Community Development Block Grant Program

The City of Hopewell Department of Neighborhood Assistance & Planning announces the release of the Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) for the 2013-14 program year. The CAPER documents the accomplishments of the City of Hopewell in carrying out the CDBG program for the past year. The CAPER provides narratives and detailed data reports of the projects/programs funded with Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014.

The CAPER is available for public comment until Tuesday, October 14, 2014. The Department will accept comments during this time.

Please click here:   2013 CAPER CITY OF HOPEWELL PR23 PR21 PR06 PR03

Hard copies of the Report are available at the following locations:

  1. City of Hopewell Department of Neighborhood Assistance & Planning, 300 North Main Street, Suite 321
  2. Hopewell Redevelopment and Housing Authority, 350 East Poythress Street
  3. Appomattox Regional Library, 245 East Cawson Street
  4. Hopewell Recreation/Community Center, 100 West City Point Road

You may also request a copy of the report by calling (804) 541-2220.  Please submit written comments by close of business (5:00 pm EST) on October 14, 2014 to Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG), 300 N. Main Street, Suite 321, Hopewell, Virginia 23860 or at tgriffin@hopewellva.gov.

The City of Hopewell welcomes the comments of citizens.  For additional information about the Community Development Block Grant, please contact the Department of Neighborhood Assistance & Planning at (804) 541-2220.

Nature of Program

HUD awards grants to entitlement community grantees to carry out a wide range of community development activities directed toward revitalizing neighborhoods, economic development, and providing improved community facilities and services. Entitlement communities develop their own programs and funding priorities. However, grantees must give maximum feasible priority to activities which benefit low- and moderate-income persons. A grantee may also carry out activities which aid in the prevention or elimination of slums or blight. Additionally, grantees may fund activities when the grantee certifies that the activities meet other community development needs having a particular urgency because existing conditions pose a serious and immediate threat to the health or welfare of the community where other financial resources are not available to meet such needs. CDBG funds may not be used for activities which do not meet these broad national objectives.

Eligible Activities

CDBG funds may be used for activities which include, but are not limited to:

  • acquisition of real property;
  • relocation and demolition;
  • rehabilitation of residential and non-residential structures;
  • construction of public facilities and improvements, such as water and sewer facilities, streets, neighborhood centers, and the conversion of school buildings for eligible purposes;
  • public services, within certain limits;
  • activities relating to energy conservation and renewable energy resources; and
  • provision of assistance to profit-motivated businesses to carry out economic development and job creation/retention activities.

Ineligible Activities

Generally, the following types of activities are ineligible:

  • acquisition, construction, or reconstruction of buildings for the general conduct of government;
  • political activities;
  • certain income payments; and
  • construction of new housing by units of general local government.

Consolidated Plan

The Consolidated Plan is a five year outline of the goals and objectives the City has adopted to meet the housing and community development needs of its citizens. The Plan requires detailed analysis of the City’s past and current population, economic, demographic and social trends to make responsible decisions that will be most beneficial in improving the life of low-and-moderate income families, households and neighborhoods in the future. The Consolidated Plan planning process is designed to be a community wide brainstorming and visioning effort encompassing all citizens. It was not done in a vacuum, but has solicited the input of the City Council, citizens, community organizations, regional planning organizations, service organizations, and others. This document will take the reader through the process as it unfolded to city staff, beginning first with an overview of the management process.

Annual Action Plan

As the lead agency for the City’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, the City of Hopewell’s Department of Neighborhood Assistance & Planning (formerly the Department of Development) is responsible for preparing the Annual Action Plan. The 2014 Action Plan describes how the City of Hopewell intends to utilize Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds for the 2014 program year, beginning July 1, 2014 and ending June 30, 2015. In adopting this Action Plan, the Hopewell City Council has attempted to meet a broad range of needs as established in the Consolidated Plan 2010-2015. These needs are in the areas of: Community Development, Housing, Homeless, Families & Individuals and Non-Homeless Needs. The City is excited about the programs and initiatives outlined in this program year.  The 2014 Annual Action Plan is currently being reviewed by the Richmond HUD Field Office.  Click here to review the 2014 Action Plan:  2014 Action Plan

Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice

All localities that receive Federal funds from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) are required to prepare an Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing (AI) every five years. The latest Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (AI) was completed in 2010. It examines policies and practices that may limit the ability of Hopewell residents to choose housing in an environment free from discrimination. The purpose of the AI is to identify potential fair housing issues and impediments, and recommend possible actions that the City of Hopewell can implement, in order to assist the City in planning its fair housing activities over the next five years. This analysis assembles basic demographic, economic, and housing information about the City of Hopewell, identify and analyze barriers that may limit housing choice, and recommend possible actions to rectify impediments identified.