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.

NOTICE OF EL PASO COUNTY’S COMMENT PERIOD REGARDING THE 2020 ANNUAL ACTION PLAN FOR THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT PROGRAM

Notice is hereby given that the draft of the 2020 Annual Action Plan will be available and open to public comment from June 18, 2020, through July 21, 2020. The El Paso County Economic Development Department will host a public meeting on July 14, 2020, to encourage citizen participation in the use of federal block grant funds. The Annual Action Plan details the proposed projects, goals, and objectives for the 2020 program year. A list and description of the activities, which will be carried out with the CDBG funds in the 2020 program year, will be included. In the second half of the meeting, the program’s receipt of CDBG-CV funds from the CARES Act will be discussed, as well as our program’s response to COVID-19 as outlined in the plan.

CITIZENS MAY COMMENT ON THE PLAN AT ANY TIME FROM JUNE 18, 2020 THROUGH JULY 21, 2020. COPIES OF THE DRAFT ARE AVAILABLE BELOW:

2020 Annual Action Plan Draft

PHYSICAL COPIES WILL BE PROVIDED UPON REQUEST

A public meeting will be held to encourage direct outreach to impacted communities. Staff at the public meeting will provide:

  • BASIC OVERVIEW OF PLANS, GOALS, AND ACTIVITIES
  • DISCUSSION OF CURRENT EVENTS AND RESPONSE TO COVID-19
  • OPPORTUNITIES TO FORMALLY COMMENT

IN ACCORDANCE WITH STATE HEALTH GUIDELINES, A PUBLIC MEETING FOR THE 2020 ANNUAL ACTION PLAN WILL BE HELD VIRTUALLY AT THE FOLLOWING DAY AND TIME:

Tuesday, July 14, 2020
11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Virtual Meeting via Microsoft Teams
Email chloelomprey@elpasoco.com for the direct link and event invitation
Or call 719-283-1263 and use conference ID: 269 951 993#
11:00 am – 12:00 pm Annual Action Plan Presentation
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm COVID-19 Community Response

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 or hard of hearing may dial 711 or 800-659-3656 Relay Colorado (voice) or 800-659-2656 (TTY). Foreign language services, American Sign Language interpreters, and specialty printed materials may be requested at least 48 hours prior to the meeting.

Any comments and questions can be directed to:

El Paso County, Economic Development Department
Chloe Lomprey, Community Development Analyst
9 E Vermijo Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
719-520-6249, chloelomprey@elpasoco.com

English Notice

Spanish Notice

2020 Community Development Advisory Board (CDAB) Meeting Schedule

CDAB meetings are currently held in the Economic Development Conference Room located at 9 E. Vermijo Avenue in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and start at 12:30 pm. The most recent CDAB meeting was on June 17, 2020. In compliance with state public health orders, meetings are currently being conducted virtually. Please use the contact information at the bottom of this page if you would like to request a direct link to future meetings.

The current 2020 CDAB schedule is as follows:

  • September 16, 2020
  • October 21, 2020

Additional meetings will be added as they are scheduled.

2020 Fair Housing Events

In April 2020, we celebrated Fair Housing Month with a virtual Fair Housing Display on our website. We are continuing to keep those resources available for those who made need to learn more about their fair housing rights during the COVID-19 pandemic. Click on the Fair Housing tab to learn more.

Funding Cycle

The El Paso County CDBG program’s HUD designated program year runs from April 1 – March 31.

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.)

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

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 as well as develop a deeper understanding of what to expect when developing a potential project.

Playing by the Rules Handbook CDBG Subrecipients

Sample CDBG Subrecipient Agreement

Reporting Resources

Not sure which reports to submit, or when they’re due? Start off by reviewing the 2019 CDBG Reporting Schedule below. Additional questions can be directed to CDBG staff using the contact information at the bottom of the page.

2019 CDBG Reporting Schedule
Reimbursement Request Form
Quarterly Subrecipient Report
Program Income Report
Annual Federal Expenditure Report
2019 Program Year Project Completion Report
2020 CDBG Income Limits

In order to receive CDBG entitlement funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, El Paso County CDBG staff must prepare a series of annual and five-year reports for the federal agency’s review. All applicable reports for the current program year and consolidated plan cycle are posted here as they become available.

2017-2021 Assessment of Fair Housing

2017-2021 Community Development Block Grant Consolidated Plan

2017 Community Development Block Grant Annual Action Plan

2017 Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER)

2018 Community Development Block Grant Annual Action Plan

2018 Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER)

2019 Community Development Block Grant Annual Action Plan

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 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.

Ready to learn more about CDBG? Contact us!

Chloe Lomprey
Community Development Analyst
9 E. Vermijo Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Phone: (719)520-6249
chloelomprey@elpasoco.com