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The Department of Planning Building and Development's HUD Community Resources Division manages the federal funds the City receives from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Our activities include:
  • Budget / Plan Development
  • Contract Development/Administration
  • Project Monitoring
  • Reporting
  • Technical Assistance
  • Administration of City Housing Programs
Roanoke is an entitlement community under HUD program guidelines. This means that HUD funds are allocated to the City every year using a formula based on our population, income levels, and other factors. The amount the City receives depends upon how much Congress appropriates for the entire nation.




FY 2014-2015 ANNUAL PLAN

The City of Roanoke anticipates receiving about $2.0 million in new funds annually from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in three grants: Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG). Roanoke is an entitlement community under these HUD programs. This means that HUD funds are allocated to the City every year using a formula based on population, income levels, and other factors. The amount that the City receives then depends on how much Congress appropriates for the entire nation.


CDBG funds have been allocated to the City since 1975 and can be used for activities ranging from housing to economic development and from job training to construction projects. For the 2014-2015 program year, the City estimates receiving $1.5 million in new CDBG funds, a reduction of $24,938 in 2013 allocation. However, with carry-over and program income, the City estimates that a total of $2,088,163 million in CDBG funds will be available. CDBG funds are primarily intended to benefit low- and moderate-income persons and areas, though a limited amount can also be used for reducing slums and blight in economically distressed areas. The amount of funds that can be used for administration, planning and human services is also limited by regulation.


The HOME program is exclusively for housing to benefit those of low or moderate income, including rehabilitation, new construction, homeownership assistance and improvements to rental housing. The City has been receiving HOME funds since 1992. For the 2014-2015 program year, the City estimates receiving $485,469 in new HOME funds. This represents an increase of 2.2% from current year allocations. Including carry-over and program income, the City estimates that a total of $642,459 in HOME funds will be available. HOME funds require a 12.5% match, which is met with volunteer labor from Habitat for Humanity projects funded with HOME dollars. At least 15% of each annual HOME grant must be invested in qualifying projects conducted by Community Housing Development Organizations (“CHDOs”). Current CHDOs include Habitat for Humanity, TAP, and Community Housing Partners.


The HUD priorities for the Emergency Solutions Grants have changed from the former Emergency Shelter Grants that the city had previously received. The emphasis for use of these funds has shifted from providing for activities that assist homeless individuals and families to early intervention and prevention of homelessness. HUD has issued new rules for the distribution of these funds by entitlement communities, which are being assessed by city staff and the Roanoke Valley Council of Community Services. Total funding in FY 2014-2015 is expected to be approximately $128,203.
Available Funding:

The total funding anticipated for Fiscal Year 2014-2015 from CDBG, HOME and ESG sources is $2,858,835, but relies heavily on prior year uncommitted or available funds of $692,000. The estimated amount by category is as follows:
    Category Description Available Funding

    CDBG 2014-2015 Entitlement Grant $1,553,163
    2013-2014 Carry-Over 535,000
    Subtotal – CDBG Funds Available $2,088,163

    HOME 2014-2015 Entitlement Grant $485,469
    2013-2014 Carry-over 157,000
    2012-2013 Excess Program Income ____0
    Subtotal – HOME Funds Available $642,469

    ESG: 2014-2015 ESG Entitlement Grant $128,203

    Total 2014-2015 CDBG, HOME and ESG Funds Available $2,858,835

    Allocation of Resources:

    The City’s 2014-2015 Annual Update outlines the use of approximately $2.8 million in CDBG, HOME and ESG, including carry-over and anticipated program income. These funds will support an array of housing, homeless prevention, public services, and neighborhood and economic development activities, and planning and administrative costs associated with these activities.

    · Economic Development – $100,000 in CDBG funding is being apportioned for an internally administered commercial façade program for the 13th Street corridor in the West End Target Area.

    · Homeless Services -- $128,203 for homeless prevention and rapid re-housing through Emergency Solutions Grants for programming to be determined by the City’s Continuum of Care Committee and HUD staff.

