The Malden Redevelopment Authority (MRA) administers the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program on behalf of the City. The CDBG Program is a federally funded flexible grant program that provides communities with resources to address a wide range of needs. The program is one of the longest continuously run programs at the U.S Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD). CDBG funds can be used for activities such as housing rehabilitation, code enforcement, infrastructure and public facility improvements, economic development and social services. The primary eligibility requirement for any activities to be funded is that the project or program principally benefits low and moderate income persons. HUD defines low and moderate income as a household that is at or below 80% of the median income for the area. These income guidelines are adjusted annually by HUD.
For more than 40 years, the Malden CDBG Program has funded programs aimed at physical, social and economic development improvements in the City. Whether it is providing assistance to youth programs, helping senior citizens remain in their homes by improving accessibility, serving the needs of the homeless or ensuring that neighborhood parks and playgrounds are safe and fun places for children, the CDBG Program, along with the Mayor and City Council, will continue to develop innovative and practical solutions to stabilize neighborhoods and strengthen the community.
Annual CDBG Program Cycle
•MRA issues public notice that applications are available during a set time frame. Applications are available on the City and MRA websites.
•Applications are turned in to the MRA.
•City seeks public input on funding through a public hearing.
•Staff reviews applications for completeness and eligibility/fundability.
•Staff prepares a document called an “Action Plan” and makes the draft available for 30 days for public review and comments.
•Mayor and City Council allocate the funds through the adoption of a resolution.
•The Action Plan is sent to HUD.
•HUD has 45 days to review the Action Plan and request additional information, if necessary.
•If the Action Plan is accepted by HUD, a new contract is sent to the City/MRA to execute and funding is made available.
•The City prepares the end of the year report, the Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report "CAPER".
•The CAPER is made available for 15 days for public review comments.
•The CAPER must be submitted to HUD.
•HUD has 45 days to review the CAPER and request additional information, if necessary.
What Makes a Project Eligible for CDBG Program Funding?
•Every project must be eligible within program regulations and meet one of the national objectives.
•The project should address one of the Priority Needs that are established in the 5‐Year Consolidated Plan.
•70% of all funding must satisfy the Provide a Benefit to Low and Moderate‐Income Persons national objective.
•A project benefits low‐mod persons if at least 51% of the persons or households that benefit from the project have an annual income that is at or below 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI).
•Different types of projects have specific requirements and may have funding limits.
Activities that Generally Cannot be Funded Using CDBG Program Funds
•Assistance for buildings or portions of buildings used for the general conduct of government.
•General local government operating and maintenance expenses.
•Partisan political purposes, including voter registration.
•New housing construction.
•Entertainment/refreshments - the cost of food, beverages, snacks and any related expenses for utensils, etc.
Malden Redevelopment Authority Recipient of 2016 Audrey Nelson Community Development Achievement Award