Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program
Beginning in July of 2003, Gaithersburg has received CDBG funds directly from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The overall goals of the CDBG Program are to provide decent housing, a suitable living environment, and expanded economic opportunities, principally for low- and moderate-income persons.
Since becoming a direct recipient of CDBG funding, Gaithersburg has received on average $475,000 each year, although funding has seen significant reductions over the ten-year period. In FY12, the City was awarded $365,876, its lowest level, representing a 50-percent decrease in funds since its first year award of $549,000.
Every five years, the City is required to submit a comprehensive planning document to HUD. This Consolidated Plan must address how the City intends – over the five-year period of the Plan – to address the housing and community development needs of its low-income and special needs populations.
FY14 funds of $335,345 are proposed to be used to provide zero percent deferred closing cost and down payment assistance loans to first-time homebuyers; assist with interior renovations to the B&O Railroad Station, upgrade City-owned transitional and permanent supportive housing facilities, and provide rental assistance and eviction prevention funds to low-income tenants within the City.
The City pledges to affirmatively promote Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and Section 3 participation in all of its federally assisted projects. For questions on the City’s CDBG program and on the MBE and Section 3 requirements, contact Louise Kauffmann at 301-258-6320 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.