CDBG Awards

2017 Fourth Quarter Awards

$10,244,083 in grants for 12 city projects and 2 county projects have been awarded. The funds available for awards included $11,518,980 from the 2017 CDBG allocation and $97,314 from funds returned/recaptured from prior awards. The remaining, unobligated funds of approximately $1,275,000 will be included in the 2018 CDBG competitive application round (May 1, 2018, to July 31, 2018). The grants from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program will assist rural communities with funding for important projects around the state.

City of Haines

The city of Haines owns and operates a public drinking water system. The current system has numerous compliance deficiencies related to the system supply and pressure, identified in a 2004 water system master plan and the 2013 Master Plan Amendment Technical Memorandum. To address the system needs, the city received CDBG funding in 2013 to retain a professional engineering firm to prepare an Oregon Health Authority and Business Oregon approved final design, construction specifications and construction bid documents for a water improvement project. The design and engineering was completed in 2016. With this award, the city will complete construction improvements addressing the regulatory compliance. Activities to be covered consist of storage tank replacement, abandon Well #2, install Well #3 upgrades, and install water meters.

Due to prior CDBG funding, the city was eligible to seek $1,908,112 of the $2,500,000 maximum allowable. The city has secured additional financing through Safe Drinking Water Revolving Loan Program for $1,818,265 to complete the project. Total award: $1,908,112.

City of Falls City

Falls City currently operates a STEP system with the drain field located under the Falls City High School football field. The city has experienced wastewater on the football field requiring the city to close the field. Falls City also needs to upgrade the capacity to the system for development in both residential and business. The current system was installed in the 1980's and is reaching the drain field's life expectancy.

Falls City, through the adopted facilities plan, would like to replace the current recirculating UV gravel filter and drain field treatment with lagoon storage/treatment facility. They are seeking CDBG funding to retain a professional engineering firm to prepare a Department of Environmental Quality and Business Oregon approved final design, construction specifications and construction bid documents for a wastewater improvement project. Total award: $330,000.

City of Irrigon

The city of Irrigon owns and operates a public wastewater system. City of Irrigon is under a Mutual Agreement Order (MAO) with Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), per permit requirements, due to their failure to meet effluent for nitrogen and nitrate-nitrogen. The MAO was renewed in 2017 and the City has completed a Facility Plan with a professional engineering company regarding the necessary steps toward achieving compliance. The existing septic tank effluent gravity (STEG) connections are degrading the useful life of collection system elements and the highly toxic STEG effluent poses substantial risk to public health and safety. Converting connections is a critical priority in achieving reliable and cost-effective compliance. In raising the biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) concentrations, nitrogen and nitrate-nitrogen can be lowered as the facility is designed.

The city is seeking funding to complete design/construction of the first priority steps towards addressing the compliance, which is the conversion of existing STEG sewer connections within Area 1 and 2 of the city into conventional gravity connections. In order to complete the full project cost, the city has secured financing through Bank of Eastern Oregon for $1,395,000. Total award: $2,500,000.

City of Prineville

The city of Prineville is the applicant on behalf of the Soroptomist Charitable Trust, a non-profit organization currently operating the Prineville Senior Center, which provides services to Prineville as well as the surrounding Crook County area. The center is currently serving approximately 1,347 unduplicated seniors (defined as 60 years and older) with more than 90% of the services being home meal delivery and on site meals. The city is eligible for and submitted an application in the amount of $1,500,000 for funding to complete design and rehabilitation to the existing senior center facility. The Oregon Food Bank Program also contributed $5,000 to the project. Total award: $1,500,000.

Baker County

Baker County is the applicant on behalf of Eagle Valley Rural Fire Protection District (EVRFPD). The EVRFPD has served the surrounding community for 111 years. The fire protection district is now housed in a small block building with limited space and is in need of assistance to develop a new Fire Station. The EVRFPD conducted an income survey of the area to be served by the proposed fire station to ensure the project will meet the National Objective of the program, which is to serve at least 51% or more persons that are low to moderate income.

EVRFPD currently owns the property to be utilized as a new site for the proposed fire station. With this project, the recipient will demolish the current structure on the land as well as design and construct a new approximately 6,200-square-foot building. The county is eligible for funding and submitted an application for $1,288,700. The county also secured $67,800 in additional contributions from various local sources. Total award: $840,676.

City of La Grande

Baker, Union, and Wallowa counties have entered into an agreement to sponsor this regional microenterprise program, with Wallowa County as the lead.

The three counties have a high rate of unemployment, with lower than average wage rates compared to the rest of the state. The region has experienced long-term economic dislocation and has not fully recovered from the recent recession. Conversely, this region has indications of a high level of self-employment that partners well with the purpose of the Microenterprise program, which is to provide classes for current and aspiring business owners to learn about business planning concepts, marketing and social media, pricing, and book keeping. This program will help determine feasibility of business start-up, improve operations with one of the ultimate targets to increase profitability and subsequently the creation of new jobs as a byproduct.

The requested $55,000 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 County.

The project will meet the federal national objective of serving 51% or more low- and moderate-income (LMI) persons by collecting family size and income information from each client and monitoring this data to ensure that at all times this program meets the requirement. Total award: $55,000.

