One of the legislative victories that the Coalition celebrated after the 2017 legislative session was the restoration of a portion of the state’s ~$43 million allocation of CDBG funds to Neighborhood Revitalization and housing for rural areas. Since 2013, all of those funds had been diverted to water infrastructure projects, which had left a gap in resources for rural North Carolina to address its housing needs. The North Carolina Department of Commerce has been working since the end of the legislative session to develop a strategy and process to deploy those funds, and that time is now.
The NOFA for the $10 million in CDBG Neighborhood Revitalization funds was released on April 13 and runs through July 27 at 5:00 PM. The Neighborhood Revitalization program is designed to support housing, housing related activities, or public facilities that support housing related activities for low- and moderate-income families. These funds will uphold three livability principles, and all of the proposed projects must have one of the following principles as an area of focus:
- Promote equitable, affordable housing;
- Support existing communities; or
- Value communities and neighborhoods.
This is a competitive application process with a maximum award amount of $750,000, and local governments must apply. You can access the application and further details here. For any questions, please contact Detra Purcell at (919) 814-4754 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Coalition is excited to see this investment put back in rural housing across the state and look forward to see its impact on families across North Carolina. Thank you to each of you who had a part in advocating for this crucial source of funds.