The City of Williamsport receives Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME funds from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Our objective is to develop a viable community by providing decent housing, improving our living environment, and expanding economic opportunities, principally for low and moderate income persons.
Notice<< City of Williamsport Covid-19 Small Business Assistance Loan Program: The City of Williamsport has opened a Loan Program to assist Williamsport’s small businesses fill critical gaps created by the Covid-19 pandemic. The City is proud to be able to support our local economy during this uncertain time. This program will provide loans to qualifying for-profit small business affected by COVID-19. The following Program Documents, including a Program Summary and an Application, are available for download:
Notice>> The City of Williamsport will receive CARES Community Development Block Grant (CDBG-CV) Program funds in the amount of $609,271.00 to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus COVID-19. The “Notice of Substantial Amendment” to its 2019 Annual Action Plan, describes the City’s proposed use of these funds. The Substantial Amendment is available below for public inspection and review.
Notice<<< The City intends to submit the Substantial Amendment to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on or about July 30, 2020. Interested persons are encouraged to express their views on the Substantial Amendment via e-mail by sending comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. The public will have eight (8) days from the day of this notice to comment on the 2019 Action Plan Substantial and the CPP amendment. All comments received by Wednesday, July 29, 2020 will be considered.
Notice<< City of Williamsport “Amendment to Citizen’s Participation Plan-2020” Is now available for comment. The City provides the above linked amendment to our Citizen Participation Plan as it relates to the administration of the Community Planning and Development (CPD) programs. The CPP presents the City’s plan for providing for and encouraging all citizens to participate in development, revision, amendment, adoption, and implementation of the – Citizen Participation Plan, Consolidated Plan, Annual Action Plan, Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice and Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report.
Notice<< HOME & CDBG 2019 CAPER REPORTS
Accepted 2019 CAPER is available at the above link.
General Information: The City offers programs funded with CDBG and HOME to assist eligible owners make repairs to their home, to make accessibility improvements such as ramps, and help eligible households become a city homeowner with a home buyer GAP assistance program.
CDBG Funds also are available for street reconstruction, curb ramps, planning, park renovations and a variety of other eligible infrastructure projects. Programs and activities are limited to the City of Williamsport. Income limits apply in most cases.
HOME Investment Partnership funds are available to Community Housing Development Organizations (CHDOs). CHDOs are eligible for certain set-aside funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Home Investment Partnerships (HOME) Program . A CHDO is a private nonprofit, community based service organization. It must have:
- recognized legal status,
- at least one-third board representation from the low-income community and have a written formal process for low-income beneficiaries to advise the organization in its decisions regarding the design and siting of HOME-assisted housing
- have a stated goal to provide decent affordable housing to lower and moderate-income households, and demonstrated capacity and experience to carry out the goal. Initial submission of acceptable documentation is required and eligibility must be certified each year.
A CHDO certification does not guarantee an entity will receive funds; it simply makes them eligible to apply and if funded, receive funding from the special CHDO set aside. Potential CHDOs are not eligible to receive funding from the CHDO set-aside until they have met all CHDO requirements. If you believe your organization meets the CHDO requirements for Williamsport, please contact the Community Development Office to discuss requirements of the program and for a CHDO Application. CHDO Check List
Federal regulations require at least 70% of CDBG funds benefit low- and moderate-income persons. HOME funds must, through housing related activity, benefit lower income City households. All activities must meet a national objective, meet funding guidelines and be consistent with the goals and objectives of the City of Williamsport’s Consolidated Plan.