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HUD Provides Mixed Estimates of CDBG, HOME Allocations For CT

 

Half of Connecticut CDBG recipients would see funding cuts according to new estimates issued last week by HUD Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development (CPD) Mercedes Márquez, but its big cities would receive increases in HOME formula-based grants.  The memo provides jurisdictions with preliminary estimates of the amount of CDBG and HOME they might receive in the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1.

FY12 is the first year that the formulas, which determine the amount of CDBG and HOME funds jurisdictions are to receive, will be based on data from the annual American Community Survey (ACS), as well as from the 2010 Decennial Census. Because formula allocations of Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) are based on the prior year’s CDBG formula allocation, ESG grantees will not be impacted until FY13.

The memo notes that Congressional FY12 appropriations for CDBG and HOME were reduced by 11% and 38%, respectively. A spreadsheet shows the estimated combined effect of the reduced appropriations and the new census data. HUD stresses that these figures are merely preliminary estimates, and that formal notification of actual formula grant amounts will be provided later. The CDBG program has two formulas rooted in statute. Jurisdictions receive an amount based on the formula that is most favorable to them.

Formula A has three factors:

  • the extent of poverty, with a weight of 2;
  • the extent of housing overcrowding, with a weight of 1; and
  • total population, with a weight of 1.

Formula B also has three factors:

  • the age of the housing stock, with a weight of 2.5;
  • the extent of poverty, with a weight of 1.5; and
  • the extent of the lag in population growth, with a weight of 1.
     

In short, the more poor people live in a jurisdiction, and the worse the housing stock, the more CDBG funds a jurisdiction receives. The HOME statute called on HUD to devise a formula and provided general guidance.  HUD’s formula has six factors. Four factors have a weight of 0.2:

  • number of households in poverty;
  • occupied rental units with at least one housing problem, such as paying more than 30% of income for rent;
  • rental units built before 1950 and occupied by poor households; and
  • a measure of the cost of rehabilitating rental housing that has housing problems.

The two other factors have a weight of 0.1:

  • vacancy-adjusted rental units with a household head in poverty, and
  • population multiplied by net per capita income.

Click here for the new CPD webpage.  The CDBG estimates for Connecticut can be found here. The HOME estimates can be found here.   

 
 

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