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 Publication/Availability of El Paso County’s Draft of the Assessment of Fair Housing Update for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program

Notice is hereby given that a draft of the 2021 Update to the Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH) for El Paso County, Colorado (the County) for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program will be available for review and comment from September 16, 2021, through October 19, 2021.

This update is part of the El Paso County CDBG program’s commitment to affirmatively furthering fair housing and holistically developing a comprehensive approach to addressing housing needs in El Paso County. This document will help the program take meaningful action to overcome patterns of segregation and foster communities free from barriers that restrict access to opportunities.

A complete copy of the draft can be obtained below:

2021 Update to the Assessment of Fair Housing Draft

Or in person at:
El Paso County, Economic Development Department
9 E Vermijo Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80903

The public comment meetings will include:

• A brief overview of the 2021 Update to the Assessment of Fair Housing draft
• Corresponding data and maps
• Access to a survey to provide public input

Public meetings will be held in multiple ADA-accessible locations throughout the county. These meetings will also include a brief overview of fair housing law to help solicit meaningful discussion around the 2021 Update to the Assessment of Fair Housing draft. All meeting materials will be available online after the presentations for any members of the community who wish to participate but are unable to join.

In-person meetings will be held at the following ADA-accessible locations:

Tri-Lakes Chamber of Commerce Meeting House
300 CO-105
Monument, CO 80132
October 14, 2021
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Manitou Springs Memorial Hall
606 Manitou Avenue
Manitou Springs, CO 80829
October 15, 2021
5:30 pm to 6:30 pm

An in-person/virtual hybrid meeting will be held at the following ADA-accessible location:

El Paso County Economic Development Department
9 E Vermijo Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
October 14, 2021
11:00 am to 12:00 pm*
Call-in instructions: (719)283-1263, meeting ID 660 660 351#
*closed captioning available for virtual attendees

Light refreshments will be served at all in-person meetings.

If you would like to attend one of the virtual meetings via Microsoft Teams, please email ericleonard@elpasoco.com for a direct meeting link. Persons wishing to attend in person do not need to register but are welcome to email ericleonard@elpasoco.com ahead of time if they would like a meeting invitation for their calendar.

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
Eric Leonard, Housing Analyst
9 E Vermijo Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
719-520-6481, ericleonard@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 August 18, 2021. 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:

  • No additional meetings scheduled at this time

Additional meetings will be added as they are scheduled.

2021 Fair Housing Events

The El Paso County Economic Development department celebrated Fair Housing Month and Community Development Week on April 8 and April 9, 2021. Please see the slides from the webinars below.

CD Week Webinar Slides

Fair Housing Slides

Additional fair housing tools can be found under the ‘Fair Housing’ tab.

The 2021 CDBG application cycle is now closed.

Our next application cycle is anticipated to open in January 2022. Please feel free to reach out any time of year if you would like to learn more about our funding.

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

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 2020 CDBG Reporting Schedule below. Additional questions can be directed to CDBG staff using the contact information at the bottom of the page.

2020 CDBG Reporting Schedule
Reimbursement Request Form
Quarterly Subrecipient Report
Program Income Report
Annual Federal Expenditure Report
Project Completion Report
2021 CDBG Income Limits

CDBG-CV Reporting Guides and Resources

Note that CDBG-CV Reporting follows the same schedule as the 2020 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

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

On November 12, 2020, El Paso County will be hosting 2 Renter’s Resources webinars at 12:00 pm and 6:00 pm. Please email Eric Leonard at ericleonard@elpasoco.com to RSVP to the webinar.

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.

Nov, 12 2020 Resources for Renters

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