Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnership (HOME), and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG)
The primary objective of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnership (HOME), and the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Programs is to develop viable communities, decent housing and expand economic opportunities for low and moderate income persons living within the City of Ontario.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) mandates cities that are entitled to receive HUD funds (CDBG, HOME and ESG) to consolidate the submission requirements for such programs and prepare a planning document. The result is the Five-Year Consolidated Plan that identifies the City of Ontario’s overall housing and community development needs and outlines a strategy to address those needs. The City submits the One-Year Action Plan as a component of the Five-Year Consolidated Plan that highlights the specific programs and projects to be implemented during the program year. All CDBG, HOME, and ESG activities and funding allocations are detailed within these plans. In addition, the City submits the Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) on an annual basis, which describes the progress the City has made towards achieving the affordable housing and community development goals outlined in the Five-Year Consolidated Plan.
Summary of Programs
- CIT Homeowner Occupied Rehabilitation Loan Program
- CIT Emergency Grant Program
Five-Year Consolidated Plan
The Five-Year Consolidated Plan articulates the City’s vision for enhancing the quality of life in Ontario by addressing housing and community development issues. Mandated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), this planning document identifies the City of Ontario’s overall housing and community development needs and outlines a strategy to address those needs. The Plan is a combination of the following components: housing and community development needs assessment, survey of available resources, five-year strategy and one-year action plan.
One-Year Action Plan
The One-Year Action Plan identifies specific activities conducted in support of the priorities and objectives originally presented in the Five-Year Consolidated Plan. The One-Year Action Plan is updated annually and presents the specific programs and projects to be implemented each year along with their respective funding sources and allocations.
Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER)
The CAPER provides a comprehensive summary of housing and community development activities conducted by the City of Ontario utilizing U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funds. This report describes the performance of each program and project identified in the One-Year Action Plan and describes the progress made towards achieving the affordable housing and community development goals as presented in the Five-Year Consolidated Plan.
Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing
Localities such as the City of Ontario are required to certify that they engage in fair housing planning when seeking Federal funds through the Consolidated Plan submission procedure. With the publication of a new FY 2015-2019 Five-Year Consolidated Plan, the City elected to update the Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing.
The purpose of the update was to examine the status of fair housing complaints that have been reported by the City’s service provider and review any impediments or pattern that have occurred within the past five years. Through this assessment, it is hoped that current impediments are revealed and effective strategies developed to overcome the impediments that are noted.
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program is authorized Under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974. The primary objective of the CDBG Program is the development of viable communities to benefit low and moderate-income persons. An activity (or project) must meet one of the following three National Objectives:
- Benefits to Low and Moderate Income Persons
- Prevention or Elimination of Slums or Blighted areas as pre-approved by HUD
- Other Urgent Needs (as in a national disaster declared by the President or state declared disaster) (Please be advised that the City of Ontario does not utilize the “Urgent Need” National Objective at this time.)
HOME Investment Partnership (HOME)
The HOME Investment Partnership (HOME) Program is authorized under Title II of the Cranston-Gonzales National Affordable Housing Act was signed into law on November 28, 1990. The intent of the HOME Program is to:
- Expand the supply of decent, safe, sanitary and affordable housing for very low and low income households
Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG)
The Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Program is authorized under Title IV of the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act of 1987, as amended (U.S. Code: 42 USC 11371 et seq.). The ESG program provides funding to:
- Engage homeless individuals and families living on the street,
- Improve the number and quality of emergency shelters for homeless individuals and families,
- Help operate these shelters,
- Provide essential services to shelter residents,
- Rapidly re-house individuals and families, and
- Prevent families and individuals from becoming homeless.