Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)

The Cherry Hill Township Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Entitlement Program, as administered by the US Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD), allocates annual grants to develop viable communities by providing decent housing, a suitable living environment and opportunities to expand economic opportunities, principally for low- and moderate-income persons.

Substantial Amendment Notice

Township of Cherry Hill
 Community Development Block Grant Program
 Substantial Amendment of 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 Annual Action Plans

Introduction

The Township of Cherry Hill proposes to amend several previous Annual Action Plans and consolidate unexpended funding from those years into its 2021 Annual Action Plan. Specifically, the Township has created this Substantial Amendment for Program Years 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020. The 2021 Annual Action Plan was approved on August 10, 2021 with $466,919 in CDBG funds, along with anticipated program income of $19,474. The proposed amendments to prior year Annual Actions Plans will supplement the 2021 Annual Action Plan with an additional $636,538.26 in prior year funds.    

Revised Activities and Funding Reallocations

This substantial amendment will reallocate a total of $649,433.26 of prior year entitlement funds and prior year program income. Funds will be used to increase the budget for the 2021 Housing Activities (Housing Acquisition & Rehabilitation for Rent or Sale) Project. The substantial amendment will also create two new Projects in the 2021 Action Plan: Removal of Architectural Barriers and Single-Family Housing Rehabilitation. This amendment will also change the funding source for Senior Bus Project from the 2020 Program Year. All funding will be used to respond to community needs identified in both the Township’s 2020 Consolidated Plan the 2021 Annual Action Plan.  The following charts illustrate the proposed reallocation of prior year entitlement and program income funds:

Summary of Reallocated Prior Year Entitlement Funds and Prior Year Program Income

USE OF FUNDS

SOURCE OF FUNDS

Project/Budget

Reallocated Amount

Year/IDIS
 Activity #

Project Name

Type of Funding

Housing Activities (Housing Acquisition & Rehabilitation for Rent or Sale)

$336,578.26 

           $51,014.00 

2017/320

Single Family Rehab

Program Income

            $49,700.00 

2018/331

Single Family Rehab

Program Income

          $113,873.00 

2019/342

Single Family Rehab

Program Income

            $72,845.00 

2020/353

Single Family Rehab

Program Income

            $12,855.00 

2020/352

Senior Bus

Program Income

            $36,291.26 

2020/357

Moderate Price Housing

Entitlement

Single Family Housing Rehabilitation (2021) $250,000.00

             $9,266.70 

2017/320

Single Family Rehab

Entitlement

            $65,000.00 

2018/331

Single Family Rehab

Entitlement

             $7,694.93 

2018/334

Planning

Entitlement

            $52,924.63 

2019/343

Housing Activities

Entitlement

             $6,186.00 

2020/353

Single Family Rehab

Entitlement

            $12,855.00 

2020/353

Single Family Rehab

Entitlement

            $96,072.74 

2020/356

Housing Activities

Entitlement

Removal of Architectural Barriers (2021) $50,000.00

             $3,927.26 

2020/356

Housing Activities

Entitlement

            46,072.74 

2020/357

Moderate Price Housing

Entitlement

Senior Bus (2020) $12,855.00

            12,855.00 

2020/357

Moderate Price Housing

Entitlement

 

This Substantial Amendment will also revise the funding of two Projects in the 2021 Action Plan to correct an error in how Administrative funds were calculated. Specifically, the amendment will move $1,356 to from the Housing Activities project budget to the Planning & Administration project budget:

Project

Budget in Action Plan

Revision

New Budget

Housing Activities

$322,617.00

-$1,356.00

$321,261.00

Planning & Administration

$92,028.00

+1,356.00

$93,384.00

 

Summary of Substantial Amendment

Revised Activities and Funding Reallocations

  • Increase 2021 Planning & Administration Project budget by $1,356 to $93,384. The increase will remain at or below the CDBG 20% cap for administration cost.
  • Increase 2021 Housing Activities Project by $336,578.26 to $657,839.26.
  • Create a new 2021 Project in the amount of $250,000 named Single Family Housing Rehabilitation.
  • Create a new 2021 Project in the amount of $50,000 named Removal of Architectural Barriers.
  • Change the funding source of the 2020 Senior Bus Project (#352) from Program Income to Entitlement Funds.

 

Stakeholder Consultation & Citizen Participation

The citizen participation process for this Substantial Amendment conforms with the Township’s Citizen Participation Plan, last revised in 2020. Citizens are hereby provided reasonable notice and opportunity to comment on proposed amendments. A copy of this Substantial Amendment is available for review at the Township’s website: https://www.cherryhill-nj.com/152/Community-Development-Block-Grant-CDBG. Those wishing to provide comments are encouraged to do so in writing to Cosmas Diamantis at CDiamantis@chtownship.com.