    · Housing Development -- $1,732,589 for new construction and housing rehabilitation for homeownership, downpayment and closing costs assistance, and the rehabilitation of owner- and renter-occupied homes.

    · Human Services -- $221,262 for services such as social services, after-school educational development, and other youth and family programs.

    · Neighborhood Development – $332,387 which includes $22,387 for grants to five (5) neighborhood organizations for small community improvement projects not otherwise categorized and $310,000 for infrastructure improvements targeted in the West End NRSA. Many neighborhood organizations submitted applications for training and capacity building. These costs will be covered as a planning function and paid from administrative funds to better comply with HUD regulations.

    · Planning and Administration -- $344,394 for staffing and operating costs incurred by the City to administer the CDBG, HOME and ESG funds.

    Distribution of Housing Funds:

    For 2013-2014, the City estimates its CDBG and HOME housing funds will be allocated as follows:

    · $944,700 for activities encouraging and facilitating the repair, maintenance, improvement or re-use of existing owner-occupied or rental housing.
      · $787,889 for activities encouraging and facilitating new homeownership.

      Project Locations:

      While some of the projects in the 2014-15 Annual Plan affect areas throughout the City of Roanoke, the City will be in the third year of a multi-year targeting of HUD resources to projects serving the West End Target Area and designated areas such as the City’s Conservation Areas and Rehabilitation Districts. Total funds earmarked for the West End Target Area are $1,487,589.

      Lead Agencies:

      The HUD Community Resources Division of the City’s Department of Planning, Building and Development is the lead organization for developing and administering the Consolidated Plan and the Annual Updates. Numerous City offices and departments and other public, nonprofit and community organizations conduct projects funded in whole or in part with CDBG or HOME funds. The specific projects, agencies and funding recommended for the 2014-2015 period are given in the following section.

      2014-2015 Projects Submitted, Agencies and Recommended Funding:


      · WETA Business Survey & Development Financing (TAP/Business Seed Capital Inc.) Funds to fund a partnership to drive capital investment in West End Target Area business districts with an emphasis on using BCSI’s community development loan facility to leverage the City’s Enterprise Zone reimbursement incentives available to qualifying businesses. The project would also have funded a Business Retention and Expansion Survey for West End businesses. (Recommended: $0.)

      · WETA Commercial Façade Program (City of Roanoke – Dept. of Planning, Building & Development and Dept. of Economic Development) Survey of physical condition of commercial properties along 13th Street corridor to identify areas of blight and offer a grant to qualifying commercial property owners participating in the Enterprise Zone façade improvement program from the Dept. of Economic Development. (Recommended: $100,000 CDBG.)


      · Emergency Sheltering (Family Promise of Greater Roanoke) Funds will provide for emergency shelter to families with children. Family Promise will also collaborate with the Community Housing Resource Center to rapidly re-house low barrier families and provide continued case management once they are re-housed. (Recommended: $26,500 ESG)
        · Emergency Sheltering & Homelessness Prevention (TRUST House) Funds will provide for emergency shelter assistance for operating expenses (i.e. utilities and insurance) to support direct services. TRUST will also utilize homeless prevention assistance to fund its full-time housing stability coordinator who manages services for Trust House residents who transition to permanent housing. (Recommended: $34,203 ESG)

        · Homelessness Collaboration Planning (Council of Community Services) Funds will provide for strategic planning services resulting in an Annual Business Plan for the Blue Ridge Continuum of Care and the Blue Ridge Interagency Council on Homelessness. (Recommended $3,500 ESG).
          · Housing Stabilization for Families in Need (Community Housing Resource Center). ESG funds will provide for homeless prevention services in the form of assistance with rental payments and/or security deposits to extremely low-income families to prevent the family from becoming homeless. The CHRC will also provide rapid re-housing services in the form of assistance with first month’s rent and/or security deposits targeted to chronically homeless families. (Recommended $59,000 ESG.)
            · Street Outreach (City of Roanoke – Homeless Assistance Team) ESG funds will provide for prescription assistance and transportation for homeless persons and families sleeping in places not intended for human habitation and persons in emergency shelter. (Recommended $5,000 ESG)

              Code Enforcement (City of Roanoke Dept. of Planning, Bldg and Dev.) Funds a portion of staff and other operating costs for City enforcement of the building maintenance and other codes in low-to-moderate income neighborhoods. (Recommended: $150,000 CDBG.)

