FY23 HUD Annual Action Plan

The FY23 HUD Annual Action Plan will be considered for action by the Columbus City Council on August 9th, 2022. The anticipated submission date to HUD is August 10,2022.


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Time: Aug 9, 2022 09:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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Annual Action Plan

Introduction

The Consolidated Plan is carried out through Annual Action Plans. The goal and purpose of the Annual Action Plan is to articulate the funding decisions for projects and activities that are expected to be implemented and funded with CDBG and HOME funding throughout the duration of the Consolidated Plan. Under the City's current Consolidated Plan, Annual Action Plans will be produced for Fiscal Years 2017 – 2021.

Federal HUD funding is intended to provide low- and moderate-income (LMI) households with viable communities including decent housing, a suitable living environment, and expanded economic opportunities. Through the use of federal, state, and local funds, the City plans to carry out the objectives set forth in Consolidated Plan:

  1. Improve access to and quality of housing
    High housing costs reduce economic opportunities and access to prosperity. Existing affordable housing that is lost from the inventory will increase competition for remaining units and decrease access to affordable housing overall.
  2. Remove slum and blight
    Blighted properties detract from the quality of life for neighboring properties and preclude achieving a suitable living environment.
  3. Economic development
    Economic development through direct technical and business assistance are the catalyst for the retention and creation of new jobs.
  4. Provide public services
    The provision of public services. Public services have a 15% cap for each annual allocation.
  5. Housing/services for persons who are homeless
    The homeless/those at risk of homelessness depend on services funded by community development programs.
  6. Improve public facilities and infrastructure
    Based on physical inspection and interviews conducted during planning consultation process, existing public facilities are in need of upgrading and expansion. Outdated and deteriorating infrastructure needs to be improved or replaced.
  7. Planning and administration
    Effective and efficient implementation of CDBG and HOME funding requires adequate resources for program planning and administration.

The system for establishing the priority for the selection of these projects in Columbus is predicated upon the following criteria:

  • Meeting the statutory requirements of the CDBG and HOME program
  • Meeting the needs of LMI residents
  • Focusing on LMI areas or neighborhoods
  • Coordination and leveraging of resources
  • Response to expressed needs
  • Sustainability and/or long-term impact
  • The ability to demonstrate measurable progress and success

Priority CDBG funding areas include areas where the percentage of low- and moderate-Income persons is 51% or higher.

The primary impediment to the City's ability to meet underserved needs is the limited amount of CDBG funding to address identified priorities. The City will continue to seek public and private resources to leverage its entitlement funds in assisting with implementation of policies and programs. The City works in partnership with public institutions, private and nonprofit partners to implement activities and projects that require multiple funding sources. The reduction of funding at the local, state, and federal levels will significantly limit the resources available to meet the needs of low- and moderate-income residents. The City continues to place more emphasis on its efforts at leveraging funds with other agencies/organizations to meet the short fall.