Community Development Block Grant Program
2019-2020 Annual Action Plan Citizen Particpation Plan Substantial Amendment for Allocation of Funds Related to the CARES ACT - Community Development Block Grant Coronavirus (CDBG-CV) Funds
On March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) was signed into Public Law 116-136 to respond to the growing effects of COVID-19. The CARES Act made available $5 billion in Community Development Block Grant Coronavirus (CDBG-CV) funds. Of this amount, HUD is allocating $2 billion based on the fiscal year 2019-2020 CDBG formula and made the first allocation of funds; the City of Union City’s allocation was $322,577. The City has been allocated an additional round of CDBG-CV funds; the City of Union City’s second allocation of funding for the additional round is $456,841.
The allocation of the $456,841 will be used to fund a Residential Rental Assistance program, Small Business Assistance Program, and other Homeless Service Assistance programs to support and help residents of Union City who are being affected by the coronavirus. The Residential Rental Assistance Program will support residents who have been struggling financially due to the COVID-19 pandemic and have been unable to pay their rent. The program will cover two consecutive months of back rent, up to $5,000, for rental households earning 80 precent of median income ($94,000 for a family of three) who have been impacted by COVID-19.
The Small Business Assistance program will grant up to $10,000 to for-profit, independently owned, small businesses in good standing with the City in the form of forgivable loans or grants whose businesses have been impacted by COVID-19. The business must employ someone who lives in a CDBG eligible area or who meet eligible low-income requirements.
Homeless Service Assistance programs like CAREavan, which provides safe overnight parking for families and individuals experiencing who have been displaced and are experiencing homelessness and who have been impacted by COVID-19, will also be provided funding to ensure the program is able to continue to serve residents experiencing housing loss during the pandemic. Other CARES-CV funding will also be committed to homeless service programs that are partnering with the City and being impacted by COVID-19.
A draft of the substantial amendment is available for public review and comment. It will be available starting on February 9, 2021 and ending on February 16, 2021. Please email all comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can access the draft substantial amendment here: Link to Draft
Additional information, including how to submit comments via mail or fax, can be obtained by contacting:
Francisco Gomez Jr., Housing & Community Development Manager
City of Union City - Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) Public Service Activities FY 2021-2022 and FY 2022-2023
The City of Union City is pleased to announce, as of December 18, 2020, the following Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for Public Service Activities. Funding being made available through this NOFA will be from the Federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program and the City of Union City’s General Fund. The City invites applications for eligible activities. For more information and to access the NOFA, visit following links.
FY 19-20 CAPER Out For Public Review
The Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report(CAPER) is required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development(HUD) to be prepared annually for the receipt and expenditure of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds. This report measures the City of Union City's progress in reaching the goals and objectives outlined in the City's adopted Five-Year Consolidated Plan (Consolidated Plan) and Annual Action Plan, which are both required by HUD for receipt of federal funds. It also is required to report on progress in addressing the Impediments to Fair Housing contained in the Consolidated Plan and affirmatively furthering fair housing.
The City of Union City will have the 2019-2020 Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program available for a 15-day public review and comment beginning September 08, 2020 and ending on September 23, 2020. The City of Union City invites parties that have an interest in the report to provide written comments. Comments must be received by the close of business on September 23, 2020. Comments can be submitted to email@example.com.
A public hearing for the CAPER will be held on September 22, 2020, at 7:00 p.m. via a virtual City Council meeting where citizens may provide their views and comments. Instructions on how to virtually attend the meeting and provide your comments can be found at https://www.unioncity.org/199/City-Meetings-Video..
Additional information, including how to submit comments via mail or fax can be obtained by contacting:
Ishmael Elias, Community Development Technician
City Proposes to Use CDBG-CV Funding to Support Small Businesses and CAREavan Program
On March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) was signed into law to respond to the growing effect of COVID-19. The CARES Act made available $5 billion in Community Development Block Grant Coronavirus (CDBG-CV) funds. Of this amount, HUD is allocating $2 billion to address COVID-19 response at the local level.
The City is proposing to utilize these monies to fund a Small Business Assistance Program and to support the City’s CAREavan Program, both of which will help residents of Union City who are being affected by the coronavirus. The Small Business Assistance Program will support small businesses through forgivable loans in an amount of up to $10,000 that can be used to cover rent
and mortgage costs for up to 3 months in arrears. The CAREavan Program provides support to families and/or individuals who have been displaced and are temporarily homeless/living in their vehicles with a safe place to park overnight.
The City is required to prepare a substantial amendment to its FY 19-20 Annual Action Plan and Citizen Participation Plan in order to receive the funds. See below for a link to the draft document.
Comments must be received by the close of business on June 15, 2020 to be included in the public hearing packet. Comments
can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A public meeting for the proposed amendment will be held on June 23, 2020, at 7:00 p.m. via a virtual City Council meeting. Instructions on how to virtually attend the meeting and provide your comments can be found at https://www.unioncity.org/199/City-Meetings-Video.
Additional information, including how to submit comments by mail or fax, can be obtained by contacting:
Ishmael Elias, Housing Division
(510) 675-5392 or IshmaelE@UnionCity.org
City Council approves FY 20-24 Con Plan and FY 20-21 Annual Action Plan
Each year the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) provides funding for housing and community development programs to the City of Union City, specifically Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds. To receive these funds, the City must complete a report every five years called the Consolidated Plan (“Con Plan”). The City also creates an Annual Action Plan each year that specifies the activities that will take place.
The City Council approved the 20-24 Con Plan and FY 20-21 Annual Action Plan at their May 26, 2020 meeting. See below
for a link to the approved plans.
Public Services Needs Assessment Study and Funding Strategy
The Union City Public Services Needs Assessment and Funding Strategy is an evaluation of the current public services available to the Union City community and an analysis of the public service needs in the community. The report evaluates the existing service providers to determine how their services meet the needs of the community, the barriers that prevent residents from finding the services they need, and the gaps in services. This assessment report provides conclusions about the current and future needs of the community, recommendations on how to help streamline processes and help service providers maximize efficiency, and a funding strategy designed to help guide the City in the grant funding process.
Study & Funding Strategy - 2016
Five-Year Consolidated Plan
FY 2015-2016 to FY 2019-2020
Citizen Participation Plan
Citizen Participation Plan