Community Development Block Grant

Federal Grant Program


The Administration and Finance Departments manage the Town’s annual Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. This federal grant program is made available for cities to benefit low and moderate income individuals. The Town uses these federal funds for a variety of public services and infrastructure improvement projects in the community.

The Town annually submits both an Action Plan and Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report to the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. These reports describe the manner in which the Town uses grant funds provided by the federal government. Copies of these reports can be made available at no charge by contacting the Administration Department or the City Clerk.

A public notice was published in the Normalite on March 5, 2015, and in the PATH-o-Gram on March 9, 2015.

5-Year Consolidated Plan and Public Notice



2015-2019 Consolidated Plan

As part of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, the Town is required to submit a 5-Year Consolidated Plan detailing the proposed goals and objectives with respect to use of CDBG grant funds. The Consolidated Plan goals and objectives cover the period beginning in fiscal years 2015-2016 through 2019-2020. The Plan also includes the 2015-2016 Annual Action Plan which details the proposed goals, objectives, and projects for entitlement funding awarded for fiscal year 2015-2016.


Consolidated Plan goals and objectives were established based upon market and needs analysis. As well as through examination of data sources at the federal, state, and local level including US Census data, and the 2014 Community Assessment which included focus groups and key informant interviews. Specifically, the Town has identified the proposed community development priority needs and investment goals:
  • Provide funding for public services for youth education which provide economic opportunities to residents, and fund homeless outreach services to help reduce homelessness and provide a suitable living environment.
  • Provide funding for street resurfacing and improvements to maintain public infrastructure and create suitable living environments
  • Provide down payment assistance to local homebuyers to maintain local housing stock and reduce cost barriers to affordable housing.
  • Provide financial assistance to homeowners for clearance activities to create suitable living environments and maintain local housing stock
  • Provide funding for public facilities improvements, including those related to public transportation, to create a suitable living environment
  • Provide funding for sidewalk and ADA ramp construction
  • Provide funding for at least one rehabilitation project
Priority needs and investment goals were identified to reflect fluctuations in CDBG entitlement funding from year to year, respond to demand and capacity for carrying out desired CDBG activities, and to maintain compliance with Department of Housing and Urban Developing CDBG guidelines.

Federal regulations require that the Town publish the Consolidated Plan for public comment and conduct at least one public hearing on the plan’s contents. The 5-Year Consolidated Plan is available for public review at the Town Clerk’s office at Uptown Station, 11 Uptown Circle, Normal, IL. Office hours are 8:30am to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday. The Consolidated Plan is available for public comment for a period of 30 days. Comments must be submitted in writing to the Town Clerk’s Office, or to Deanna Mocchi, Finance & Community Development, at Uptown Station, 11 Uptown Circle, Normal, IL 61761, or via e-mail at . Written comments must be received on or before April 6, 2015.

In accordance with CDBG regulations, a public hearing will be held to receive comments in-person on the proposed Consolidated Plan. The public hearing will be conducted on Monday, March 16, 2015, in the Town Council Chambers at Uptown Station at 7:00 P.M., immediately preceding the Town Council Meeting. Please contact Deanna Mocchi, Finance & Community Development, at (309) 454-9586, or via email at , should you have any questions.

A public notice was published in the Normalite on March 5, 2015, and in the PATH-o-Gram on March 9, 2015.

2016-2017 Annual Action Plan and Public Notice



The Town of Normal announces the new Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) 2016-2017 Annual Action Plan, which covers the period April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017, is available for public review and public comment. The Action Plan was prepared in accordance with regulations established by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for CDBG entitlement communities.

This Action Plan details proposed CDBG projects and activities for the period April 1, 2016 through March 31, 2017. The Town’s annual entitlement grant allocated to proposed projects and activities for fiscal year 2016-2017 is estimated to be around $400,000. In addition to the entitlement grant, the Town expects to have $2,000 in program income and $109,000 in carry over funding.

The Annual Action Plan includes the goals and funding objectives list below. Funding levels include 2016-2017 entitlement funds (estimated), surplus fund available from prior years and anticipated program income.

