Community Development Block Grant Program
CDBG Public Hearing Notice
Notice is hereby given that the City of Hagerstown, Maryland will hold a virtual public hearing on Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. This public hearing is open to anyone, however, all attendees are asked to register in advance below to receive a link to the hearing.
The purpose of this public hearing is to gather information on Community Development Needs for the City’s Annual Action Plan for FY 2022, which the City must submit to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in order to receive Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Entitlement Funds, as well as answer questions about the City’s annual application cycle for Public Service Grants.
Applications for non-profit organizations seeking funding through either a Public Service Grant or Capital Improvement Loans are available on the City of Hagerstown’s website or at the Department of Community and Economic Development, 14 N. Potomac Street, Suite 200A, Hagerstown, MD 21740. In order to be considered for funding, applications must be submitted by January 8, 2021.
Based on last fiscal year’s allocation, the City of Hagerstown anticipates that it will receive an estimated CDBG entitlement grant in the amount of approximately $775,000 for FY 2022. These funding levels are contingent upon the final approval of the Federal Budget for FY 2022. In order to receive those funds, the City of Hagerstown must prepare a one year Annual Action Plan for the use of the CDBG funds. At least 70% of the CDBG funds must benefit low-and-moderate income persons living in the City of Hagerstown. In preparing its CDBG application the City intends to afford citizens, local agencies, and interested parties the opportunity to become involved in the planning process.
All interested citizens are encouraged to attend this public hearing and they will be given the opportunity to present oral or written testimony concerning the needs of the City of Hagerstown for the CDBG program. Anyone who is unable to attend will still be able to provide a written comment through the City’s website at the below link. Written comments will be accepted until January 8, 2021 and may be addressed to Mr. Jonathan Kerns, Community Development Manager, City of Hagerstown, 14 N. Potomac Street, Suite 200A, Hagerstown, MD 21740.
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.
Philosophy and Strategy
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.
Past Funded CDBG Projects
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.
- National Road Park
- City-wide Accessibility Ramps
- Salem Avenue/Linganore Avenue Pedestrian Crosswalk
- Downtown Police Surveillance Cameras
- Rehabilitation of single and multi-family dwellings