Bringing Communities Together

Welcome to the El Paso County Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) main page. Our program’s vision is to develop viable communities by ensuring a range of affordable housing choices, supporting necessary services and public infrastructure, strengthening the local economy, and mobilizing community resources to enhance collaboration and community partnerships. View the tabs below to learn more about our program and the funding cycle.

2022 CDBG Application Cycle Now Closed

The application cycle closed on February 4, 2022 at 5 pm. If you have any questions about the application cycle, please email delilahporras-nuevo@elpasoco.com.

EPC CDBG Application Cycle Webinar Recording

Webinar Recording

Webinar Slide Deck

NOTICE OF EL PASO COUNTY’S COMMENT PERIOD AND PUBLIC MEETINGS REGARDING THE 2022-2026 CONSOLIDATED PLAN, 2022 ANNUAL ACTION PLAN, AND CITIZEN PARTICIPATION PLAN FOR THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT PROGRAM

Notice is hereby given that the draft of the five-year (2022-2026) Consolidated Plan, one-year (2022) Annual Action Plan, and Citizen Participation Plan are available and open to public comment from June 9, 2022 through July 11, 2022. The El Paso County Economic Development Division will host public meetings on Monday, June 27, 2022 and Wednesday, June 29, 2022 to encourage citizen participation in the use of federal block grant funds.

  • The Consolidated Plan is drafted to meet federal requirements, as set forth by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and is intended to outline the long-term strategies necessary to address the housing, economic and community development needs of low and moderate income residents of El Paso County.
  • The Annual Action Plan details the proposed projects, goals, and objectives for each year of the five-year plan. A list and description of the activities which will be carried out with the CDBG funds in the 2022 program year will be included.
  • The Citizen Participation Plan sets forth the County’s policies and procedures for public participation.

CITIZENS MAY COMMENT ON ALL THREE PLANS AT ANY TIME FROM JUNE 9, 2022 THROUGH JULY 11, 2022. COPIES OF THE DRAFTS ARE AVAILABLE AT:

Online at http://adm.elpasoco.com/cdbg

El Paso County Economic Development Department

9 E. Vermijo Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80903

City of Fountain

116 S. Main Street, Fountain, CO 80817

Town of Calhan

556 Colorado Avenue, Calhan, CO 80808

City of Manitou Springs

606 Manitou Avenue, Manitou Springs, CO 80829

Town of Ramah

113 S. Commercial Street, Ramah CO 80832

Town of Green Mountain Falls

10605 Green Mountain Falls Road, GMF, CO 80819

Town of Monument

645 Beacon Lite Road, Monument, CO 80132

ADDITIONAL COPIES CAN BE PROVIDED ON REQUEST

Two public meetings will be held to encourage direct outreach to impacted communities. Staff at public meetings will provide:

  • HARD COPIES OF ALL AFOREMENTIONED PLANS
  • BASIC OVERVIEW OF PLANS, GOALS, AND ACTIVITIES
  • CORRESPONDING DATA AND MAPS
  • OPPORTUNITIES TO FORMALLY COMMENT

PUBLIC MEETINGS FOR THE 2022-2026 CONSOLIDATED PLAN, 2022 ANNUAL ACTION PLAN, AND CITIZEN PARTICIPATION PLAN WILL BE HELD AT THE FOLLOWING ADA-ACCESSIBLE LOCATIONS AND TIMES:

El Paso County Economic Development Department Office

Virtual/In-Person Hybrid Meeting

9 E. Vermijo Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Monday, June 27, 2022

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Email delilahporras-nuevo@elpasoco.com for the direct link

Or call in at:

719-283-1263

Conference ID: 297 558 051#

Calhan Town Hall

In-Person Meeting

556 Colorado Ave, Calhan, CO 80808

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

4:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (“ADA”), El Paso County will not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities. Anyone requiring an auxiliary aid or service to participate in this meeting should make the request as soon as possible but no later than 48 hours before the scheduled event. Citizens who are deaf and hard of hearing may dial 711 or 800-659-3656 Relay Colorado (voice) or 800-659-2656 (TTY).

Any comments and questions can be directed to:

El Paso County, Economic Development Department

Delilah Porras-Nuevo, Community Development Analyst

9 E. Vermijo Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80903

719-520-6249, delilahporras-nuevo@elpasoco.com

El Paso County, Economic Development Department

Eric Leonard, Housing Analyst

9 E. Vermijo Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80903

719-520-6481, ericleonard@elpasoco.com

English Notice

Spanish Notice

DRAFT 2022-2026 Consolidated Plan, 2022 Annual Action Plan, and Citizen Participation Plan

Community Development Advisory Board (CDAB) Meeting Schedule

CDAB meetings are currently held on the third Wednesday of each month as needed in the Economic Development Conference Room located at 9 E. Vermijo Avenue in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and start at 12:30 pm.

