The City of Auburn receives Community Development Block Grant funds from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The primary objective of the Community Development Program is the development of viable urban communities by providing decent housing, a suitable living environment, and expanding economic opportunities principally for persons of low- and moderate-income. Over the years, the City received over $27.3 million in Community Development funds and has generated in excess of $16.5 million in revenue from program activities. Community Development Program
The City of Auburn also receives HOME Investment Partnerships Program funds from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The purpose of these funds is to expand the supply of affordable housing and to increase the number who can be served with affordable housing. The City received its first HOME Investment Partnerships Program funds in 2002 and is the lead agency to secure and report on these funds. The HOME grant is shared with the City's partner, the City of Lewiston. The City of Auburn received $3.8 million and has generated over $407,000 in income from program activities. HOME Program
Community Development funds have been used to assist with improvements to public facilities such as streets, sidewalks, creation of parking areas, development of parks, extension of public sewer service, rehabilitation of housing and commercial properties, economic development, acquisition of real estate, demolition of deteriorated structures, and public services. HOME funds are earmarked specifically for housing that serves low- and moderate-income households. The City uses these funds to provide homebuyer assistance, and to make improvements to owner-occupied housing.
The Community Development Department develops an annual budget each year for Community Development and HOME funds with the guidance of the Citizen's Advisory Committee. The Auburn City Council, upon advice of the Citizen's Advisory Committee, selects priorities for spending funds. Generally, decisions for each funding cycle follow a schedule of activities.
There are numerous ways to allocate Community Development funds. The Federal Government is extremely flexible in determining Community Development activities. Eligible Activities
There are four types of activities under the HOME Program. They are rental housing, homebuyer assistance, housing rehabilitation, and tenant-based rental assistance. All HOME funds must benefit low- and moderate-income households.
The City identified the conditions that contributed to decline in neighborhoods in its Urban Conditions Study. This study is an analysis of many factors including parking, circulation and access, environmental influences, open space, recreation, aesthetics, roads and infrastructure, and building conditions. This study enables the City to invest Community Development funds in neighborhoods with the greatest need. The City created five target areas: Downtown, New Auburn, Union Street, Manley Road, and Sandy Beach.
Some of the Community Development programs are available only to households who are of low- and moderate-income. The Department of Housing and Urban Development develops annual income guidelines. A low- and moderate income household has income that is less than 80% of area median income.