Consolidated Plan Funding
The City of St. Petersburg Housing and Community Development Department (HCD) is charged with developing a Consolidated Plan once every five-years. HCD receives federal funding to manage housing and community development initiatives, with the goal of revitalizing the city’s low to moderate-income communities and integrating economic, community development, physical and environmental development needs. Local private and for-profit organizations located within the corporate limits of St. Petersburg can apply for funding to serve residents in areas of social services, housing, community and economic development.
The City's primary source of grant funds is the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in the form of its Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnership (HOME), and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) programs. The CDBG program is the most flexible and can be utilized to address housing, community and economic development issues, public service needs and capital needs that will serve the city’s low and moderate-income persons. The HOME program is strictly for the development of affordable housing that serves households with incomes at or below 80% of area median income (AMI), and to assist Community Housing Development Organizations (CHDO’s) in their development of affordable housing. The ESG program is allocated to provide rental assistance to households whose income is at or below 30% of AMI, and to assist public service agencies with operations to serve low and moderate-income clients.
The City disburses this funding to local organizations approved through a formal Consolidated Plan application process with the following objectives:
- To enhance quality housing opportunities by increasing the availability of permanent affordable housing for low and moderate-income residents, retaining the affordable housing stock and increasing supportive housing to enable persons with special needs to live in dignity.
- To create quality of life environments that increase access to quality facilities and services, improve the safety and livability of neighborhoods, restore and preserve natural and physical structures of special value for historic and architectural reasons.
- To stimulate economic revitalization that will create jobs for low income persons, provides access to credit for community development that promotes long-term economic and social growth; and empower economically-disadvantaged persons to achieve self-sufficiency.
- Additionally, the City receives special purpose grants such as the Neighborhood Stabilization Programs 1 and 3 (NSP) allocated by HUD in 2009 and 2011, part of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act (HERA) of 2008, and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010; the Community Development Block Grant - Recovery (CDBG-R) grant, issued as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009; NSP Documents
- The City receives allocations from the Florida Housing Finance Corporation to fund its State Housing Initiatives Partnership Program (SHIP); a Local Housing Assistance Plan (LHAP) must be updated once every three years; a Local Housing Incentive Plan (LHIP) must document how it addresses incentives for the development of affordable housing.
- The City also has a Housing Services Committee, consisting of five City Council Members appointed by the Mayor, that reviews and recommends innovative policies and procedures that positively impact the preservation and creation of affordable housing.
A Historical Perspective
The City's original Five Year Consolidated Plan was written and submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in August 2000, in response to the notice of the availability of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Home Investment Partnership (HOME) and Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) funds. The City of St. Petersburg's Housing and Community Development Department is the lead agency for preparation and implementation of that plan.
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