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.

Residential Rehabilitation Program

The City offers grants to to low to moderate income City homeowners for home repairs. Please see program page here for more information.

​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


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.

Available funds for the 2018 CDBG Program Year total $353,869.92, including the 2018 Entitlement Grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development ($314,164), and re-programmed funds from prior years ($9,705.92), and a minor amendment transferring funds from a 2014 PY year ($30,000). City Council voted to accept the Community Development Citizens Advisory Committee's funding recommendations on May 1, 2018, and to accept the minor amendment on  November 5, 2018. Please see the 2018 Entitlement Action Plan below.

The City is now accepting funding applications for the 2019 program year. Applications are due to the Office of Community Development no later 4:30 pm on January 31, 2019. Please find guidebook and application below. Inquiries should be directed to the City Community Development Planner, Lindsey Connors (lindsey.connors@saratoga-springs.org).

2018 Entitlement Action Plan