Federal Grant Programs

Brownfields Program

CDBG and HOME Grant Programs

Fair Housing

Plans & Reports

 

 

Brownfield Assessment and Remediation Program

A brownfield is defined as abandoned, idled or under-used real property where expansion or redevelopment is complicated by the presence or potential presence of environmental contamination.  

Contamination is defined as waste or products that are improperly handled.  Contamination can be found in:

 

Brownfield site near water

Water

Brownfield site with soil

Soil

Brownfield site with air and sky

Air

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Brownfields and Land Revitalization

 

The mission of the EPA’s Brownfield Program is to empower States, communities and other stakeholders that are engaged in Economic Development to work together in a timely manner to prevent, assess, safely clean up and reuse brownfield sites.  The program awards up to $200,000 for brownfield assessment activities, up to $1,000,000 per eligible entity for a Revolving Loan Fund, and up to $400,000 for clean up.

 

Program Goals

The City of Concord's Brownfield Program has identified the following goals:

  • Identification and characterization of all private properties with environmental issues
  • Prioritize sites based on clearly defined objectives and ranking criteria
  • Identify strategies for providing liability protection to aid in redevelopment
  • Create a community involvement forum

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What does the process entail? 

The process can be broken down into phases:

1.  Phase 1 (Environmental Site Assessment)

Develop a site history through site inspection, interviews, and database search

2.  Phase 2 (Environmental Site Assessment)

Collect samples of soil and groundwater based on information from Phase

3.  Redevelopment Planning

Evaluate soil and groundwater data and determine what to do based on site end use

How long will the process take?

About 60-90 days. 

What are the benefits of participating in this program?

Benefits for both the property owner and the community include:

  • Increased marketability of the property
  • A clean site
  • Redevelopment of under-utilized property
  • Reduced site development costs due to use of exiting infrastructure
  • Creation of new jobs
  • Increased tax base for the community
  • Improved quality of life in the surrounding neighborhoods
  • Federal and state redevelopment incentives (tax credits)

Additional Brownfield Resources: click here

Contact us for more information about the Brownfield Program.

 

 


CDBG and HOME Programs

Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG)

HUD logoThe primary objective of the CDBG Program is to increase the supply of decent, safe, sanitary and affordable housing within the City’s communities and to support the programs that are designed to assist low- and moderate-income families and individuals while stimulating and fostering economic growth.

CDBG funds are used for a wide range of activities, including housing rehabilitation, removal of dilapidated structures, property acquisition, economic development, public improvements, and public services.  The City will use this funding to carry out the following activities: owner-occupied housing rehabilitation, acquisition of additional properties and vacant lots to create additional affordable units, emergency repairs for qualified owner-occupied residents, and demolition and clearance of deteriorated structures.  In addition, the City will set aside $50,000 - $70,000 for nonprofits that provide public services to the community.  The City received a CDBG entitlement amount for FY 2020-2021 of $680,436.

Public Service Agency Assistance

Each year the City sets aside between 10% and 12% of its annual CDBG allocation for eligible nonprofits that provide supportive or human services assistance.  Among the organizations that receive assistance are Cabarrus Meals on Wheels, Cooperative Christian Ministry, and Prosperity Unlimited, Inc.

 

Home Investment Partnerships Program (HOME)

Cabarrus/Iredell/Rowan HOME Consortium

The Cabarrus/Iredell/Rowan HOME Consortium was formed in 2005 for the purpose of cooperatively providing safe, decent and affordable housing to low- and moderate- income citizens living within eight (8) adjacent local governments, which includes the  City of Concord, Cabarrus County, Iredell County, the City of Kannapolis, the Town of Mooresville, the City of Salisbury, the City of Statesville, and Rowan County. There also are three (3) community housing development organizations (CHDOs) that are part of the Consortium.  The City of Concord is the Lead Entity of the Cabarrus/Iredell/Rowan HOME Consortium and is authorized to request, submit, and receive HOME funds for the Consortium directly from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The City distributes funds to Consortium Members, manages the program, and ensures regulatory compliance. 

Eligible activities include the construction of affordable single-family and rental housing, property acquisition, the purchase/rehab/resale of affordable housing and down payment assistance for low- and moderate-income, first-time homebuyers.  The Consortium Members and the CHDOs will carry out the following activities during the FY 2020-2021 funding cycle:  new construction of affordable homes for purchase, downpayment assistance for qualified first-time homebuyers,  housing rehabilitation assistance for qualified, owner-occupied residents, and acquisition of existing housing stock to rehabilitate and resale as affordable units. The City received a HOME entitlement Consortium amount of $1,304,705 for FY 2020-2021, of which $177,710 is allocated to the City of Concord.