City of Astoria

The city of Astoria submitted an application to provide 0% interest, deferred payment loans to homeowners whose incomes are at or below 80% of median income. The funds would be used to repair and renovate homes to meet health, safety, and security standards with a concentrated effort on handicap accessibility modifications. It is anticipated the average rehabilitation loan will be $14,570 and repairs will include roof repair/replacement, repairing and replacing failed heating systems, repairing and upgrading electrical systems, mold abatement, and other items that currently make the home unsafe. CDBG funds also will be matched with Weatherization Funds received by Community Action Team that will be the certified sub-grantee assisting the city on this project. The area to be served will include Clatsop, Columbia, and Tillamook counties. Total award: $400,000.

City of Stayton

The city of Stayton submitted an application to provide grants to eligible homeowners in Stayton, Aumsville, Mt. Angel, Turner, and the unincorporated areas of Marion County. The city will be partnering with Valley Development Initiatives, the non-profit arm of the Mid-Willamette Valley Council of Governments. The focus of these grant funds will be to provide needed health and safety repairs to eligible homeowners living in manufactured homes in parks. To enable the funds to be used for persons with limited or no other options, eligible structures would be limited to homeowners who do not have adequate equity in their homes or live in a manufactured home in a park so a lien would not be able to be placed on the property. Repairs will be identified following an inspection of the property based on, at a minimum, the HUD Housing Quality Standard. It is expected 30 homes will be assisted with a maximum amount of $10,000 per residence. Due to the amount reflected for the estimated cost of repairs to properties being less than what was requested, a conditional award will be made pending further clarification and justification of need. If it is found the actual need for repairs is less than what was requested, the award will be reduced. Total award: $400,000.

City of The Dalles

The city of The Dalles applied for $400,000 to rehabilitate the homes of approximately 32 eligible homeowners in Hood River and Wasco counties. The city will work with Columbia Cascade Housing Corporation (CCHC), 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 and specific repairs such as fire hazards, dry rot, foundation problems, structural issues, insulation, and other weatherization needs as well as plumbing, mechanical, and electrical issues are anticipated. Where possible, weatherization dollars also will be utilized. Total award: $400,000.

City of Harrisburg

The city of Harrisburg has submitted a housing rehabilitation application to provide deferred, no interest loans to qualified low- to moderate-income homeowners in areas of Linn County including the cities of Harrisburg, Lebanon, Brownsville, Halsey, Scio, Sweet Home, Tangent, Waterloo, and unincorporated communities within Linn County. The city will work with Willamette Neighborhood Housing Services (WNHS), a certified sub-grantee with extensive experience in the CDBG housing rehabilitation program. Approximately 12 eligible homeowners will receive rehabilitation loans for repairs such as sewer/water line repair/replacement, roof repair, replacement, handicap accessibility needs, dry rot, structural issues, and similar health and safety issues, etc. Total award: $400,000.

City of Roseburg

The city of Roseburg submitted a housing rehabilitation application to provide grants to eligible homeowners for necessary and critical repairs to their homes. It is anticipated the award would assist at least 30 households with a maximum grant of $10,000 each. The area to be served includes Roseburg, Winston, and Myrtle Creek. Top priority will be given to homes needing repairs such as water and wastewater lines, mitigating hazardous building materials (lead-based paint and asbestos), or handicap accessibility modifications. Other anticipated repairs include improvements or repairs to correct substandard building systems (electrical, plumbing, roofing, heating systems, building envelopes, dry rot repairs, etc.). The city will be partnering with NeighborWorks Umpqua (NWU) a certified sub-grantee with extensive experience in the housing rehabilitation program. Total award: $400,000.

City of Ontario

The city of Ontario has submitted a housing rehabilitation application to provide grants to eligible homeowners for much-needed repairs on their homes. The area to be served will include Ontario, Nyssa, Vale, and unincorporated areas of Malheur County. Funds will be provided as grants to repairs approximately 24 homes. Anticipated repairs may include lead-based paint abatement/removal, private sewer and water lines, 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 Community In Action, a certified sub-grantee with extensive knowledge of the CDBG housing rehabilitation program. Total award: $400,000.

City of Pilot Rock

The city of Pilot Rock is requesting $400,000 in housing rehabilitation funds to assist eligible homeowners with funds in the form of grants for needed repairs to their homes. The areas to be served include Pilot Rock, Pendleton, Adams, and unincorporated areas of Umatilla County. It is anticipated the grant would provide assistance to approximately 20 homes. Repairs would include handicap accessibility/reasonable accommodations, repair/replace old plumbing, substandard electrical, dry rot, replacing outdated/broken heating systems ,and crumbling foundations. The city will enter into a sub-grant agreement with Greater Eastern Oregon Development Corporation (GEODC). In turn, GEODC will manage the grant administration and will enter into a Professional Services Agreement with Community Action Program of East Central Oregon (CAPECO) to manage the program management that includes housing inspections, contractors, and housing repairs. Total award: $400,000.

Union County

Union County has submitted a housing rehabilitation application to provide zero-interest, deferred loans to low- to moderate-income homeowners. It is anticipated they will provide rehabilitation loans to 20 eligible homeowners. Typical repairs are expected to include foundations and other structural items, roof repair/replacement, plumbing, electrical, siding, heating systems, dry rot, and kitchen and bath repairs due to inadequate or unsanitary conditions due to deferred maintenance. Handicap accessibility needs will also be a priority. The County will enter into a sub-grant agreement with Community Connection of Northeast Oregon (CCNO), a certified sub-grantee. Total 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 a quarterly 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.