Wausau Wisconsin

Community Development

March 28, 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 Past 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 2016 Entitlement allocation from HUD was $557,487. The estimated funding for 2017 is uncertain at this time. Congressional appropriations action will determine any increase or decrease from the program's past funding levels. 

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.

Community Development Block Grant Proposed Process and Tentative Timetable:

 

9/8/16 4:30p.m.Birch Room City Hall

Community Development Department Information Session - General

9/12/16 2:00p.m.Birch Room City Hall Community Development Department Information Session - General
9/29/16 4:30p.m. Board Room City Hall Public Hearing
10/5/16 4:30p.m. Board Room City Hall Public Hearing
11/2/16 4:30p.m. Board Room City Hall

Citizen's Advisory Working Session -Develop 2017 Program

   
February/March, 2017 Tentative Finance Approval
February/March, 2017 Tentative Council Approval
TBD Plan due to HUD


Applications should be returned to Community Development Department, 407 Grant Street, Wausau, WI  54403.

 Forms:

Application: PDF 
Public Hearing Summary Page: PDF 

Please contact Community Development at 715-261-6680 with any questions or for technical support.

 

 
2016 APPROVED BLOCK GRANT FUNDS
CITY OF WAUSAU
 
 
1.        ADMINISTRATION
           General management & coordination.  $111,497
 
 
2.        HOMEOWNER REHABILITATION/CODE ENFORCEMENT
           Low-interest deferred loans to homeowners for necessary home improvements.  $150,000
 
 
3.        BROWNFIELD REVOLVING LOAN
           Funds available for other environmental remediation activities.  $27,900
 
 
4.       ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
          Job creation for low and moderate income persons.  $35,000
 
 
5.        PUBLIC SERVICE - BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS
           Mentoring program for youths.  $8,000
 
                   
6.      PUBLIC FACILITIES – STREET RECONSTRUCTION
         Installation of curb, gutter, and street paving for an income qualifying neighborhood  
         $125,000         
 
 
7.        PUBLIC FACILITIES – NEIGHBORHOOD REVITALIZATION
           To revitalize neighborhoods.  $30,000
 
 
8.        PUBLIC SERVICE – CATHOLIC CHARITIES – WARMING CENTER
           Provide a safe, clean place to decrease the number of homeless individuals sleeping outside
          $5,000
 
 
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.  $10,000
 
 
11.      PUBLIC SERVICE – CHILDREN’S SERVICE SOCIETY OF WI
           Long term family educational services.  $20,000
 
 
12.      PUBLIC SERVICE – SALVATION ARMY - TRANS. LIVING CENTER
           Provide a homeless Shelter.  $15,000
                     
                     TOTAL     $557,487