The City of Hagerstown is looking for four-to-five individuals who would be interested in serving on the CDBG Advisory Committee. The goal of the committee is to introduce more citizen participation and feedback into the development of CDBG projects. The commitment for the committee is two short meetings each year and sporadic emails - selected individuals would be asked to review short grant applications and provide feedback on proposed programs by non-profits in the area.
Anyone can apply to the committee as long as they are a resident in the City of Hagerstown and do not have a conflict of interest with any agency either receiving funding or seeking funding through the CDBG program. Applications will be accepted until March 1, 2021 and any questions on the committee can be directed to Lauren Metz at 301-739-8577 ext. 820 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program was created in 1974 under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act. The primary objective of this federal grant program is to develop viable urban communities. This is achieved by providing decent housing, public facilities and improvements, public services, suitable living environments, and expanding economic opportunities specifically for low-and-moderate income individuals and families.
The City of Hagerstown is recognized as an entitlement grantee under the CDBG program and as such receives an annual allocation of funds from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). As the only regional entitlement community and lead agency, the City of Hagerstown’s Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) prepares the Consolidated Plan, a five (5) year strategy supported by annual action plans, to develop a unified vision and approach to best meet the goals of the CDBG program.
The City of Hagerstown’s CDBG program focuses on visible and impactful community development projects. Activities are carried out to revitalize the City’s urban core, to enhance neighborhoods throughout the City, and improve the quality of life for all City residents. All CDBG activities are outlined in the Annual Action Plan and are implemented by city staff or community partners who are subrecipients of CDBG funds.
The City of Hagerstown works with local and regional partners and the community-at-large to develop community development programs that invest in low-and-moderate income people and neighborhoods. Below are examples of different projects that have been either fully or partially funded by the CDBG program.