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Dane County Community Development Block Grant

From the Housing Access and Affordability Division of Human Services

Dane County
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program
HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) Program
NOTICE OF FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT AND NOTICE OF INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS

March 12, 2024


County of Dane
Department of Human Services - Division of Housing Access & Affordability
210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Room 421
Madison, WI 53703

608.949.4975


These notices shall satisfy two separate but related procedural requirements for activities to be undertaken by the County of Dane.
REQUEST FOR RELEASE OF FUNDS
On or about March 28, 2024, the County of Dane will submit a request to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the release of Home Investment Partnerships (HOME) funds under the HOME Investment Partnerships Act at title II of the Cranston-Gonzalez National Affordable Housing Act, as amended, 24 U.S.C. 12701 et seq. to undertake a project known as the Main Street Townhomes - Northpointe Development II Corporation to assist in the construction of 24 units of affordable rental housing, 3 of which will be HOME-assisted, using funds originating with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The amount of HOME funds to be invested is estimated at $200,000. The project is located at 249 N. Main Street, Oregon, WI 53575.
FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT
The County of Dane has determined that the project will have no significant impact on the human environment. Therefore, an Environmental Impact Statement under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) is not required. Additional project information is contained in the Environmental Review Record (ERR) on file at the Dane County Department of Human Services - Division of Housing Access & Affordability office located at 210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Room 421, Madison, WI 53703 and may be examined or copied weekdays 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.
The Environmental Review Record may be viewed electronically during the duration of the public comment period at: https://cpd.hud.gov/cpd-public/environmental-reviews
PUBLIC COMMENTS
Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments on the ERR to the Dane County Department of Human Services - Division of Housing Access & Affordability office. All
comments received by March 27, 2024 will be considered by the County of Dane prior to authorizing submission of a request for release of funds. Comments should specify which Notice they are addressing.
ENVIRONMENTAL CERTIFICATION
The County of Dane certifies to HUD that Joanna Cervantes in her capacity as HAA Human Services Manager consents to accept the jurisdiction of the Federal Courts if an action is brought to enforce responsibilities in relation to the environmental review process and that these responsibilities have been satisfied. HUD's approval of the certification satisfies its responsibilities under NEPA and related laws and authorities, and allows the County of Dane to use Program funds.
OBJECTIONS TO RELEASE OF FUNDS
HUD will accept objections to its release of funds and the County of Dane certification for a period of fifteen days following the anticipated submission date or its actual receipt of the request (whichever is later) only if they are on one of the following bases: (a) the certification was not executed by the Certifying Officer of the County of Dane; (b) the County of Dane has omitted a step or failed to make a decision or finding required by HUD regulations at 24 CFR Part 58; (c) the grant recipient or other participants in the development process have committed funds, incurred costs or undertaken activities not authorized by 24 CFR Part 58 before approval of a release of funds by HUD; or (d) another Federal agency acting pursuant to 40 CFR Part 1504 has submitted a written finding that the project is unsatisfactory from the standpoint of environmental quality. Objections must be prepared and submitted in accordance with the required procedures (24 CFR Part 58, Sec. 58.76) and shall be addressed to the HUD Milwaukee Field Office at MKE-ENV@hud.gov. Potential objectors should contact the HUD Milwaukee Field Office to verify the actual last day of the objection period.
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Joanna Cervantes, HAA Human Services Manager
County of Dane

CDBG & HOME Programs

City County Building

Welcome!

Dane County receives annual funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under two programs:

  • Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
  • Home Investment Partnership Program (HOME)

These programs allow Dane County to provide financial assistance to sub-recipients (businesses, organizations, agencies, and municipalities) for housing and community development activities that benefit primarily low- and moderate-income residents of the County. Funds are distributed as grants to sub-recipients through an annual competitive application process. The County’s CDBG-Revolving Loan Funds (RLFs) provide gap financing to businesses that create jobs for low- and moderate-income persons.

Announcements

NEW! Micro-Business Loan (MBL) Program

Dane County's MBL program provides loans to eligible small businesses located in Dane County for the purpose of establishing a new business or creating jobs for low- and moderate-income (LMI) County residents.


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2025 CDBG/HOME & HOME-ARP Workshops

Registration is open for the 2025 CDBG/HOME & HOME-RFP pre-application workshops.  The workshops will provide information on the upcoming Request for Proposals (RFP) and application cycle for the CDBG/HOME and HOME-ARP program funds, as well as general information on eligibility requirements, expected outcomes, and other project-specific considerations


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Business Loan Program

Applications for our Business Loan funds are accepted on a rolling basis. Please visit the Revolving Loan Fund page for more details.

 

 


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Grant Programs

CDBG:

Dane County CDBG and HOMECDBG is authorized by the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974. CDBG is one of HUD's programs which provides eligible metropolitan cities and urban counties (called "entitlement communities") with annual direct grants that they can use to provide decent housing, suitable living environments, and expanded economic opportunities, principally for low and moderate income persons. Dane County became an entitlement community in 1999 and annually receives approximately $1 million in CDBG funds.

HOME:

Dane County CDBG and HOMEHOME is authorized under Title II of the Crantson-Gonzales National Affordable Housing Act of 1990. HOME provides grant and loan funding to create affordable housing for low-income individuals. HOME activities undertaken must accomplish at least one of two goals for low-income individuals; 1) provide decent housing and/or 2) provide suitable living environments. Dane County is required to set aside a minimum of 15% of its HOME funds for CHDOs. A Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) is a certified, non-profit, community based service consortium that has, or intends to retain staff for the purpose of developing affordable housing in the community it serves. Dane County has been allocated HOME funding since 2002 and annual receives approximately $400,000 in HOME funds.

Loan Programs

CDBG Revolving Loan Fund: Dane County offers low-interest loans to businesses and organizations located outside of Madison that commit to creating or retaining jobs for low- and moderate- income residents of Dane County. CDBG loans are generally intended for high-risk borrowers that have difficulty securing financing from non-federal sources. Loans must be used for eligible CDBG activities, including (but not limited to): fixed assets; machinery and equipment; and working capital.

About the Programs

The CDBG and HOME programs are housed in the Housing Access and Affordability Office of the Dane County Department of Human Services. The Office works through community-based groups on projects to strengthen communities and to expand opportunities for low- and moderate-income households throughout Dane County (outside of Madison). The Office invests in community-based groups that forward the priorities to:

  • Create decent, affordable housing
  • Create suitable living environments
  • Expand economic opportunities

The 13-member Dane County Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Commission provides oversight for the CDBG and HOME programs. The Commission is charged with addressing policy issues related to housing and community development and with recommending eligible projects, activities, and contracts to the County Board of Supervisors and County Executive.

To receive its annual entitlement grants, Dane County must develop and submit to HUD its Consolidated Plan which guides the County in describing the housing and community development needs, resources, priorities, and proposed activities over a 5-year span. The Consolidated Plan must be developed with extensive citizen participation as outlined in the Citizen Participation Plan. The Citizen Participation Plan provides for and encourages public participation, emphasizing involvement by low- and moderate-income people. Dane County also encourages participation of minorities, people who do not speak English, and people with disabilities.

Dane County CDBG/HOME funds must be used to benefit persons living in Dane County outside the City of Madison. Applicants with funding requests for projects in the City of Madison should contact the City of Madison CDBG Office or visit the Madison CDBG webpage for more information.

A list of the communities that participate in the Urban County Consortium can be found here.