Today HUD CPD announced the FFY 2015 CPD formula grant allocations. Please see the image showing the allocations for CPD MD formula grantees.
The forwarded message from Deputy Assistant Secretary Cliff Taffet includes HUD's suggestions regarding the use of these funds. Of course, formula grantees remain free to utilize these funds in a manner consistent with their locally-determined goals and priorities and the provisions of the Consolidated Plan final rule and the rules applicable to each formula grant program.
Please note in particular the language in bold; HUD will be ending the use of the FIFO system beginning with the FFY 2015 formula grant funds. Additional direction and guidance with regard to this matter and plan submission issues will follow.
These funds will be awarded upon HUD's receipt, review, approval, and processing of Annual Action Plans and, where required, new five-year Consolidated Plans. We anticipate that these documents will be submitted no later than May 15, 2015 unless a later submission date has been approved by this Office. For FFY 2015, seven of our eleven formula grantees will be using HUD's eCon Planning Suite software, which can be accessed by grantee and contractor staff with approved IDIS access for the pertinent IDIS submodule.
Any questions concerning plan submission should be addressed to your CPD Representative for the CDBG Program.
Mr. Charles E. Halm
10 South Howard Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone – (410) 209-6541
Fax – (410) 209-6672
A Message from Cliff Taffet, General Deputy Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development to All Formula Grantees
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's General Deputy Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development (CPD), Cliff Taffet, is pleased to announce the Fiscal Year 2015 allocations for the CPD formula programs, which provide funding for housing, community and economic development activities, and assistance for low and moderate-income persons and special populations across the country.
To view your community's CPD formula grants for FY 2015 please visit CPD's budget page.
This electronic message highlights several important points related to these programs. First, Secretary Julián Castro is committed to making HUD the "Department of Opportunity" and is establishing a number of initiatives intended to achieve that goal. In 2015, we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Department's establishment and these initiatives will build on HUD's mission to promote homeownership, support community development, and increase access to affordable housing free from discrimination. The Department looks forward to working with grantees on these key goals and urges you to review the entire plan at: http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/hudvision
Second, HUD recommends that grantees effectively plan and implement programs that leverage these critical Federal financial resources to achieve the greatest possible return for the communities and individuals they are intended to assist. If you would like assistance from CPD in redesigning, prioritizing or targeting your programs, either you or the head of the agency that administers your program may request technical assistance through your local CPD Director.
Third, HUD urges grantees to consider using CDBG funds, to the extent possible, to support investments in predevelopment activities for infrastructure and public facilities activities. A Presidential Memorandum (http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/01/16/presidential-memorandum-expanding-federal-support-predevelopment-activit) issued January 16, 2015, instructed federal agencies to expand support for predevelopment activities and HUD will be sending CDBG grantees a separate letter detailing this initiative and outlining key predevelopment principles.
Fourth, HUD encourages grantees to use funds from all CPD programs to work towards the goals of Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness. Specifically, with the increase in the FY 2015 ESG allocation nationally, HUD expects that communities will allocate as much of their ESG funds for Rapid Re-housing activities as possible, to end homelessness for more individuals and families living on the streets and in shelters.
Finally, the Integrated Disbursement and Information System (IDIS), which is HUD's financial and data system for managing these formula programs, will no longer commit and disburse grant funds on a first-in first-out (FIFO) basis beginning with the FY 2015 grants. Going forward, FY 2015 and future grants will be committed and disbursed on a grant specific basis and HUD will provide further guidance on this change in the near future.
The Office of Community Planning and Development looks forward to working with you in partnership to successfully meet the challenges we face. Please contact your local CPD office if you or your staff has any questions or comments.
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