Five Year Consolidated Plan (2015-2019) and City FY 2015-16 Annual Action Plan Activities
CDBG funds are allocated annually to Portsmouth by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) according to a formula developed by Congress. In order to receive CDBG funds, the City must submit an Annual Action Plan and a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Budget to HUD.
The planning process for the Annual Action Plan and CDBG Budget occurs primarily from December through April, however, planning activities may take place year round. From December to April, the Community Development Department works with the Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) to develop the Annual Action Plan and the CDBG Budget which describe the activities to be funded in the coming fiscal year. Citizen input is specifically sought during this period.
The CAC recommends the Annual Action Plan and CDBG Budget developed to the City Manager for approval by May 15. Once approved, the application is submitted to HUD for approval. CDBG activities are implemented and administered by the Community Development Department throughout the July 1 - June 30 fiscal year. Regional HUD Staff in Boston monitor and oversee overall grant implementation. Within three months of the end of each fiscal year, the City is required to submit a Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) to HUD which describes the progress made toward the goals identified in the Consolidated Plan.
Every five years, HUD requires that the City submit a Consolidated Plan. This document identifies priority community needs and sets goals for the next five years. The CAC follows the same process as that required for the Annual Action Plan in the development and recommendation of the Consolidated Plan.