CDBG Consolidated Plan
The City of Lewiston receives federal funding through the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD). Under the CPD Program the City receives funding from two grant programs: Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and the Home Investment Partnerships Program (HOME). Combined these grants provide funding of approximately $1.1 million annually.
Every five years the City is required to assess affordable housing market conditions and community development needs so as to make strategic decisions about how to best invest CPD funds. The Mayor appoints citizen members, known as the Citizen Advisory Board (CAC), to be representative of the community and to assist in identifying community priorities and developing specific goals and objectives to achieve those goals. The broader public is also invited to share their thoughts, concerns and ideas. The consolidated planning process serves as the framework for a community-wide dialog to identify housing and community development priorities that align and focus funding from the CDBG and HOME programs.
The Consolidated Plan is carried out through Annual Action Plans which provide a summary of the activities and identify the federal and nonfederal funding resources that will address the priorities identified in the City’s Consolidated Plan. Each year the City prepares a Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) to report on the achievements made that year toward goals identified in the Consolidated Plan.
About the Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC)
The Citizen Advisory Committee is one of the ways to ensure that our citizens are involved and have a voice in determining how each year's CDBG allocation is spent. Its role is to evaluate all requests for funding and then make a recommendation to the City Council on how the CDBG funds are to be spent.
The CAC is comprised of members from the community that are appointed by the Mayor to two year terms coinciding with the City's fiscal year. This seven member committee includes: One City Councilor, one representative from the Lewiston Planning Board, and one voting City Administration staff member. Of the remaining four members, at least two citizens must live in the CDBG target area (Census Tracts 201-204) and the others may be from the community at large. The CAC is staffed by the Economic and Community Development Department.