The City of Cuyahoga Falls’ Community Development Block Grant program is funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
Since 2004, Cuyahoga Falls has received an annual allocation of funds from the federal government to address the housing and economic development needs of our local community. All proposed activities must meet one of the following three national objectives:
- Benefiting low to moderate income persons;
- Preventing or eliminating blight; or
- Meeting an urgent need that poses a serious and immediate threat to the health or welfare of the community.
The city is able to utilize to these funds to provide important services to the community such as senior snow, fair housing, home rehabilitation loans, and economic development.
The Senior Snow Program provides complimentary snow plow service for qualifying adult seniors and disabled residents. Learn more about Senior Snow here.
Recipients of CDBG funds, like Cuyahoga Falls, must affirmatively further fair housing by working to eliminate housing discrimination, promote economic opportunity, and achieve diverse, inclusive communities.
The Fair Housing Act protects people from discrimination when they are renting, buying, or securing financing for any housing. The prohibitions specifically cover discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability and familial status.
If you believe that your fair housing rights may have been violated, or for more information about local fair housing resources, please contact the Fair Housing Advocates Association at (330) 253-2450.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development defines NIMBYism (NIMBY stands for Not In My Back Yard) as “a mentality adopted by those who reject certain changes to their communities.”
The NIMBY mentality is dangerous to communities, as it represents a refusal to compromise, a refusal to recognize personal property rights, and/or consideration of alternatives all which can stifle growth and development.
Often, NIMBYism is reflective of residents’ fears of the “worst case scenario” effects of proposed development or falsehoods which are circulating amongst those who oppose the project.
It is the goal of the City of Cuyahoga Falls to combat NIMBYism by providing residents with information and public forums to discuss changes in the city. The goal is that this be met with cooperation and understanding rather than opposition and misinformation.
Housing Rehabilitation Loans
The city offers 0% interest loans for qualifying individuals to make improvement on their homes, and therefore keeping up the housing stock in our precious neighborhoods. Learn more about the Housing Rehabilitation Loan program here.
The Consolidated Plan
The City of Cuyahoga Falls files a Consolidated Plan with the Department of Housing and Urban Development every 5 years. The Consolidated Plan is designed to help local jurisdictions to assess their affordable housing and community development needs and market conditions, and to make data-driven, place-based investment decisions. The consolidated planning process serves as the framework for a community-wide dialogue to identify housing and community development priorities that align and focus funding from the Community Development block grant program.
The Consolidated Plan is carried out through Annual Action Plans, which provide a concise summary of the actions, activities, and the specific federal and non-federal resources that will be used each year to address the priority needs and specific goals identified by the Consolidated Plan.
In preparation for possible urgent need related to the COVID 19 Pandemic, the City of Cuyahoga Falls has completed a substantial amendment to the 2020 Annual Action Plan portion of the Consolidated Plan.
Additions to the plan were made in the following areas:
- AP38 Project Summary Information (page 16-17) - 2. Project Name - Public Services, Planned Activities.
- Other CDBG Requirements (page 37) - 1. Amount of Urgent Need Activities.
The Amended 2020 Annual Action Plan may be viewed here.
The participation of our citizens is integral to the planning, development and administration of the CDBG program. Citizens are encouraged to participate in the development of the 5-year Consolidated Plan and any substantial amendment to the plan. Citizens may participate by commenting on the plan or on substantial amendments, during publicized virtual or in person public hearing periods. Information on Public Participation may be viewed here.
For more information on these or any other Community Development Block Grant programs, please contact the CDBG/Entitlement Administrator at (330) 971-8135.