The 2021 CDBG application cycle is now closed, as of February 4, 2022, at 5 pm. Funding decisions will be announced in July 2022.

Please visit the Subrecipient Resources Tab to view guides and programmatic expectations that will help inform your application and develop a quality request.

EPC CDBG Application Cycle Webinar Recording

Webinar Recording

Webinar slide deck

Funding Cycle

The El Paso County CDBG program’s HUD designated program year runs from April 1 – March 31 of the following year. The application cycle generally opens in January. Check the events and notices tab for when application cycle dates are announced.

Mapping Tools

The low to moderate-income map link below is provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development based on ACS data. For current recipients of funding and prospective recipients, this link is an excellent tool for scouting potential locations for projects.

Nationwide LMI Maps (To use the map, zoom in to El Paso County and select only the ‘LMISD by Block Group’ option. Click on Block Groups to view Low/Mod percentages. For more assistance, contact our office.)

El Paso County LMI Maps (These maps are zoomed in to specific Census Tract Block Groups in El Paso County that qualify for LMA benefit. For more information or specialty maps for persons with disabilities, please contact our office.)

El Paso County Assessor Real Property Search (Use this tool to check whether an address is inside or outside the city of limits of Colorado Springs)

Who is eligible to apply for funding?

CDBG funds can be awarded to local jurisdictions and non-profit organizations but not private individuals. Agencies with experience administering federal funding resources will likely have adequate internal controls and policies to successfully implement a CDBG funded project.

After confirming your agency’s eligibility for funding, please consider that the following guidelines must be met:

  • The project must serve persons of low-to-moderate income who reside within El Paso County but outside the city limits of Colorado Springs. Eligible areas include Calhan, Fountain, Green Mountain Falls, Manitou Springs, Monument, Palmer Lake, Ramah, and unincorporated El Paso County.
  • The project must be eligible according to the Code of Federal Regulations, which can be accessed at CDBG Code of Federal Regulations
  • The project must meet one of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s national objectives and one of the El Paso County Consolidated Plan goals. National objectives and local goals are described in detail under the Goals tab.

Please contact our office directly to discuss the eligibility of a specific program or project.

National Objectives of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has outlined three clear objectives to be fulfilled by the CDBG program. Every project funded by CDBG funds must accomplish one of the three following objectives: address an urgent need, mitigate slum/blight conditions or benefit persons of low-to-moderate income. Additionally, mitigating slum/blight conditions or benefiting persons of low-to-moderate income can be accomplished through several different avenues. A visual breakdown of these objectives is presented below.

National objectives of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's National Objectives

Local Goals of the El Paso County CDBG Program

In addition to meeting a national objective, all projects funded by the El Paso County CDBG Program must meet at least one of the goals outlined in our 2017-2021 Consolidated Plan. Please note all goals denoted with an ‘AFH’ in reference to our Assessment of Fair Housing are considered high priority goals. An in-depth listing of all goals is linked below.

2017-2021 CDBG Goals

Before El Paso County CDBG Program projects may begin expending funds, they must first be approved by the Board of County Commissioners and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Projects are selected and submitted for approval on an annual basis, with the final approval from HUD usually occurring in July or August each year.

Click the links below to see current and past projects, as well as a few highlighted projects that have made an exceptional difference in our community.

2017 CDBG Project Listing

2018 CDBG Project Listing

2019 CDBG Project Listing

2020 CDBG Project Listing

CDBG-CV Project Listing

2021 CDBG Project Listing

Whether you are a first-time recipient of El Paso County CDBG funding or a federal funding old-timer, this page will help your agency keep your project in compliance with all associated requirements.

All funding applicants are highly encouraged to review the documents below in advance of submitting their application. These links will help you prepare an application that addresses the needs of the CDBG program and develop a deeper understanding of what to expect when developing a potential project.

El Paso County CDBG Subrecipient Record-Keeping Guide

Playing by the Rules Handbook CDBG Subrecipients

Sample CDBG Subrecipient Agreement

Reporting Resources

Not sure which reports you should submit, or when they’re due? Start off by reviewing the CDBG Reporting Schedule below. Additional questions can be directed to CDBG staff using the contact information at the bottom of the page.

CDBG Reporting Deadlines for Subrecipients

Reimbursement Request Form
Quarterly Subrecipient Report
Program Income Report
Annual Federal Expenditure Report
Project Completion Report
2022 CDBG Income Limits

For Construction Projects: Documents and Resources

Mandatory Forms for RFP/RFB:

Please contact us prior to the RBP/RFB publication to assist with pulling the appropriate Davis-Bacon wages.