              Demolition (City of Roanoke Dept. of Planning, Bldg and Dev.) Funds to demolish vacant condemned structures in an advanced state of deterioration. (Recommended $75,000 CDBG.)

              · Down Payment Assistance Program (City of Roanoke Dept. of Planning, Bldg and Dev.) Funds for staffing and operating costs and project funds to provide 5-year forgivable, 0% interest loans of up to $8,000 for down payment and closing costs to assist low/mod-income families to buy homes in the City. Despite success and meeting target goals, proposed funding to be cut due to reduced HUD funds. (Recommended: $200,000. CDBG)

              · Emergency Home Repair Program (Total Action Against Poverty) Limited and emergency repairs and weatherization services to low/mod-income owner-occupied single-family homes. Program requests to target 17 owner-occupied homes for emergency repairs, with 10 of these homes also receiving weatherization services. (Recommended: $75,000.)
                · Empowering Individuals with Disabilities (Blue Ridge Independent Living Center) Install special needs home improvements such as ramps and grab bars for 30 extremely low to low income homeowners with disabilities to meet independent living needs. (Recommended: $0.)
                  · Owner-Occupied Limited Housing Rehabilitation (SERCAP) Funds to provide limited rehabilitation to owner-occupied housing city-wide, restrictive of the West End Target Area to address emergency needs. A total of 10 housing units will be served by this program. (Recommended $80,000 CDBG)
                    · WETA Emergency Home Rehab (formerly WETA Targeted Housing Preservation and Beautification) (TAP) Program to shift focus from exterior needs to emergency and critical limited home rehabilitation in West end Target Area. A total of 7 homes are intended to be served by this program. (Recommended $0)
                      · WETA Energy Efficient Rental Rehabilitation (Community Housing Partners) Program to perform energy audits and retrofits to improve efficiency and performance of 10 rental units in West End Target Area. (Recommended $72,500 CDBG)
                        · WETA New Homeownership – New Construction (Community Housing Partners) Development, design, and construction of 2 new single family homes within the West End Target Area (Recommended $0)
                          · WETA New Homeownership – New Construction (Habitat for Humanity) Construct 3 new single family homes on lots acquired by Habitat for Humanity in West End Target Area (Recommended $0)
                            · WETA New Homeownership – Rehabilitation (Community Housing Partners) Acquisition, rehabilitation and resale of 2 foreclosed, abandoned, dilapidated, or other distressed homes or multi-family rental property located in West End Target Area for new owner-occupied single-family homeownership opportunities. (Recommended: $225,000 HOME)
                              · WETA New Homeownership – Rehabilitation (Habitat for Humanity) Acquire and renovate a minimum of 4 existing vacant houses for single-family homeownership in West End Target Area (Recommended: $193,967 CDBG and $368,922 HOME)
                                · WETA New Homeownership – Rental Conversion (Habitat for Humanity) Acquire and renovate 2 properties with current or prior use as rental property and rehabilitate for single-family homeownership. (Recommended: $0)
                                  · WETA Owner-Occupied Limited Rehab (Rebuilding Together Roanoke) Basic rehabilitation services utilizing volunteer labor to address “safe, warm and dry” homeowner needs for low-income persons. Proposed goal of 10 homes in West End Target Area. (Recommended $90,000 CDBG.)
                                    · WETA Owner-Occupied Major Rehab (SERCAP) Major rehabilitation to 3 owner-occupied housing units in West End Target Area. Major rehabilitation is targeted for rehabilitation in excess of $25,000 to address health, safety and welfare needs of residents. (Recommended: $127,200 CDBG.)
                                      · WETA Permanent Supportive Housing (Rebuilding Together Roanoke) Acquire 2 properties in West End Target Area with current or prior use as rental property and convert to permanent supportive housing in conjunction with other valley human services agencies (Recommended: $0)
                                        · WETA Rental Rehabilitation (TAP) Offer forgivable loans to landlords/rental property owners within West End Target Area to rehabilitate low density rental units. (Recommended: $0)
                                          · World Changers Summer 2015 (Rebuilding Together Roanoke) This program entails limited rehabilitation and repairs to about 20 homes primarily utilizing volunteers. World Changers is a faith-based organization that brings young people and mentors for one week in July to repair homes of low income, elderly, and disabled homeowners. RTR reviews and selects homes to be included in the program, determine eligibility, work scopes, any environmental testing and historic reviews, and required permits. (Recommended: $75,000 CDBG).

