipated repairs such as fire hazards, dry rot, foundation problems, structural issues, insulation and other weatherization needs, as well as plumbing, mechanical, and electrical issues. Where possible, weatherization dollars will also be utilized. Total CDBG award: $400,000.

City of Sweet Home

The city of Sweet Home submitted a housing rehabilitation application to provide grants to eligible homeowners for necessary and critical repairs to their homes. The project is to target 10-12 homeowners in manufactured home parks and 8-10 other structures. The area to be served includes Lebanon, Brownsville, Halsey, Harrisburg, Scio, Sweet Home, Tangent, Waterloo, and all unincorporated communities in Linn County. Anticipated repairs include improvements to correct substandard building systems (electrical, plumbing, roofing, heating systems, building envelopes, dry rot repairs, etc.). The city will be partnering with Willamette Neighborhood Housing Services (WNHS) a certified sub-grantee with extensive experience in the housing rehabilitation program. Total CDBG award: $500,000.

City of McMinnville

The city of McMinnville has submitted a housing rehabilitation application to provide grants to eligible homeowners living in manufactured home in parks and/or on land that is not owned by the homeowner. The area to be served will include McMinnville, Dayton, Newberg, and unincorporated areas of Yamhill County. Funds will be provided as grants for repairs to approximately 45 homes. Anticipated repairs include, handicap accessibility/reasonable accommodation requests/repairs, upgrade/repair substandard plumbing and electrical, roofing, siding, insulation, weatherization, heating systems, etc. The city will enter into a sub-grant agreement with Yamhill County Affordable Housing Corporation (YCAHC), a certified sub-grantee with extensive knowledge of the CDBG housing rehabilitation program. Total CDBG award: $500,000.

City of Creswell

The city of Creswell has submitted a housing rehabilitation application to provide grants to eligible homeowners. The area to be served will include Cottage Grove, Westfir, Lowell, Florence, Junction City, Veneta, Creswell, and unincorporated areas of Lane County. Funds will be provided as no interest loans for repairs to approximately thirteen homes. Anticipated repairs include, handicap accessibility/reasonable accommodation requests/repairs, upgrade/repair substandard plumbing and electrical, roofing, siding, insulation, weatherization, heating systems, etc. The city will enter into a sub-grant agreement with St. Vincent DePaul, a certified sub-grantee with extensive knowledge of the CDBG 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.