Butte Silver Bow Community Development assists local Public Housing Authorities in providing adequate housing, creating a suitable living environment, and expanding economic opportunities principally for low and moderate income persons. Community Development also manages and administers federal grants that are earmarked for the development of viable urban communities.
Developing housing and programs to serve the county's low and moderate income households is accomplished by:
Butte Silver Bow Community Development works with non-profit partners and the Housing Authority to acquire, develop and preserve affordable housing throughout the City.
- Preserving the county's housing stock through rehabilitation and repair assistance programs.
- Revitalizing low-income neighborhoods by installing sidewalks and public accessibility improvements, and by constructing neighborhood-serving facilities.
The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program works to ensure adequate, affordable housing, to provide services to the most vulnerable in our communities, and to create jobs through the expansion and retention of businesses. CDBG is an important tool for helping local governments tackle serious challenges facing their communities. The CDBG program has made a difference in the lives of millions of people and their communities across the Nation.
The annual CDBG appropriation is allocated between States and local jurisdictions called "non-entitlement" and "entitlement" communities respectively. Entitlement communities are comprised of central cities of Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs); metropolitan cities with populations of at least 50,000; and qualified urban counties with a population of 200,000 or more (excluding the populations of entitlement cities). States distribute CDBG funds to non-entitlement localities not qualified as entitlement communities.
HUD determines the amount of each grant by using a formula comprised of several measures of community need, including the extent of poverty, population, housing overcrowding, age of housing, and population growth lag in relationship to other metropolitan areas.
A grantee must develop and follow a detailed plan that provides for and encourages citizen participation. This integral process emphasizes participation by persons of low or moderate income, particularly residents of predominantly low- and moderate-income neighborhoods, slum or blighted areas, and areas in which the grantee proposes to use CDBG funds. The plan must provide citizens with
- Reasonable and timely access to local meetings
- An opportunity to review proposed activities and program performance and provide for timely written answers to written complaints and grievances
- And also identify how the needs of non-English speaking residents will be met in the case of public hearings where a significant number of non-English speaking residents can be reasonably expected to participate.
Over a one, two or three-year period, as selected by the grantee, not less than 70 percent of CDBG funds must be used for activities that benefit low- and moderate-income persons. In addition, each activity must meet one of the following national objectives for the program: benefit low- and moderate-income persons, prevention or elimination of slums or blight, or address community development needs having a particular urgency because existing conditions pose a serious and immediate threat to the health or welfare of the community for which other funding is not available.
For additional information on housing in Butte-Silver Bow visit www.bldc.net/living-here/housing