  • The Town will provide funding for public services which include youth education activities and homeless outreach services ($59,000)
  • The Town will provide funding for down payment assistance to eligible LMI homebuyers to help foster homeownership ($30,000)
  • The Town will provide funding for street resurfacing and sidewalk reconstruction in an eligible LMI neighborhood ($70,000)
  • The Town of Normal will provided funding for public facility improvements which will include improvements to the Community Health Care Clinic ($300,000)
  • The Town will provide funding for property acquisition to then make the land available to an LMI family to own an affordable house ($25,000)
The Action Plan is also available at the Town Clerk’s office at Uptown Station, 11 Uptown Circle, Normal IL. Office hours are 8:30am to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday. The Plan is available for public comment for a period of 30 days. Comments must be submitted in writing to the Town Clerk’s Office or Deanna Mocchi, Finance & Community Development at Uptown Station, Attn: CDBG-3rd Floor, 11 Uptown Circle, Normal, IL 61761 or by e-mail at . Comments must be received in writing by March 19, 2016.

A public hearing for the 2016-2017 Annual Action Plan will be held on Monday, March 7, 2016, in the Town Council Chambers at Uptown Station at 7:00pm, immediately preceding the Town Council Meeting. The hearing is open to the public including non-English speaking and physical, visual or hearing impaired individuals. Please contact Deanna Mocchi, (309) 454-9586, or via email , should you have any questions.

A public notice was published in the Normalite on February 18, 2016 and in the PATH-o-Gram on February 10, 2016.

2016-2017 Annual Action Plan


PUBLIC NOTICE
TOWN OF NORMAL 2014-2015 COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT CONSOLIDATED ANNUAL PERFORMANCE EVALUATION REPORT

The proposed Town of Normal CAPER for fiscal year 2015-2016 is available for public review and comment at the Town of Normal Clerk’s office at Uptown Station, 2nd Floor, 11 Uptown Circle, Normal. The office is open 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday. The CAPER is available for a minimum period of 15 days beginning on Friday, June 3, 2016. Public notice will also be published in the Normalite on June 2, 2016. The CAPER is available here: CDBG Annual Performance Report

As a recipient of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding, the Town of Normal is required to complete a Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). This report reviews CDBG expenditures from April 1, 2015 to March 31, 2016.

Comments on the CAPER may be submitted in writing to Deanna Mocchi, Finance & Community Development, at Uptown Station, 11 Uptown Circle, Normal, or to the Town Clerk’s Office. Written comments must be received no later than Friday, June 17, 2016.

A public hearing will be held to receive comments in person on the proposed CAPER. The public hearing will be conducted on Wednesday, June 15, 2016, at 5:00 PM in the Town Clerk’s office at Uptown Station, 2nd Floor, 11 Uptown Circle, Normal, IL.

HUD 2014 Year End Review


The Town received a Program Year End Review Letter from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Community Planning and Development. The letter details the Chicago Regional Office of Community Planning and Development's review of the Town's 2014 Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER), which consists of the Town's 2014 CDBG program funded activities. Click on the link above to view a copy of the letter.


2014 Community Assessment

The 2014 Community Assessment is now available. The assessment was led by the United Way of McLean County, through collaboration with the Applied Social Research Unit (ASRU) of Illinois State University, students, and community members. Data collection methods included surveys, focus groups, key informant interviews, and analysis of community data. The goal of the assessment was to identify health and human services needs throughout McLean County, including needs specific to the Town of Normal. The Town of Normal is proud to be a contributor to the 2014 Community Assessment, and will use the data collected towards preparation of future Community Development Block Grant plans and activities. The report and accompanying executive summary can be found online at the United Way of McLean County website.

Emergency Repair and Accessibility Program


The Town of Normal also offers an Emergency Repair and Accessibility Program (ERAP) for home owners in the community. This program is integrated with the activities of the CDBG program; however, does not utilize federal CDBG funding. The ERAP is administered through PATH, Inc. Click on the link in the left hand column for more information.