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, and recently expanded the Economic Development Revolving Loan Program to stimulate job creation, and support job retention, for residents of low-moderate income. The program helps to subsidize these job opportunities, and preserve jobs that would otherwise be lost by offering low interest loans to businesses physically located within the City of Saratoga Springs. Read more here.

 

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program

Typically, sub-grantee applications are available during the month of December to organizations 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 public services; affordable housing creation, construction and rehabilitation; infrastructure improvements; and other federally eligible activities.



2022 CDBG Program Year Sub-grantee Application Period is Closed

The Community Development Department has opened the window for sub-grantee applications for the 2022 CDBG Program Year. 


 2022 CDBG Program Year Anticipated Schedule of Events
December 17th - Friday 2022 Entitlement funding applications and guidelines available (below)
January 31 - Monday Application deadline (due no later than 4:30 pm)
February 8 - Tuesday Public Application Hearing #1:  Via Zoom
February 10 - Thursday Public Application Hearing #2:  Via Zoom
March 15th - Tuesday CDCAC presents funding recommendations to City Council
March 16th – April 19th 2021 Entitlement Action Plan Public Comment Period
April 5th -
Tuesday
 Public Hearing on recommended 2022 Entitlement Action Plan
April 19th - Tuesday City Council vote on 2022 Entitlement Action Plan
May 13th -
Friday
 Submission of 2022 Entitlement Action Plan to HUD-Buffalo
 July 1st - Thursday 2022 Program Year begins
 Sept – Oct 2022 Anticipated receipt of HUD Grant Agreement and Release of Funds


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


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