On October 5, 2021 at 5pm, the Township of Cherry Hill will hold a Virtual Public Hearing via the Zoom platform to consider the proposed substantial changes to the FY 2021 CDBG Annual Action Plan.  Members of the public will be given the opportunity to provide comments verbally or in writing.  All interested persons, groups, and organizations are encouraged to attend, review the Substantial Amendment on public review and provide public comment. Please follow this link to join the meeting: 

https://cherryhillnj.zoom.us/j/88577570065 

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Or Telephone:

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As per the Township’s Citizen Participation Plan, the public will have thirty (30) days to provide comments on this Substantial Amendment. The public comment period ends on October 5, 2021 at 4PM. At 7PM on September 27, 2021, Township Committee will consider adoption of a resolution approving this Substantial Amendment and authorizing its submission to the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development.

General questions regarding this Plan or proposed programming as well as requests for special assistance related to limited English proficiency or disabilities should be directed to Cosmas Diamantis at CDiamantis@chtownship.com or (856) 661-4737.  

CONSOLIDATED ANNUAL PERFORMANCE AND EVALUATION REPORT (CAPER)

FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 2020 NOTICE

In accordance with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant regulations, the Township of Cherry Hill has prepared its Fiscal Year 2020 Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) for its Community Development Block Grant Program. This report contains information including:  1) Summary of the resources and accomplishments, 2) Status of actions taken during the year to implement the goals outlined in the Consolidated Plan, and 3) Evaluation of the progress made during the year in addressing identified priority needs and objectives. 

A draft of the 2020 Comprehensive Annual Performance and Evaluation Report will be available for inspection from September 14, 2021 and ending September 28, 2021 on the Township website only. The Township website is: https://www.chnj.gov/152/Community-Development-Block-Grant-CDBG

All citizens are encouraged to offer comments by writing via mail or email.  Mail comments to the Cherry Hill Township Department of Community Development, 820 Mercer Street, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002, ATTN: Natalie Shafiroff.  Email to nshafiroff@chnj.gov. Comments must be received by September 28, 2021.  

The Township intends to submit the FY 2020 Comprehensive Annual Performance Evaluation Report to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on or about September 30, 2021.

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2021 Annual Action Plan

The Township of Cherry Hill is seeking public comment on the Township’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Cherry Hill 2021 Annual Action Plan (AAP) - DRAFT.  As an entitlement community under the CDBG program, the Township has received a formula allocation from HUD for the 2021 AAP (Program Year 2021-2022) of approximately $460,138. These funds may be used for eligible activities, as authorized by Title 1 of the Housing & Community Development Act (HCDA) of 1974, as amended.

Cherry Hill Township held a virtual public hearing on the Township’s Draft 2021 Annual Action Plan on March 3, 2021.  The purpose of this hearing was to obtain comments on overall community need for the Consolidated Plan.  Cherry Hill Township will hold a second virtual public hearing on the Township’s Final 2021 AAP on April 14, 2021 at 5pm.


April 14 Zoom Meeting Information

Topic: CDBG 2021 Annual Action Plan

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

https://cherryhillnj.zoom.us/j/84729644469

Or One tap mobile : 

    US: +13017158592,,84729644469#  or +13126266799,,84729644469# 

Or Telephone:

    Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):

        US: +1 301 715 8592  or +1 312 626 6799  or +1 929 205 6099  or +1 253 215 8782  or +1 346 248 7799  or +1 669 900 6833 

Webinar ID: 847 2964 4469

    International numbers available: https://cherryhillnj.zoom.us/u/khKpJMRmC 

All interested individuals and organizations are invited and encouraged to attend these public hearings. Persons interested in attending the hearings who require interpretive assistance (i.e. – hearing impaired or non-English speaking), or other accommodation, shall notify the Cherry Hill Township Department of Community Development at least five (5) working days prior to the meeting in order to make the appropriate arrangements.

  

2020 to 2024 CDBG Consolidated Plan

2015 to 2019 CDBG Consolidated Plan

In 2015, Cherry Hill Township completed its Consolidated Plan, which outlines CDBG-funded activities. The Consolidated Plan is a plan of five years in length, which describes community needs, resources, priorities, and proposed activities to be undertaken, which includes a plan to affirmatively further fair housing and a citizen participation plan.

2010 to 2014 CDBG Consolidated Plan

In 2010, Cherry Hill Township completed its Consolidated Plan, which outlines CDBG-funded activities.

The Consolidated Plan is a plan of five years in length, which describes community needs, resources, priorities, and proposed activities to be undertaken, which includes a plan to affirmatively further fair housing and a citizen participation plan.

Annual Action Plans (2010 to 2014)

For each program year, grantees must submit an update to HUD, referred to as an Action Plan. The Action Plan describes the specific planned uses for HUD programs, including CDBG, as well as certain other program requirements.

Annual Reporting (2010 to 2014)

Grantees are also required to submit a Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) 90 days after the end of the grantee’s program year. The CAPER must also include detailed information on progress towards addressing priorities, goals, and objectives outlined in a grantee’s Consolidated Plan.

If there are any questions concerning the CDBG Entitlement Program, please contact Lorissa Luciani, PP, AICP, Director of Community Development, Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM at (856) 488-7870 or by TTY at (856) 661-4783.