Bradenton Area Convention Center One Haben Boulevard, Palmetto - Longboat Key Room 9:00 a.m. - August 11, 2020
August 11, 2020 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #30

Approval of Proposed Projects and Activities for FY 2020-21 U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Annual Action Plan


Contact and/or Presenter Information
Geraldine C. Lopez, Director, Redevelopment and Economic Opportunity Department, ext. 3937

Jennifer Yost, Community Development Project Manager, ext. 6858

Action Requested
Approve proposed projects and activities for inclusion in the Draft FY 2020-21 CDBG Annual Action Plan.

Enabling/Regulating Authority
24 CFR Part 91 (Consolidated Plan and Citizen Participation Plan regulation)

2017-22 Consolidated Plan (Resolution R-17-083)

24 CFR 5.110, HUD may, upon a determination of good cause and subject to statutory limitations, waive regulatory provisions. Additional regulatory waiver authority is provided in 24 CFR 91.600. These regulatory provisions provide HUD the authority to make waiver determinations for the CDBG, HOME, ESG, CoC, and HOPWA Programs and consolidated planning requirements for all CPD formula programs.

Background Discussion

Manatee County is an entitlement community through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnership (HOME), and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) programs.

HUD approved Manatee County’s 2017-2022 Consolidated Plan in October of 2017. The five-year Consolidated Plan identified priority needs through an extensive public outreach and engagement effort. Those needs are 1) affordable housing and compliance with fair housing regulations; 2) community development/infrastructure; 3) social/public services; and 4) economic development. The priority needs are to be addressed through the funding of specific projects and activities in each year’s Action Plan.

In preparation for the FY 2020/21 CDBG funding cycle, public meetings were held on February 18 and 21, 2020, and a grant application workshop was held on March 6, 2020 with interested organizations. Applications for funding were due on April 10, 2020. Due to COVID-19 and the need to reprioritize department activities, the review of the applications was placed on hold.

On March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) was signed into law and appropriated supplemental CDBG and ESG funds, known as CDBG-CV and ESG-CV. On April 2, 2020, HUD announced the allocation of CDBG-CV and the first allocation of ESG-CV to Manatee County. On April 9, 2020, HUD issued a memo outlining the availability to submit the FY 2020/21 Annual Action Plan late. On May 5, 2020, the Board of County Commissioners approved a substantial amendment that appropriated CDBG-CV and the first allocation of ESG-CV.

In June 2020, staff conducted a completeness review of all grant applications received by the deadline to ensure they met the threshold requirements identified in the application. Unlike in prior years, a review committee of staff rather than community members was comprised due to COVID-19. Staff reviewed each application based upon the priority needs, goals, strategies identified in the five-year Consolidated Plan, CARES Act funding, the projects funded through the May 5, 2020 Substantial Amendment, and the needs and gaps for on-going response to COVID-19. In addition, staff also reviewed the applications for collaboration/partnerships, leveraging of other funds, performance measure and outcomes among other criteria.

Manatee County received notification of its FY 2020/21 CDBG, HOME and ESG funding allocation from HUD. CDBG is $1,902,977; HOME is $660,812 and ESG is $164,657. Additionally, there is an estimated $60,532.00 in CDBG Carry-Over funding from prior years, $150,000 in HOME Carry-Over funding from prior years, and $175,490.40 in CDBG-CV funding to allocate.

  • $1,902,977.00     2020/21 Community Development Block Grant Entitlement (CDBG)
  • $    60,532.00     CDBG Carry-Over Funding from Prior Years (estimated)
  • $   175,490.40     CDBG-Cares Act (CDBG-CV)
  • $   660,812.00     2020/21 Home Investment Partnership (HOME)
  • $   150,000.00     2019/20 HOME Carry-Over Funding
  • $   164,657.00     2020/21 Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG)
  • $3,114,468.40     TOTAL

Based upon the recommendation and available funding, 10 CDBG eligible activities are proposed for funding in the FY 2020/21 Annual Action Plan (See attachment).

Upon Board approval of the proposed projects and activities for inclusion into the Action Plan, the draft Plan will be finalized, and the 30-day public comment period commencing on August 28th will be advertised.

The FY 2020/21 Annual Action Plan will be scheduled for a public hearing and approval at the Board’s September 29th Board of County Commissioners Meeting. As outlined in the April 9, 2020 HUD memo, the Action Plan is due to HUD no later than August 15, 2021. The FY 2020/21 Annual Action Plan will be submitted to HUD in October 2020.

County Attorney Review
Not Reviewed (No apparent legal issues)

Explanation of Other

Reviewing Attorney

Instructions to Board Records

Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs

Attachment:  2020-21 Recommendations.pdf