Wausau Wisconsin

Community Development

November 17, 2017

CDBG Purpose and Objectives:

The primary purpose of the Housing and Community Development Act is development of viable communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment and expanding economic opportunities principally for low and moderate income persons.  Each activity carried out with CDBG funds must meet one of the three broad National Objectives:

  • Benefit low and moderate income persons
  • Aid in the prevention or elimination of slums and blight
  • Meet other community development needs having a particular urgency because existing conditions pose a serious or immediate threat to health.

Wausau's Program:

The City of Wausau has participated in the Community Development Block Grant Program since 1976 and over that period of time funds have been invested in a variety of local activities, including economic development, public works improvements, public services and housing rehabilitation projects.  Wausau's 2017 Entitlement allocation from HUD was $557,549. The estimated funding for 2018 is uncertain at this time. Congressional appropriations action will determine any increase or decrease from the program's past funding levels.

2017 Action Plan

2016 Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) 

2015 Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER)

Eligible Activities:

A variety of activities or projects may be undertaken with CDBG funding.  Proposed activities must meet one of the three broad National Objectives listed above and also be "eligible" under Part 570, Sections 201-206 of the Federal Regulations.  Examples of eligible activities include: property acquisition, construction of public facilities, clearance and demolition activities, parking facilities, special economic development assistance, public services, commercial and housing rehabilitation, planning and program administration and redevelopment and relocation.

Ineligible Activities:

Projects that cannot be carried out using CDBG funds include: construction or rehabilitation of buildings (or portions thereof) used predominantly for the general conduct of government, general government expenses, political activities, purchase of equipment and operating and maintenance expenses in connection with public facilities.


2017 APPROVED BLOCK GRANT ALLOCATIONS

1. ADMINISTRATION
General management and coordination.
$111,500
 
2. HOMEOWNER REHABILITATION/CODE ENFORCEMENT
Low-interest deferred loans to homeowners for necessary home improvements.
$90,000
 
3. BLIGHT ELIMINATION
Funds available for acquisition, demolition and/or rehabilitation of blighted buildings.
$50.000
 
4. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Job creation for low and moderate income persons.
$93,049
 
5. PUBLIC SERVICE - BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS
Mentoring program for youth.
$9,000
 
6. PUBLIC FACILITIES – SIDEWALK RECONSTRUCTION
Rebuilding sidewalks and ADA approved curb cuts along North 7th Street.
$100,000    
 
7. PUBLIC FACILITIES – NEIGHBORHOOD REVITALIZATION
To revitalize neighborhoods.
$30,000
 
8. PUBLIC SERVICE – CATHOLIC CHARITIES – BEYOND SHELTER
Provide long-term housing for chronic homeless males.
$10,000
 
9. PUBLIC SERVICE - HAND IN HAND HOUSING
Housing assistance to familes coming from local shelters.
$20,000
 
10. PUBLIC SERVICE – CATHOLIC CHARITES - PROJECT STEP-UP
Provide financial education.
$9,000
 
11. PUBLIC SERVICE – HMONG AMERICAN CENTER
Provide youth programs to steer youth towards educational success.
$10,000
 
12. PUBLIC SERVICE – SALVATION ARMY - TRANSITIONAL LIVING CENTER
Provide a homeless shelter.
$10,000
 
13. PUBLIC SERVICE - OPEN DOOR CHALLENGE PROGRAM
Programs to assist recently released inmates in education and job readiness.
$10,000
 
14. PUBLIC SERVICE - WHEELS TO WORK
Assist families with transportation needs.
$5,000
 
  TOTAL     $557,549