Community Development Block Grant Program
What is CDBG?
The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is a flexible program that provides funding to address a wide range of unique community development needs. The City of Meridian receives CDBG funds annually from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
City of Meridian Objectives
The City has adopted a five (5) year consolidated plan that spans from 2017 to 2021, which focuses on 1) improving accessibility, 2) enhancing homeownership opportunities, and 3) providing social services to Meridian low- and moderate-income residents. All activities that are funded must meet one of these objectives.
Accessing CDBG Funding
Community partners interested in furthering the goals of the consolidated plan are invited to apply for CDBG funding every spring. The Community Development Program Coordinator will work with potential applicants to determine if the project qualifies as a Meridian CDBG project. Recommended projects will be presented to City Council for final approval.
Contact us at any time throughout the year if you would like feedback on a potential project.
Click on the "Announcements" tab for information such as public hearing notices and application announcements.
Program Year 2019 October 1, 2019 – September 30, 2020
- Boys & Girls Club
Scholarship Program for Childcare Assistance at Meridian Facility
CARES Act Funding
- NeighborWorks Boise COVID-19 Mortgage Assistance
- Jesse Tree of Idaho
COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance
Improving Homeownership Opportunities
- Ada County Housing Authority (ACHA) Homebuyer Assistance Program
- NeighborWorks Boise Homeowner Repair Program
- Streetlight Installation Near Chief Joseph Elementary (PY18 project) complete
- Streetlight Installation near Meridian Middle and Meridian High Schools
- Meridian Development Corporation (MDC) Sidewalk Improvements near Carlton Avenue (PY17 project) complete
- City of Meridian - Parks and Recreation Department Sidewalk Improvements from Five Mile Pathway to Lakes Ave. along Fairview
- Contractor’s Guide to Davis-Bacon: Prevailing Wage Requirements for Federally-Assisted Construction Projects
- Davis-Bacon Wage Determination
- Making Davis Bacon Work: A Practical Guide for States, Indian Tribes and Local Agencies
- FY20 Income Guidelines (effective July 1, 2020)
- Map: LMI Area (effective April 1, 2019)
- Map: Redevelopment Area (effective January 16, 2018)
- Playing by the Rules: A Handbook for CDBG Subrecipients on Administrative Systems
- Neighborly Software User Guide
Duplication of Benefits
Federal disaster law prohibits duplication of benefits (DOB), which occurs when an eligible cost has been or will be paid by another source. HUD has compiled the CARES Act Programs Through SBA, FEMA, IRS, Treasury, USDA, and HHS for CDBG Grantees’ Awareness for Duplication of Benefits document to assist grantees and subrecipients in preventing DOB.
Tools for Landlords and Tenants Impacted by COVID-19
HUD strongly encourages all grantees and owners of HUD-assisted housing to work with tenants at-risk of eviction to negotiate rent repayment plans to help them stay housed. To this end, HUD is providing the following tools to help grantees and project owners to help identify and engage at-risk tenants, as well as to inform and guide tenants seeking a rent repayment plan:
- Tools for Landlords with Tenants Impacted by COVID-19 – This document helps landlords to engage with at-risk tenants while remaining in compliance with fair housing laws and understand the key elements of a repayment plan. The document provides links to sample rent repayment agreements.
- Tenant Guidance: Rent Repayment Plans – This document assists at-risk tenants in understanding and pursuing rent repayment agreements with their landlords. The document includes links to helpful resources and a sample script for requesting a repayment agreement from a landlord. Use of this guidance is optional and grantees and tenants are strongly cautioned to review their state and local laws as under some laws, a tenant notifying an owner of the inability to pay rent is sufficient for the owner to initiate eviction proceedings.
City of Meridian Fair Housing Code (Title 1 Chapter 15.3)
City of Meridian Nondiscrimination Codes (Title 1 Chapter 15.1-2)
Our Path Home (services for those experiencing homelessness)
Ada County Self Rescue Manual (english and spanish available)
Planning and Reporting
The Consolidated Plan identifies the housing and community needs of the City, organizes these needs based on priority, identifies resources that address the community’s needs, and establishes annual goals and objectives to meet those needs within a 5-year plan period
Annual Action Plan
The annual action plan spells out specifically how the City will address the goals and objectives in the Consolidated Plan during the program year.
Public Service Grant Application Available
The Meridian Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program is now accepting applications for public service grants. The Public Service Application will be open from April 1 to May 1, 2021.
- Non-profit organizations
- Services provided to low to moderate income Meridian residents
- Eligible CDBG Public Service activities include, but are not limited to, scholarships for childcare, emergency rent/mortgage assistance, domestic violence services, behavioral health services, etc.