CDBG Awards

2021 Spring Community Development Block Grant Awards

Business Oregon awarded $10,807,810 in grants for eleven (11) city/county projects, which included unobligated funds from previous years. The grants from the CDBG program will assist rural communities with funding for important projects around the state. The eleven (11) awards are summarized below.

City of Cascade Locks

The city owns and operates a water/wastewater treatment facility (WWTF) that is now approximately 19 years old. While the typical design life of facility improvements is 20 years, the city is having problems with maintaining consistent compliance with the NPDES Permit. Without making identified improvements to the WWTF, the city will likely continue to violate the conditions of the NPDES Permit. The recommended improvements will allow consistent compliance with the conditions of the permit. Areas of the collection system have cracks, broken pipes, deterioration of the pipes and manholes, and separating pipe joints. Many areas of the collection system have infiltration due to the broken, deteriorated and damaged pipes and manholes. The city's main lift station is in need of upgrading.

The city's award will be partnered with additional funds to complete the construction of a new facility. Total CDBG Award $2,500,000

City of Clatskanie

The city owns and operates a water/wastewater treatment facility that was constructed in the late 1970's. The plant has performed well; however the secondary clarifier equipment failed, which resulted in discharge of inadequately treated waste and a notice of violation of the NPDES permit. The city evaluated the treatment facility in a 2020 Facility Plan that recommended the most cost effective solution was to abandon the existing facility and construct a new Sequencing Batch Reactor (SBR) facility on the existing site.

The city is awarded CDBG funding for the design and environmental assessment to get them ready to proceed for the construction phase. Total CDBG Award $ 720,000

Falls City

The city of Falls City was previously awarded CDBG Public Works funds in 2017 to complete a wastewater system improvement final design. The city currently operates a STEG/STEP wastewater system that was constructed in the mid 1980's with a drain field under the public Falls City High School football field for properties that bordered the Little Luckiamute River. Phase 2 was completed in the late 1980's and added the North side of the city onto the field. To handle the increased waste flows the discharge permit was changed to allow for discharge to the Little Luckiamute River between November and April. The current system has had multiple times that wastewater surfaced and has contaminated the Public High School football field and is expected to in the future due to all of the waste being directed to the outdated drain field. The system is operating outside the current DEQ on-site design standards.

The city is receiving an additional CDBG allocation to complete the necessary design and assessments needed prior to construction. Total CDBG award $143,000

City of Florence

The city of Florence will be contracting with St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) to implement a low-income owner-occupied housing rehabilitation program to homeowners in partnership with nine participating jurisdictions. The service area will encompass all of Lane County outside the city limits of Eugene and Springfield. These funds will be used to improve the health and safety of homeowners and will include, removing lead-based paint hazards, roofs, electrical, sewer concerns, plumbing, HVAC, weatherization and in some cases the homes may need ADA improvements.

The city of Florence anticipates being able to provide needed housing repairs to approximately twelve households whose annual gross income is at or below 80% of the Area Median income. This work is so critical to help maintain affordable decent safe and sanitary housing. Total CDBG award $500,000

City of John Day

John Day's wastewater treatment plan must be replaced. The city's wastewater treatment facility is 60 years old and no longer able to comply with modern permit requirements. Because John Day is an arid place, where water is valuable—and because land constraints and topography problems would make standard pivot irrigation impractical—the city has determined that constructing a water reclamation facility is their proposed approach. This facility would treat effluent to so-called "Class A" standards, allowing this arid city to recycle wastewater for beneficial uses.

This award is the next step in the city's project to complete design, and to do that, they need to purchase a treatment facility. Selecting a package treatment plant vendor will allow the city to determine specifications necessary to complete the design project. Package treatment plants vary widely in size, capabilities, and price.

