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Community Development Block Grants
The City of Auburn's Community Development Block Grant Consolidated Plan guides the city's use of federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds for a five year period. It describes the amount of assistance, priorities, range of activities, and estimated amount that will benefit low- and moderate-income people in our community. The Consolidated Plan Annual Action Plan outlines the specific programs and activities to be undertaken for the program year and the amount of funds that will be awarded to those projects. The program year for the City of Auburn begins January 1 and ends December 31. Auburn's current CDBG strategic planning documents are located below:   

Frequently Asked Questions

What is CDBG?

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Entitlement Program provides annual grants from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to eligible cities to help support and develop viable urban communities.

Auburn receives CDBG funds annually, and funds a variety of projects in the community that support our City’s CDBG goals. Auburn is part of the King County CDBG Consortium, and we work very closely with other communities utilizing this resource, especially with King County and the cities of Federal Way, Kent, and Bellevue.

How much money does Auburn receive?

The CDBG program provides formula grants, meaning that the amount we receive is based off of a set formula that Congress approves each year during the budget process. This formula includes multiple factors such as population, poverty rate, and age of housing stock.

Our annual grant amount changes each year based on changes to the budget as well as our community demographics. In 2020, we received $631,937. We don’t know how exactly how much we will receive in 2021, but we generally create a budget and plan based on the amount we received in the prior year.

How does the City prioritize how we spend these funds?

The City of Auburn is required by HUD to submit a plan every five years to HUD that maps out how it will prioritize CDBG dollars. This plan, called the Consolidated Plan, is designed to help states and local jurisdictions assess their affordable housing and community development needs. Our current plan covers 2020 – 2024, and includes data on our community needs as well as our planned activities to help address those needs.

Additionally, the City submits an Annual Action Plan to HUD that details what resources we expect to receive in the coming year and how we will spend CDBG funds.

Projects and activities of the current Consolidated Plan and our Action Plans follow three broad goals:

  1. Affordable Housing – Ensure access to healthy, affordable housing for low- and moderate-income households throughout the region and advance fair housing to end discrimination and overcome historic patterns of segregation.
  2. Ending Homelessness – Make homelessness rare, brief, and one-time and eliminate racial disparities.
  3. Community and Economic Development – Establish and maintain healthy, integrated, and vibrant communities by improving the well-being and mobility of low- and moderate-income residents, and focusing on communities with historic disparities in health, income, and quality of life.

The City welcomes input from Auburn residents on how we allocate these funds. Typically, there are two public hearings held each year to receive input on the Annual Action Plan – once before we’ve drafted it, and once after it’s been published and community members have had the opportunity to review. See more about this process and the opportunities to share your perspectives with the City at SpeakUpAuburn.org/CDBG.

Every year, the City produces an annual report called the Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) that details how we spent these dollars and what progress we made during the prior year. Our most recent CAPER can be found in the documents at the top of this page.

What are some examples of Auburn’s CDBG projects?
Although the City of Auburn funds a variety of projects each year, some of those projects are funded during each cycle as they have been prioritized by our City Council in our strategic planning documents.

One of these core programs is the City’s Housing Repair Program. This program provides eligible homeowners grants up to $7,000 for emergency minor home repairs. Leaky roofs, unsafe stairs, floor repair, access for individuals with disabilities, and heating system repairs are examples of work funded with Minor Housing Repair grants. This program helps Auburn's low-income homeowners preserve and stay in safe and affordable housing. To learn more or apply for services through this program, please visit auburnwa.gov/housingrepair.

Another type of project that is consistently funded is sidewalk ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) improvements. With the support of the City’s Public Works department, projects are chosen each year to support increased safety and accessibility for Auburn residents. Sidewalk projects have historically taken place across the City, though in recent plan years the CDBG program has prioritized low income residential areas to fund these improvements.

