The City of West Des Moines has been an entitlement community under the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program since 2005. Entitlement communities include local governments with 50,000 or more residents, other local governments designated as central cities of metropolitan areas, and urban counties with populations of at least 200,000. West Des Moines is an entitlement community because it is considered a local government with 50,000 or more residents.
A 5-day public comment period begins April 25, 2020 and ends April 29, 2020. Plans are available for review and comment during this period. During the public comment period the plans will be available for review online only because of the unique circumstances of COVID-19:
The plans are scheduled for a public hearing on the May 4, 2020 City Council agenda for final approval.
The plans for review are:
2019-20 Annual Action Plan - Amended for CDBG-CV funds (COVID-19 Funds from CARES Act)
2018-19 Annual Action Plan - Amended to eliminate the Rental Acquisition Program and move funds to the Wi-Fi pilot Program
Comments on the plans may be submitted via email to Christine.email@example.com
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has identified the City of West Des Moines as a potential grantee for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. As an entitlement city, West Des Moines would be eligible for HUD funds to address defined needs in the community. A draft Consolidated Plan has been completed which defines the needs of the community and describes the programs proposed to be funded through the CDBG Program.
The current plans related to the CDBG Program are:
- Consolidated Plan– a five year plan describing the needs and goals of the City of West Des Moines related to housing and community development
- Annual Action Plan– a one year plan describing the programs and funding allocations of one program year
- Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER)– a report detailing the outcomes of the CDBG program for the previous year. This document is for the prior year so the plan available is for 2017-18.
- Greater Des Moines Regional Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice - a report and plan identifying the impediments to fair housing choices the region including West Des Moines
- Citizen Participation Plan - a plan outlining methods and procedures for citizen participation in the CDBG Program
- Outreach Policy for Minority and Women Owned Businesses/Contractors - a plan outlining West Des Moines' commitment to support and solicit minority and women-owned businesses and contractors.
The CDBG program has a twelve month timeline. The program year begins July 1st and ends June 30th of the following year. Click here for more information on the funding allocations to date.
The programs funded for the 2019-2020 Community Development Block Grant funds are:
- Internet Access - provide Wi-Fi access to part of the Valley Junction neighborhood.
- Transportation – Provide free use of Des Moines Metropolitan Transportation Authority for qualified applicants to use the system throughout the entire metro area for access to employment, shopping and medical facilities.
- Housing - Provide homeless prevention dollars for utilities and eviction notices.
- Administration – Administration of the Community Development Block Grant Program.