John Day's additional funding will help to finish the design and purchase the appropriate treatment plant. Total CDBG award $2,264,500

City of Madras

The city of Madras will be working with the Jefferson County Faith Based Network (JCDBN) to construct a homeless shelter that will provide many needed services to the community. The 2,2,50-square-foot shelter will be constructed with a residential look and feel. The facility will include some of the following:

  • Men's dorm with 18 beds
  • Women's/family dorm with 5 beds
  • Isolation/recuperative care dorm with 2 beds
  • Lockers, sized appropriately to store backpacks
  • Separate men's and women's restrooms, with showers
  • Kitchen, equipped for meal preparation and food storage
  • Common area with bookshelves, seating, charging stations, dining tables
  • Healthy ventilation to ensure decrease opportunity for the spread of COVID

During the winter months the shelter will provide a safe warm place for people to stay and in the summer a cool place for people to stay. The city of Madras anticipates helping approximately 100 people per year. Total CDBG award $1,019,730

City of Newberg

The city of Newberg will be contracting with Yamhill County Affordable housing to implement a low-income owner-occupied housing rehabilitation program to homeowners in Newberg, McMinnville, and Dayton. This program will focus on low-income households in manufactured home parks and will be provided as grants to the homeowners. The grant will provide much needed repairs to ensure a healthy and safe living environment. Repairs may include roofs, gutters, siding, plumbing, heating, electrical, mold abatement, and possible ADA improvements.

The city of Newberg anticipates providing grants to approximately forty (40) households whose annual gross income is at or below 80% of the Area Median income. This work is so critical to help maintain affordable decent safe and sanitary housing in Yamhill County. Total CDBG award $500,000

City of Vernonia

The city owns and operates a water/wastewater treatment facility and have identified that their sewer connections are undersized, for the current need and only meeting no more than 80% of the demand. As a result, sewage overflow from overloading in a couple of the system locations has caused concern. Subsequently, the Oregon Department Fish and Wildlife has determined that a couple sewer pipe crossing the creeks are fish passage barriers that need to be removed. This further enhance the need for the city to replace sewer connections to the city's sewer lagoon.

The city is receiving an award for funding the design and environmental assessment to complete the collection system improvements. These improvements will address the deficiencies and reduce contaminations from the sewage overflow along with replacing the city connection to the sewer lagoon. Total CDBG Award $ 320,000

City of Willamina

The city of Willamina's intake infrastructure is failing. This failure is due to an eroding riverbank upstream that dumps silt into the city's system fouling the system and reducing or stopping the city's ability to provide water as well as damaging the system. In addition, there is a gravel bar, which is migrating and has already begun to land on the intake structure. The engineers have advised that the intake will fail within the next 2-3 years. The city's adopted WMP identified the improvements and repair/replacement needs required to address the current vulnerabilities and ensure the city can continue to provide its community with water. Most significantly, the city must complete long-term water intake improvements, long-term raw-water pump station improvements and, in addition, a 12" main line from the raw water pump station to the WTP that has been determined to be a priority one improvement as well as a main line from the WTP to the Willamina School. The long-term water intake improvements include moving the intake to a new location, which will block the migrating gravel bar and is a self-scouring basalt bedrock, will alleviate the silt fouling the system.

The city received an additional CDBG award to complete final design. This additional CDBG award will help with an increase of costs associated with some discoveries that add to the complexity of designing the project adding to the engineering and the appropriate environmental studies/permitting. Total CDBG Award $298,012

Grant County

Grant County will contract with Community Connection of Northeast Oregon to implement a low- and moderate-income owner-occupied housing rehabilitation program to homeowners in unincorporated communities of Grant County. These funds will be used to improve the health and safety of homeowners and will include, removing lead-based paint hazards, leaking septic tanks, repair private sewer lines and drain fields. In some cases the homes may need ADA improvements, roofs and other repairs to help weatherize the home.

These funds will be help households whose annual gross income is at or below 80% of the Area Median income. This work is so critical to help maintain affordable decent safe and sanitary housing in Grant County. Grant County currently has a waitlist of twenty-nine homeowners and the county is prepared to start the program once funds are awarded and available. Total CDBG Award $400,000

Klamath County (Bly Sanitary District)

The Bly Water & Sanitary District Operates a water system serving the unincorporated community of Bly and providing municipal water to 137 active connections. The system was constructed in the mid 1970'sand consists of two wells, two reservoirs and a mix of asbestos cement and thin walled PVC pipe. Since the installation of the water system 40+ years ago (1975), most of the system is reaching the end of its anticipated design life. The thin walls of this pipe make it susceptible to bursting due to repeated pressure surges seen in municipal systems. This has been very evident in the high frequency of pipe repairs on the existing thin walled PVC pipe. This is a health hazard for residents evidenced by frequent boil water notices due to loss of system pressure during a mainline break. The system experiences a significant amount of unaccounted water losses.

This CDBG award will help the county to complete the final design, environmental review document, and construction of the water main distribution system. Total CDBG Award $ 2,242,568

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.