August 31 of this year marked the close of Bowling Green’s FY 2015 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program year. FY 2015 was the first year of the City’s CDBG’s five-year planning period (the City’s CDBG Five-year Consolidated Plan was finalized in July 2015).
In accordance with Title 24 Code of Federal Regulations (24 CFR) Part 91, Bowling Green submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development a Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) last week. The CAPER is a summation of the City’s CDBG accomplishments achieved in FY 2015.
As in prior years, FY 2015 was highly successful. Following the City’s longstanding practice, Bowling Green administered CDBG funds responsibly and in a federally compliant manner throughout FY 2015; adhering to all mandated percentage caps, timeliness and other requirements. Utilizing a combination of CDBG Entitlement and Business Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) dollars (totaling $701,640.76), the following accomplishments took place in FY 2015, all benefitting persons with low and moderate incomes:
- 17 housing repairs performed;
- 84 added adults (elderly and disabled) were issued B.G. Transit ID cards, providing them with access to half-priced fares;
- 129 persons who were homeless were transitionally housed;
- 7 jobs were created/retained as a result of Business RLF loans made; and
- Fair Housing education and outreach was provided locally.
CDBG FY 2016 is underway, and already recording accomplishments. To view the FY 2015 CAPER, visit: https://www.bgohio.org/departments/municipal-administrator/grants-administration/community-development/. To learn more about CDBG programming, contact Grants Administrator Tina Bradley at 419-354-6220.