 

Disaster Recovery Assistance Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES)

The City received CARES funds in early April to be used to address coronavirus-related housing and homeless needs within the City.  CARES funding can be used for a wide range of activities, including housing rehabilitation, economic development and to support services that directly assist individuals that were impacted by the Coronavirus Pandemic.  The City received an allocation of $400,339 for FY 2020-2021, and the City has already allocated $131,284 to select public service agencies that respond to immediate needs related to COVID-19.

Cabarrus County received Coronavirus Relief Funding (CRF) to address needs within the County and the County allocated a total of $1,252,112 directly to the City to address COVID-19 related issues within our City limits.

The City also received another allocation of CARES funding for rental assistance in addition to the other uses that were mentioned above.  The City received a second allocation of $604,865 in September to address additional immediate needs.

For more information about these programs, contact Pepper Bego by using the Contact Form or 704-920-5133.

To learn more about these programs and the City’s funding, access the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development’s website directly by clicking here: www.hud.gov

 


Concord's CDBG and HOME Funding Priorities

Hawthorne St HousesThrough the CDBG & HOME Programs, the City provides housing assistance to income-eligible residents for the purchase, rehabilitation, and/or construction of homes through several different programs. There are four programs available: Downpayment Assistance, Housing Rehabilitation Assistance Programs, and Emergency Rehabilitation.

The affordable housing programs are primarily funded through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) Programs. The City is awarded funds from each of these programs on an annual basis. Both operate under the 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan, which establishes a unified, coordinated vision for community development actions for five years. The City uses input from citizens and its community development partners to determine its housing and community development needs, to develop strategies for addressing those needs, and to undertake specific actions consistent with those strategies. 

To be eligible for one of the housing assistance programs, a family’s household income may not exceed 80% of the area’s median income. The maximum allowable household income is determined by household size and income as indicated in the chart below:

 

HUD Fiscal Year 2021 Annual Income Limits

1 person household

$47,150

2 person household

$53,900

3 person household

$60,650

4 person household

$67,350

5 person household

$72,750

6 person household

$78,150

7 person household

$83,550

8 person household

$88,950

 

Downpayment Assistance Program

This program provides down payment and closing cost assistance up to $7,500 to eligible first-time home buyers. Eligible home buyers are individuals or families that meet the income limits set by HUD and are first-time home buyers or have not owned a home within three years of the anticipated purchase date.  The cost of the home cannot exceed $206,000 (existing home) or $238,000 (new construction), and must be located within the city limits of Concord. The applicant will be required to attend home buyer education classes prior to the purchase, and provide $1,000 of their own funds towards the purchase. Funds are limited and provided on a first-come first-serve basis.

Assistance is provided through a second mortgage in the form of a five-year forgivable loan.  The City of Concord provides downpayment assistance for single-family homes and manufactured homes.  Condos and mobile homes are not eligible for assistance through this Program.

Program Contact:  Kristina Fausel, 704-920-5122

For convenience, apply online by clicking here.

To print and mail an application, click here.

Brochure

 

Housing Rehabilitation Assistance Programs

Assistance through these programs are available to low and moderate income homeowners whose homes are in substandard condition.  The applicant must own and reside in the home and meet HUD income limits.  Single-family homes and manufactured homes are eligible for assistance, but the City also may approve mobile homes for assistance.  Condos are not eligible for assistance through these Programs.

Substantial Rehabilitation Program

Maximum assistance is based on HUD’s Maximum Post-Rehabilitation Property Value of $230,470. If the tax value of the home, plus the cost of repairs exceed these limits, assistance cannot be provided. In addition, if the cost of repairs plus all mortgage(s), lien(s) or judgement(s) balances exceeds the tax value, assistance cannot be provided.  The assistance is through a low interest or forgivable loan that is based on the annual household income.

The Substantial Rehabilitation Program addresses major housing code and structural problems. Funding for this program is provided by the HOME Investment Partnership Program.

Emergency Rehabilitation Program

The Emergency Rehabilitation Program provides repairs that are urgent in nature and necessary to protect the health and safety of the occupants.  

Examples include, but are not limited to, the repair or replacement of HVAC, roofing, plumbing or electrical systems. This program is not intended to address every code issue in a house. Maximum assistance through this program is $10,000.

