About the CDBG (Community Development Block Grant)
The CDBG program was created in 1974 with the purpose to assist states and local communities develop viable urban communities by providing decent housing, a suitable living environment and expanded economic opportunities to primarily serve low-moderate income people. The City of Lewiston is a recipient of this funding and is designated as an Entitlement Community by the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). This designation means that Lewiston is assured funding each year directly from the federal appropriations.
As an Entitlement Community, HUD requires citizen participation to develop a 5 year Consolidated Plan that articulates the goals and objectives that are important to the City. These goals and objectives become the funding priorities for each annual funding allocation during the Consolidated Plan period.
Consolidated Plan 2015-2019 was adopted by City Council in April, 2015, and is available for download by clicking on the link below.
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.
Meetings of the Citizen Advisory Committee are public, and are held usually at Lewiston City Hall, Third Floor Conference Room on an as needed basis. To receive cell phone text notice, or email notice of upcoming meetings please visit the City of Lewiston's Notify Me page and sign up to be notified. It's listed as "CDGB Meetings" under the Calendar sub heading on that page.
Agendas are available in the Economic and Community Development Department, Third Floor City Hall, prior to the scheduled meeting.