                                          HUMAN SERVICES

                                          · African American Studies in Contemporary Issues (TAP) Funds to administer and monitor this program which targets freshman African American male students at William Fleming High School who are at risk of not completing high school. Students remain in the program throughout the school year. Funding provides staffing and program costs associated with the curriculum to those targeted students. (Recommended: $15,000.)
                                            · Aspire Connect Program – Aspire 2016 Rites of Passage Program (Apple Ridge Farm, Inc.) Funding will provide for staffing to assist 30 students from five elementary schools, and tracked from the third grade, with the academic competencies, interpersonal skills and resources needed to be successful in middle school and achieve graduation from high school in June 2016. (Recommended: $26,250 CDBG.)

                                            Brain Injury Services Case Management (BISSWVA) Funds requested to provide case management services to city residents who have disabling brain injuries. Program seeks to provide support to qualifying individuals for home health care, rehabilitation services and job skills training. (Recommended: $0.)

                                            Community Based Prevention Services (Department of Social Services) Funds for staff and out-stationing costs to increase the accessibility and use of child abuse and neglect prevention services and reduce the necessity of foster care placements. (Recommended: $109,012 CDBG.)

                                            · Family Advocates Program (Children’s Trust) Funding to provide support services to the non-offending caregivers in cases of alleged child abuse, resulting in the greater protection and support for the alleged child victim. (Recommended $27,000 CDBG.)

                                            · Financial Education Program (Freedom First Credit Union) Partial funding of the administration of a financial education and homeownership counseling program a HUD certified counseling agency through the Federation of Community Development Credit Unions. (Recommended $0.)

                                            · Housing Stabilization for Families in Need (Council of Community Services). CDBG unds to partially replace Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program previously funded with ARRA grants. The program will use the CDBG funds to leverage additional resources to assist with homeless prevention and re-housing activities. (Recommended $44,000 CDBG.)
                                              · Seed2Feed Children’s Education Program (Roanoke Community Garden Association) Program to improve nutrition and physical activity behaviors in children by providing education about gardening, diet, and nutrition. (Recommended $0)
                                                · Take Back the Reins (Unbridled Change) An equine assisted therapy program for victims of sexual abuse, domestic violence or families experiencing the re-entry of a felon into the family after time served. (Recommended $0)
                                                  · Youth Counseling (West End Center) After school counselling program for children at West End Center to improve levels of social competence to avoid violent and other negative behaviors. (Recommended $0)
                                                    NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT

                                                    · Infrastructure Improvements (City of Roanoke) CDBG funds used for engineering design and public infrastructure improvements in to 13th Street corridor in West End Target Area, such as sidewalks, bicycle lanes, benches, lighting, trash receptacles, and other streetscape improvements. (Recommended $310,000.).