To apply for assistance, please fill out the application for Housing Rehabilitation Assistance. (Note:  After opening the application, you may type your information into the form by clicking on the Typewriter Tool in Acrobat Reader).

Funding for this program is provided by the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program.

Program Contact:  Kristina Fausel, 704-920-5122

For convenience, apply online by clicking here.

To print and mail an application, click here.

Brochure

 

Resources for General Contractors

The City of Concord receives funding directly from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to perform emergency repairs and to rehabilitate homes that are owned by low- and moderate-income families and are located within the City limits.  The City’s funding also is used to construct new, affordable homes that are added to its current housing stock.  All work is carried out by private contractors under the supervision of staff through a competitive bid process. 

The City of Concord actively seeks licensed general contractors to participate in its housing programs.  Qualified contractors will be added to the City’s contractor list for bid solicitation.  A North Carolina General Contractors License is required for  all contracts.  All contractors must have a Renovation, Repair and Painting certificate to participate in the City’s Housing Rehabilitation Programs.   All contractors must comply with the City’s bonding and general liability insurance requirements.  Small disadvantaged and minority firms are encouraged to participate.

Click here to access the Memorandum of Understanding, the Contractor Application, the Vendor Information, and the W-9 Form.

For more information about participating in our public procurement process and to receive bid requests, contact Michael Kepley by using our Contact Form or 704-920-5130.

 


Fair Housing

Fair Housing LogoThe Fair Housing Act of 1968 is also known as Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968.  The Act explicitly defines a list of prohibited practices involving housing, including sales, rentals, advertising, and financing.  Its primary prohibitions makes it unlawful to refuse to sell, rent to , or negotiate with any person because of that person's race, color, religion, sex, familial status, handicap, or national origin.  The Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988 added extensive provisions to apply to discrimination against disabled persons and families with children 18 years of age or under.  Municipalities, local government units, cities and federal agencies are subject to the law.

 

Basic Facts About Fair Housing

What Housing is Covered?

The Fair Housing Act covers most housing. In some circumstances, the Act exempts owner-occupied buildings with no more than four units, single-family housing sold or rented without the use of a broker, and housing operated by organizations and private clubs that limit occupancy to members.

What Is Prohibited?

In the Sale and Rental of Housing:  No one may take any of the following actions based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status or handicap (disability):

  • Refuse to rent or sell housing

  • Refuse to negotiate for housing

  • Make housing unavailable

  • Deny a dwelling

  • Set different terms, conditions or privileges for sale or rental of a dwelling

  • Provide different housing services or facilities 

  • Falsely deny that housing is available for inspection, sale, or rental

  • For profit, persuade owners to sell or rent (blockbusting) or

  • Deny anyone access to or membership in a facility or service (such as a multiple listing service) related to the sale or rental of housing.

In Mortgage Lending: No one may take any of the following actions based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status or handicap (disability):

  • Refuse to make a mortgage loan

  • Refuse to provide information regarding loans

  • Impose different terms or conditions on a loan, such as different interest rates, points, or fees

  • Discriminate in appraising property

  • Refuse to purchase a loan or

  • Set different terms or conditions for purchasing a loan.

In Addition: It is illegal for anyone to:

  • Threaten, coerce, intimidate or interfere with anyone exercising a fair housing right or assisting others who exercise that right.

  • Advertise or make any statement that indicates a limitation or preference based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, or handicap. This prohibition against discriminatory advertising applies to single-family and owner-occupied housing that is otherwise exempt from the Fair Housing Act.

 

Additional Protection If You Have A Disability

If you or someone associated with you:

  • have a physical or mental disability (including hearing, mobility and visual impairments, chronic alcoholism, chronic mental illness, AIDS, AIDS Related Complex and mental retardation) that substantially limits one or more major life activities;
  • have a record of such a disability or are regarded as having such a disability;

your landlord may not:

  • refuse to let you make reasonable modifications to your dwelling or common use areas, at your expense, if necessary for the disabled person to use the housing. (Where reasonable, the landlord may permit changes only if you agree to restore the property to its original condition when you move.);
  • refuse to make reasonable accommodations in rules, policies, practices or services if necessary for the disabled person to use the housing.

Example: A building with a "no pets" policy must allow a visually impaired tenant to keep a guide dog.

Example: An apartment complex that offers tenants ample, unassigned parking must honor a request from a mobility-impaired tenant for a reserved space near his/her apartment if necessary to assure that he/she can have access to their apartment.
Note that housing need not be made available to a person who is a direct threat to the health or safety of others or who currently uses illegal drugs.