Mandatory Items that must be completed before construction can begin on a project:

Mandatory Posters to be displayed on job site during construction:

Section 3 Compliance Guide (for projects with federal funding totaling $200,000 or more)

Section 3 Compliance Reporting Form (for projects with federal funding totaling $200,00 or more)

CDBG-CV Reporting Guides and Resources

Note that CDBG-CV Reporting follows the same schedule as the CDBG Reporting Schedule and utilizes the same reimbursement request form.
Intro to CDBG-CV
CDBG-CV Quarterly Report
Duplication of Benefits Guide
Duplication of Benefits Awareness Sheet
CDBG-CV Public Utilities Q&A

To ensure these federal funds are used effectively and efficiently within our jurisdiction, El Paso County Economic Development thoughtfully, strategically, and with robust community participation completes several long-term planning, short-term action, and final performance evaluation documents. Please note additional information below:

Long-Term Strategic Plans:

DRAFT 2022-2026 Consolidated Plan, 2022 Annual Action Plan, and Citizen Participation Plan

2017-2021 Assessment of Fair Housing

2017-2021 Community Development Block Grant Consolidated Plan

Assessment of Fair Housing (internal planning document)

Short-Term Actions:

2020 Community Development Block Grant Annual Action Plan with Amendment 1

2021 Community Development Block Grant Annual Action Plan

Performance Evaluation Reports:

2019 Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER)

2020 Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER)

2020 Annual Performance Assessment

*PENDING HUD APPROVAL* 2021 Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER)

Additional historical reports available upon request

The El Paso County CDBG Program is committed to affirmatively furthering fair housing within our jurisdiction as delineated in our 2017-2021 Consolidated Plan goal AFH4. Our program hosts two free and open to the public fair housing events each year, which are posted under the Events and Notices tab as they are scheduled.

Fair Housing Resources

Want to learn more about your fair housing rights? Please see the resources below and feel free to reach out if you have specific questions or would like additional information.

Fair Housing Resources Webinar Presentation

Community Development Week Presentation

Fair Housing For All English Booklet

Fair Housing For All Spanish Booklet

DMFHC Brochure: Fair Housing for Persons with Disabilities

DMFHC Brochure: Fair Housing for Families with Children

DMFHC Brochure: Fair Housing for HOAs and Cooperative

2017-2021 Assessment of Fair Housing
Regional Housing Needs Assessment (2014)

Need help filing a fair housing or employment complaint? The websites below can help you get started.
HUD’s Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity Website
United States Department of Justice: Civil Rights Division
Colorado Division of Civil Rights

Community Development Advisory Board (CDAB)

On April 1, 2009, El Paso County became an “entitlement community” and was awarded a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to carry out a wide range of community development activities directed toward revitalizing neighborhoods, economic development, and providing improved community facilities and services.

The Community Development Advisory Board (CDAB) reviews matters of importance regarding the CDBG program and makes recommendations to the El Paso County Board of Commissioners concerning community development issues and use of CDBG funds.

The CDAB is comprised of 12 voting members, including a representative from each of the municipalities participating in the El Paso County Community Development Block Grant Program and a representative from each of the commissioner districts. Participating municipalities advise the Board of County Commissioners who they have designated as their representative. Commissioner district representatives are appointed by the Board of County Commissioners. Members are appointed for five-year terms, with terms initially staggered, and are limited to serving two consecutive five-year terms.

Please review the Events and Notices tab for upcoming CDAB meeting dates and times.

Meetings:

Community Development Advisory Board (CDAB) meetings are held on the third Wednesday of the month at 12:30 PM at 9 E. Vermijo Ave., Colorado Springs, CO. Meetings are held as needed. The Bocc shall appoint all members.

Members:

Town of Green Mountain Falls: Tyler Stevens (Chair)

  • Term Start 04/28/2009
  • Term End 5/01/2026

Town of Calhan/ Ramah: Cindy Tompkins (Vice-Chair)

  • Term Start 05/04/2010
  • Term End 05/01/2025

District 1: Rachel Starr

  • Term Start 05/01/2019
  • Term End 05/01/2024

District 2: Vacant

District 3: Tiffany Colvert

  • Term Start 05/01/2017
  • Term End 05/01/2023

District 4: Tamara Estes

  • Term Start 03/12/2019
  • Term End 05/01/2024

District 5: Robert Null

  • Term Start 04/28/2009
  • Term End 6/01/2025

City of Fountain: Todd Evans

  • Term Start 1/1/2020
  • Term End 05/01/2025

: City of Manitou Springs: Denise Howell

  • Term Start 12/16/2019
  • Term End 05/01/2025

Town of Monument: Madeline VanDenHoek

  • Term Start 08/01/2019
  • Term End 05/01/2024

Town of Palmer Lake: Vacant

Ready to learn more about CDBG? Contact us!

Delilah Porras-Nuevo
Community Development Analyst
9 E. Vermijo Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Phone: (719) 520-6249
delilahporras-nuevo@elpasoco.com