Total Stimulus Appropriation (Nationwide): $980,000,000
Statewide Appropriation: $26.74 million
New Jersey Small Cities / CDBG Program Appropriation: $1.945 million for state programs
Allocation Method: New Jersey receives its portion based on a federal formula
Federal Agency: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
A: The stimulus funding will provide needed funding that will help address deterioration and blighted areas in the State and create or sustain jobs.
Q: How much of this funding will be dedicated to the New Jersey Small Cities’ CDBG program?A: It is expected to provide approximately $26.74 million for Community Development in New Jersey statewide. Approximately $1.945 million of this funding is dedicated to the State’s Small Cities CDBG Program.
Q: What is the distribution in funding for the State program?
A: The distribution of funding was determined by the US HUD formula established by federal regulations. Larger cities, usually a city with more than a 50,000 population and counties with urban county designation, receive grants directly from US HUD. The NJ Small Cities Program, administered by the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, will award funding by competitive application process to those towns that do not receive grants directly from US HUD. The Small Cities Program may distribute funding among the funding categories based on demand for assistance and demonstrated by the number of applications received.
Q: How are projects selected for funding?
A: Projects will be selected using the criteria established in the final plan from a list of pending applications already received by the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs. This decision was made so that funds could be awarded as quickly as possible in order to achieve the overall goals of the Recovery Act. Applications that meet the basic requirements of the program will be scored based on municipal distress, readiness to proceed, balance ratio (the remaining balance of grant awards received in a funding category over a three year period and including all open grants), and past performance.
For more information please visit the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, Small Cities CDBG Program’s website at: http: //www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/dhcr/offices/cdbg.html
Information is also available at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s website at: http: //www.hud.gov/recovery/
1 Low and moderate income is defined in the Small Cities CDBG program as the income of “lower income” families as set forth in the Section 8 Assisted Housing Program of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
2 It is the Department’s discretion to set shorter time frames for recipients and funds not obligated within proscribed time frames will be retracted and reallocated.