 

Requirements for New Buildings

In buildings constructed after March 1991 that have four or more units and an elevator:

Public and common areas must be accessible to persons with disabilities

Doors and hallways must be wide enough for wheelchairs

All units must have:

  • An accessible route into and through the unit

  • Accessible light switches, electrical outlets, thermostats and other environmental controls,

  • Reinforced bathroom walls to allow later installation of grab bars and,

  • Kitchens and bathrooms accessible to people in wheelchairs.

If a building constructed after March 1991 with four or more units has no elevator, these standards apply to ground floor units.

These requirements for new buildings do not replace any more stringent standards in State or local law.

 

Housing Opportunities for Families

Unless a building or community qualifies as housing for older persons, it may not discriminate based on familial status. That is, it may not discriminate against families in which one or more children under 18 live with:

  • A parent,
  • A person who has legal custody of the child or children or,
  • The designee of the parent or legal custodian, with the parent or custodian's written permission.

Familial status protection also applies to pregnant women and anyone securing legal custody of a child under 18.

Exemption: Housing for older persons is exempt from the prohibition against familial status discrimination if:

  • The HUD Secretary has determined that it is specifically designed for and occupied by elderly persons under a Federal, State or local government program or,

  • It is occupied solely by persons who are 62 or older or,

  • It houses at least one person who is 55 or older in at least 80 percent of the occupied units, and adheres to a policy that demonstrates an intent to house persons who are 55 or older.

Source:  HUD Fair Housing

 


To file a discrimination complaint or to file a claim, citizens may contact the North Carolina Human Relations Commission toll free at 1-984-236-1850, or contact Legal Aid of North Carolina, Inc. toll free at 1-855-797-3247, or contact Alicia J. Broadway, Planner/City of Concord at 704-920-5137 or by using our Contact Form. 

 

 

 


Plans and Reports

The Five-year Consolidated Plan

Plans and Reports ImageThe City of Concord receives federal grants annually under two programs: The Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) and the HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME). Together, these programs invest approximately $1,200,000 a year into the areas’ low- and moderate-income communities in Concord and the counties of Cabarrus, Iredell and Rowan, to provide affordable housing, economic opportunities, and a suitable living environment.

Every five years, the City of Concord prepares a “Consolidated Strategic Housing and Community Development Plan”. The purpose of the plan is to examine the needs and priorities for housing and community development activities for the next five years and establish the strategies to be pursued and performance targets to be achieved through federal CDBG and HOME funded activities.

FY 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan (coming soon)
 

Annual Action Plan for CDBG & HOME Programs

Each May, the City prepares and submits a new Annual Action Plan to HUD. This plan describes in detail how CDBG and HOME funds will be used over the next 12 months. Public hearings are held to provide information on achievements and to receive public input on how the upcoming year’s funds should be allocated.

Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Annual Action Plan

Fiscal Year 2017-2018 Annual Action Plan

Fiscal Year 2018-2019 Annual Action Plan

Fiscal Year 2019-2020 Annual Action Plan

Fiscal Year 2020-2021 Annual Action Plan

To view an informative video about the FY 2021-FY 2022 HUD Funding Allocations, click here.

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Fiscal Year 2021-2022 HUD Funding Allocations (Requesting Public Input by 4/16/2021)

Fiscal Year 2021-2022 HUD Asignaciones de Fondos (Solicitud de Información Pública por del 16/4/2021)

 

Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER)

Each year the City of Concord prepares a Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) for the CDBG & HOME Programs. This report provides a wealth of detailed information on all the programs supported with these funds during the year not just for Concord, but also for the three-county HOME Consortium area. Please take a moment to look at this report and see how the federal funds are being used locally to implement a variety of affordable housing and other community development initiatives. 

FY 2015-2016 CAPER

FY 2016-2017 CAPER

FY 2017-2018 CAPER

FY 2018-2019 CAPER

FY 2019-2020 CAPER

 

Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice

The Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice Report was prepared to satisfy the requirements of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974.  The Report must be completed every five (5) years by Grantees that receive federal funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  The Report requires communities to analyze a series of fair housing issues and identify any impediments to fair housing choice.  This report includes an analysis of various demographic, economic and housing indicators that were identified by citizens that reside within the eight (8) jurisdictions that make up the tri-county area of the Cabarrus/Iredell/Rowan HOME Consortium.  This Report outlines the impediments to fair housing choice and recommends steps to address and overcome the impacts of the identified impediments and the Report can be accessed by clicking on the report cover below.

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For questions, contact Pepper Bego at 704-920-5133 or Contact Us