Community Development

Duties


The Saratoga Springs Office of Community Development works to advance the City Council's goals of increasing access to affordable housing, improving the living environment, and expanding economic opportunities for persons of low and moderate income.


History


The Office of Community Development was created in 1975 to implement City programs funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Since qualifying for Entitlement Grant funds in 1994, the City has utilized these dollars to develop affordable housing, establish residential rehabilitation grant and loan programs, provide funding for public improvement projects in low and moderate income areas of the city, and support a host of legal, education and outreach programs for low and moderate income residents.

​Economic Development Revolving Loan Program


The City of Saratoga Springs established the "Economic Development Loan Program" to stimulate job creation for residents of low- and moderate-income. The program helps to subsidize these job opportunities by offering low interest loans/ or loan guarantees to businesses physically located within the City of Saratoga Springs. Read more here.

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Funding Applications


Typically, applications are available during the month of December to those interested in applying to the City of Saratoga Springs for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Entitlement Funds for each program year (July 1 – June 30). These funds are designed to assist activities that address community development needs as prioritized in the city’s Consolidated Plan, and that benefit persons of low and moderate income. Eligible activities may include job creation; affordable housing acquisition, construction and rehabilitation; infrastructure improvements; and other federally eligible activities.

*** 2020 CDBG Entitlement Grant  & CDBG-CV Funding Applications are now closed***



In light of the emerging needs of the low-moderate income community resulting from the current COVID-19 Pandemic, the Community Development Department reopened applications for the 2020 CDBG Program Year. Funding for this program remains unchanged at $315,491. In addition, the City has been allocated additional funding by HUD through the CARES Act to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus pandemic. This CDBG-CV funding totals $181,629, and must be used for COVID-19 related activities benefiting the low-moderate income population.

The Community Development Department has closed the application period for these funding sources. If/when further CDBG-CV funding is made available to the City by HUD, opportunities will be posted here.

Important Dates & Info Summary

The Community Development Citizen Advisory Committee (CDCAC) presented it's funding recommendations to City Council at the June 2, 2020 Council meeting. These recommendations are now open for public comment. The public comment period will conclude June 16, 2020 with a public hearing at the City Council meeting.

A summary of the CDCAC's recommendations can be found here.

Questions should be directed to the Community Development Planner at lindsey.connors@saratoga-springs.org.