Hillsboro’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program distributes federal funds to states, counties, and urban cities to fulfill the following program goals, principally for the benefit of low-income and moderate-income persons:
- Decent housing
- A suitable living environment
- Eliminate slums and blight
- Expand economic opportunity
- Respond to an urgent need
The primary objective of the CDBG Program is the development of viable urban communities, primarily for low and moderate-income persons, through decent housing, a suitable living environment, and expanded economic opportunity.
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CDBG CARES Act Funding (CDBG-CV)
The City of Hillsboro will receive $439,454 in CDBG-CV funds to be used to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the spread of COVID-19 through the federal Coronavrius Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).
The City will use the funds to provide rent, utility, and food assistance to community members in need.
The CDBG-CV funds were allocated to cities by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
A Substantial Amendment to the CDBG 2019-20 Annual Action Plan is required to describe how the funds will be spent locally.
The amended action plan was built based on consultations with service provider organizations, communications with City departments, and news reports about the impact of COVID-19 in our community.
The Action Plan Amendment is available for public review and comment from May 28, 2020 through June 2, 2020 at 5 pm.
Please email Omar Martinez, Community Development Program Coordinator by June 2, 2020 to submit your comments.
Please Note: A Substantial Amendment to a CDBG Annual Action Plan typically would typically require a 30 day public comment period. Under the CARES Act, the City is required to provide no less than five days for public comment.
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The City of Hillsboro has been a part of a Joint Entitlement community with the Washington County Consortium in HUD's CDBG program since 2000. Since then, Hillsboro has received approximately $9.8 million in CDBG funding.
In 2018, the City of Hillsboro elected to become an Entitlement Community and created its own CDBG program.
In order to receive annual CDBG funding, the City must submit an Annual Action plan in support of the 2015-2020 Washington County Consolidated Plan under which the City operates. The City identifies in the Action Plan its goals for CDBG programs and it also serves as the criteria against which HUD will evaluate the City's performance in carrying out the identified goals.
CDBG Timeline and Funding
Grant applications open annually in early December and are due in mid-January.
Funded projects typically begin in July and must be completed by the end of June of the next year.
- The minimum grant request for Public Facility applications is $50,000.
- The maximum grant request is $150,000.
- Projects with matching funds will score higher on application.
Depending on final CDBG allocation from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the maximum grant request amount is subject to change.
To be eligible for CDBG funding, the activity must meet one of the three national objectives of the program.
- Low-Income and Moderate-Income: At least 70% of a grant recipient’s funds must be used for activities that benefit low-income and moderate-income persons.
- Slum or Blight: The City of Hillsboro currently has no designated areas that meet a definition of a slum or blight. The elimination of specific conditions of blight or deterioration on a spot basis is permitted in order if the activity prevents the spread to adjacent properties or areas.
- Urgent Need: An activity must alleviate existing conditions that are a serious and immediate health or welfare threat to the community where other sources of funds are not available. This objective is rarely used.
Review the National Objectives and Eligibility document for more detailed information.
All proposals must also address one or more of the objective statements identified in Washington County's 2015 to 2019 Consolidated Plan. Review the Consolidated Plan's Objective Statements.
In order to apply, an agency or organization must demonstrate that it is:
- Organized as a 501(c)(3) or (c)(4) not-for-profit corporation, or
- A tax-exempt organization with letter of determination from the Internal Revenue Service.
Organizations must also demonstrate:
- Experience and Capacity: Adequate management experience and financial capability in the organization to meet accounting standards and reporting requirements as set forth in federal regulations listed in the contract.
- Insurance Requirements:
- Commercial General Liability Insurance – required for all agencies that receive funding
- Professional Liability Insurance – required if services provided under the contract are by a licensed professional
- Automobile Insurance – required if driving is within the scope of services provided under the contract
- Worker’s Compensation Insurance – required for all agencies that receive funding
- State Prevailing Wages: All sub-recipients and contractors shall ensure compliance with Oregon prevailing wage laws in ORS 279C.800 et seq.
The City of Hillsboro will evaluate applications based on the following criteria:
- Experience managing federally-funded projects (CDBG preferred)
- Agency capacity – financial and staffing, references
- Washington County Consolidated Plan 2015-2020 priority, number served
- Benefit to Special Needs and Low-Income and Moderate-Income (LMI) Persons
- Project budget, leverage of other funds, partnerships with other agencies
- Activity management and completion within one year
2020 to 2024 Consolidated Plan and Analysis of Impediments
Purpose of Planning Efforts
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires that jurisdictions receiving Community
Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds conduct planning efforts to address regulatory requirements.
- Consolidated Plan
- Analysis of Impediments
These two planning efforts were undertaken beginning in December of 2018 and will continue through May of 2020.
Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice
The Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice is a planning process for local governments, public housing agencies, and partner entities to:
- Take meaningful actions to overcome historic patterns of segregation,
- Promote fair housing choice, and
- Foster inclusive communities that are free from discrimination.
The Analysis of Impediments uses collected data to identify and analyze impediments to fair housing choice and develop strategies to address those impediments. This planning effort also involves a comprehensive community engagement process.
Review and Comment
The Draft 2020 to 2024 Analysis of Impediments is available for its first public review and comment through Monday, February 10, 2020.
- Review and submit comments the Draft Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice through Washington County's website
2020 to 2024 Consolidated Plan
The Consolidated Plan is a five-year housing and community development strategic plan that is based on quantitative and qualitative data collection combined with community engagement to inform how to best utilize the scarce federal resources over the five year period.
Visit the Washington County website for more information.
The first draft of the 2020 to 2024 Consolidated Plan was available for public comment December 16, 2019 through January 20, 2020.
- Review the 2024 Consolidated Plan Draft through Washington County's website.
- Section 3: Hillsboro's CDBG Consolidated Plan begins on page 186
The final draft will be available for public comment in March/April.
Draft Housing Market Analysis
The City of Hillsboro also collected feedback on the Draft Hillsboro Housing Market Analysis that will be included in the Washington County Consolidated Plan when finalized.