CDBG-CV: Coronavirus Response Funding

Overview

The City of Billings was awarded Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding (CDBG-CV) to support coronavirus response for low-income individuals and families in Billings. The City is required to coordinate with state and local health authorities before undertaking any activity to support state or local pandemic response. 

Substantial Amendment to use CDBG for coronavirus response, preparation, and prevention activities. 

In response to the COVID-19 variant surge, the City of Billings is proposing to utilize any and all available CDBG funds to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus. The City currently has $554,586 in unallocated CDBG-CV (CARES Act) funding to commit and this amount may be insufficient to meet evolving community needs.

PUBLIC HEARING: The City Council will hold a public hearing on the FY2021-2022 Annual Action Plan amendment on Monday, October 25, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. at the City Council meeting in Billings, Montana. The purpose of the public hearing is to obtain public comment on local housing and community development needs relative to proposed CDBG funding recommendations. The public comment period will be open from September 25, 2021 to October 25, 2021.

PROPOSED PROJECTS & ACTIVITIES: All activities must benefit low-income individuals and / or households and can be used to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus. Examples include: 

  • Public Facility Improvements: Handwashing stations, public restrooms improvements, infrastructure, accessibility, small-scale rehabilitation, public facility systems, rehabilitation for social distancing, touchless / nonporous surfacing, etc. The City also received an Affordable Housing Development program application for a boiler and room rehabilitation for a local quarantine / isolation and shelter facility. This project is already eligible for a CDBG-CV allocation through the  previously-approved CDBG-CV Consolidated Plan amendment. Program guidelines can be viewed online at www.BillingsMT.gov/chdo.
  • Public Service Activities: Rent, mental health care, meal distribution, mortgage payments, internet access, utility assistance, childcare, client remote access, vaccination activities, virtual service ability, exposure prevention - staff training, additional cleaning, unmet hospital / public health needs, FEMA match, etc.

AVAILABLE FUNDING: The City manages federal resources on a shovel- and close-ready basis. Therefore, FY2021-2022 CDBG routine programs may also be reallocated including, but not limited to: Housing Rehabilitation ($75,000);   Foreclosure Acquisition / Rehabilitation ($250,000); and First Time Home Buyer ($173,719). Reallocations to specific projects and programs will undergo public processes and reviews through the Community Development Board and the City Council, as per usual. The City also has $359,867 in prior year CDBG revenues to allocate, in addition to $110,000+ in CDBG revenues received throughout this fiscal year. 

Substantial Amendment for CDBG-CV Funding - FY2020-2021 Annual Action Plan

The City of Billings held a public hearing on an amendment to the Consolidated Plan and the FY2020-20212 Annual Action Plan on Monday, June 28, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. at the City Council meeting in Billings, Montana. The purpose of the public hearing was to obtain public comment on local housing and community development needs relative to proposed CDBG-CV funding recommendations. The City’s proposed amendment is available online and open for public comment from June 12 through June 28, 2021. The amended plan will then be revised, as required, and submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Detailed information about the rules and regulations governing CDBG-CV program, proposed projects, and the upcoming public hearing can be requested via email at rodiert@billingsmt.gov or calling 406-657-8284 or 711 for TTY.    

CDBG-CV Activities must:

  • Exclusively prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus (i.e., SARS-CoV-2 or another coronavirus with pandemic potential).
  • Primarily benefit low-income individuals and families in Billings. Extensive documentation relative to the impact of pandemic response activities for low-income beneficiaries, including complete demographics, is required.
  • Avoid duplication of other local, state, or federal service or support to prevent fraud, waste, and abuse.   

CDBG-CV Application Process

In preparation, the City recently solicited input and public comment via survey instruments and other communication forums to garner data and information to conduct a needs assessment relative to coronavirus / infectious disease response.

The online CDBG-CV applications for grant funding were available from April 19, 2021, until 5:00pm MST on May 14, 2021. The City received two applications for CDBG-CV grant funding:

Housing Development

Organizations seeking funding for housing development should refer to the Affordable Housing Development program to request a CDBG or HOME funding allocation at www.BillingsMT.gov/chdo.