The CDBG program allows grantees to use up to 15% of their funds for “public services” in the community. Every two years, the City accepts applications from nonprofit agencies that provide services to low income Auburn residents, such as healthcare, legal assistance, homelessness prevention or intervention, job training, and more. In 2021, the City has allocated CDBG public service dollars to go towards homelessness prevention, legal assistance, and fair housing supports. You can read more about the specific services in our 2021 Annual Action Plan located at the top of this page.
How does the City incorporate community input?

The process for community input on our CDBG program is guided by the City’s CDBG Citizen Participation Plan, a document that HUD requires each grantee to develop and follow. You can read our full plan, located at the top of this page.

The City welcomes public participation in the development of the Consolidated Plan and amendments to the Plan. Prior to the adoption of the plan, the fund amount expected from HUD to the City of Auburn, the range of activities that may be undertaken, and the amount of funding expected to benefit low/moderate-income persons will all be made available to the public.

Key Opportunities for Input:

  • Public Hearings: Public hearings will be held at least twice per year at key stages of the grants administration process to obtain the public’s views and to provide the public with responses to their questions and comments. Public hearings refers to both public hearings at City Council and the City’s Human Services Committee as well as community meetings.
    Residents are given at least 14 calendar days notice of all hearings and public meetings through posting on the City of Auburn webpage and direct notification to stakeholders. Public notice shall indicate the date, time, location, purpose of the meeting, and information about the issues to be discussed. This information will be posted on this website as it is available.
  • Comment Period: The City makes all reports related to CDBG available for review and feedback prior to finalizing them. The comment periods for plans and reports is listed below. When these comment periods are open, the plans will be posted on this website, and we will detail the ways you can submit comments.

Document & Comment Period

  • Consolidated Plan & Annual Action Plan: 30 calendar days
  • Substantial Amendment to Consolidated & Annual Action Plan: 30 calendar days
  • Fair Housing Assessment: 30 calendar days
  • Citizen Participation Plan: 30 calendar days
  • CAPER: 15 calendar days
What is the Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice?

The City of Auburn is required by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to regularly adopt an updated Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (AI) in order to remain eligible to receive CDBG funds. The AI is an analysis of data related to housing access and disparity, utilizing a standard format and data points provided by HUD. Each year, the City includes information in its annual performance report to HUD regarding how it has addressed issues and goals identified in the AI. The AI is a supplement to the 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan, and informs the goals within the larger strategic planning document. As part of the King County Consortium, Auburn and other cities adopt a King County-wide AI in order to understand and respond to larger issues of Fair Housing present across our community as a whole.

The federal Fair Housing Act of 1968 requires all local governments affirmatively further fair housing. The Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice seeks to understand the barriers to fair housing as identified by community and stakeholder input, data, and policy analysis. This Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice helps guide policy and funding decisions to address discrimination and segregation in King County.

Federal, state, and local laws make it illegal for housing providers to discriminate against certain groups (see list below). Factors that have a disproportionate impact on access to housing for these groups can also be a barrier to fair housing choice. All local governments have a duty to strive to ensure all people have fair access to housing.

Protected Classes

Federal 

  • Race
  • Color
  • National Origin
  • Religion
  • Sex
  • Disability
  • Familial Status 

State of Washington 

  • Creed
  • Marital Status
  • Veteran/Military Status
  • Use of Service or Assistive Animal
  • Source of Income 

King County

  • Age
  • Ancestry

King County’s 2019 Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice, adopted by the City of Auburn, recommends the following Fair Housing Goals:

  1. Invest in programs that provide education and enforcement of fair housing laws.
  2. Engage underrepresented communities in ongoing efforts to understand barriers and increase access to opportunity.
  3. Provide more housing for vulnerable populations.
  4. Provide more housing choices for households with large families.
  5. Support efforts to increase housing stability.
  6. Preserve and increase affordable housing in communities at high risk of displacement.
  7. Review zoning laws to increase density in urban areas.
  8. Work with communities to engage in community revitalization efforts.
  9. Support the Affordable Housing Committee’s efforts to promote fair housing.
  10. Report annually on Fair Housing goals and progress.
The full Analysis can be viewed from the top of this page.