Prince William County will begin its 30th year in FY2022 as a recipient of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Over the years these federal funds have provided the Prince William Area (Prince William County, cities of Manassas and Manassas Park) the opportunity to address housing and community development needs of the Areas of low and moderate-income citizens. The County, through the Office of Housing & Community Development (OHCD) has used CDBG funds with our partners to provide homeownership opportunities, affordable rental housing, housing rehabilitation assistance, transitional housing, special needs housing, accessible buildings/playgrounds and support to various human services organizations.
HUD awards grants to entitlement jurisdictions to carry out a wide range of community development activities directed toward revitalizing neighborhoods, economic development, and providing improved community facilities and services.
The County is allowed to develop programs and funding priorities with public input. The Prince William Area Consolidated Plan describes the programs and funding priorities established locally for a five-year period. The FY2021-2025 Consolidated Plan was presented and adopted by the Prince William County Board of Supervisors in May 2020. An Annual Action Plan is prepared annually to implement the Consolidated Plan goals and objectives. Jurisdictions are required to give maximum feasible priorities to activities, which benefit low-and moderate-income persons. Activities may also aid in prevention or elimination of slum or blight, or, in certain circumstances, categories of activities are referred to as the "CDBG National Objectives".
The County provides a portion of its CDBG funds on a competitive basis to eligible outside agencies for specific eligible activities that meet one of the above CDBG National Objectives and that will further the Prince William Area's goals and objectives, as stated in the Five-Year Consolidated Plan, which may be viewed online at www.pwcgov.org/housing.
Much of the success of the CDBG program lies with citizen participation and our local non-profit organizations. Many caring citizens and community organizations help to identify programs and projects for CDBG funding. Once the County makes funding available, these same groups and individuals work to carry out the approved programs and projects. In Fiscal Year 2022, which will begin July 1, 2021, the County anticipates a Competitive Set-A-Side of $1.5 for the County and $50,000 for Manassas City projects and activities.
Below is a list of FY22 CDBG Competitive applications, scores and comments.
The Prince William County Office of Housing and Community Development (OHCD) is soliciting applications from Prince William County certified Community Housing Development Organizations (CHDO) for the development, improvement or preservation of affordable housing for households with incomes at or below 80% of Area Median Income (AMI) in the Prince William Area which consists of Prince William County, and the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park.
CHDO’s are a specific type of nonprofit organization defined in the HOME Final Rule [24 CFR Part 92]. The definition and criteria that an organization must meet to qualify as a CHDO is found in 24 CFR 92.2 and focuses on the legal status of the organization, its capacity and experience, the organizational structure, and the relationship of CHDO to for-profit entities.
Applications are due to the Prince William County Office of Housing and Community Development, Attn: Joan Duckett, Community Planning and Development Division Chief, 15941 Donald Curtis Drive, Suite 112, Woodbridge, VA 22191 by 5:00 p.m. on March 31, 2020.