                                                    · Neighborhood Development Grant Program (Dept. of Planning, Bldg and Dev.) Provides for grants of up to $25,000 to neighborhood organizations in predominantly low-mod-income neighborhoods for eligible projects such as housing, crime prevention and public facilities and infrastructure projects. Activities related to training and capacity development of eligible neighborhood associations will be paid from HUD planning and administrative accounts. (Recommended: $22,387. Applications were received from the following organizations:
                                                        · Belmont Neighborhood Association – 3 trash receptacles Requested $6,962; Recommended $6,962 CDBG
                                                        · Greater Grandview Neighborhood Watch – gateway and crime watch signs Requested $2,723; Recommended $0
                                                        · Greater Grandview Neighborhood Watch – newsletters and post cards Requested $2,986; Recommended $0
                                                        · Melrose-Rugby Neighborhood Forum – Restoration of community center siding Requested $10,500; Recommended $0
                                                        · Melrose-Rugby Neighborhood Forum – Restoration of gateway stone wall Requested $5,900 Recommended $6,400 CDBG
                                                        · Mountain View Neighborhood Association – Solar trash compactor receptacles Requested $4,025 Recommended $4,025 CDBG
                                                        · Northwest Neighborhood Environmental Organization – Development of George Washington Carver Environmental Education Center Requested $25,000 Recommended $0
                                                        · Old Southwest Inc. – Highland Park Trees Requested $3,000 Recommended $3,000 CDBG
                                                        · Old Southwest Inc. – Historic district sign toppers Requested $2,000 Recommended $2,000 CDBG
                                                        · SE Action Forum – Newsletters/fliers/trifolds Requested $1,234 Recommended $0

                                                          · HUD Administrative Funds (Dept. of Planning, Bldg and Dev.) Staffing and other operating costs associated with the general administration of the City’s CDBG and HOME programs. Program includes funds for planning and training for approved neighborhood organizations, support of fair housing program and funds for matching of other funds to support homeless planning. Limits for each program are 20% for CDBG, 10% for HOME. (Recommended: $293,847 CDBG; $48,547 HOME.)

                                                          2014-2015 HUD Funding Recommendations
                                                          Funding by Category:Economic Development
                                                          Homeless Services
                                                          Housing Development
                                                          Human Development
                                                                    Neighborhood Development
                                                          Planning and Administrative Costs
                                                          Breakout – 2014-2015 Funding for West End Target Area Revitalization Initiative:
                                                          Project Name
                                                          Aspire Connect ProgramApple Ridge Farm, Inc
                                                          African American Studies in Contemporary IssuesTAP
                                                          Community Based Prevention ServicesDept of Social Services
                                                          Code EnforcementDept. of Planning, Bldg & Dev.
                                                          DemolitionDept. of Planning, Bldg. & Dev.
                                                          Down Payment AssistanceDept. of Planning, Bldg. & Dev.
                                                          Emergency Home RepairTAP
                                                          Emergency ShelteringFamily Promise of Greater Roanoke
                                                          Emergency Sheltering & Homelessness PreventionTRUST House
                                                          Family Advocates ProgramChildren’s Trust
                                                          Homelessness Collaboration PlanningCouncil of Community service
                                                          Housing Stabilization for Families in NeedCouncil of Community Service
                                                          HUD Admin FundsDept. of Planning, Bldg. & Dev.
                                                          Infrastructure ImprovementsDept. of Engineering
                                                          Neighborhood Development Grant ProgramNeighborhood Services
                                                          Owner-Occupied Limited Housing RehabilitationSE Rural Community Assistance Project
                                                          Street OutreachHomeless Assistance Team
                                                          WETA Commercial Façade ProgramCity of Roanoke
                                                          WETA Energy Efficient Rental RehabilitationCommunity Housing Partners
                                                          WETA New Homeownership – RehabilitationCommunity Housing Partners
                                                          WETA New Homeownership – RehabilitationHabitat For Humanity
                                                          WETA Owner-Occupied Limited RehabilitationRebuilding Together Roanoke
                                                          WETA Owner-Occupied Major RehabilitationSE Rural Community Assistance Project
                                                          World ChangersRebuilding Together Roanoke