City of Binghamton, New York

Community Development

Overview

Each year, the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) allocates critical funding to the City for community development activities. Funds are used to assist with home repairs and homeownership, demolish blight and enforce code, improve infrastructure, and fund the delivery of community services to our more vulnerable populations. In order to receive federal funding, the City is required to prepare a five year Consolidated Plan to prioritize the needs of the community and establish goals to address these needs, and an Annual Action Plan that details how entitlement funds will be used to meet the goals each year.

The three programs supported by these entitlement funds are as follows:

  • Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) – The CDBG program addresses a variety of community development needs that must meet one of three national objectives: benefit low/moderate income persons; eliminate/prevent slum and blight; address an urgent need that poses a threat to the health/welfare of the community.

  • Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) - In 2009, President Obama authorized the Hearth Act which transitioned the focus of the ESG Program to preventing persons from entering the cycle of homelessness and rapidly re-housing homeless persons into permanent housing situations.  Eligible components of ESG include street outreach, emergency shelter, homeless prevention, rapid re-housing, data collection via the HUD mandated Homeless Management Information System, and administrative activities.

  • HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME) - The HOME Program is designed exclusively to create affordable housing for income eligible persons. 

Entitlement Allocations

The allocations provided to the City coincide with the fiscal operating year of September 1st through August 31st.  Click here to learn more about entitlement allocations for this year's planning process.

Let Your Voice Be Heard

During January through July, the City facilitates an extensive planning process to gauge community development needs and priorities that can be addressed with entitlement funds allocated for the upcoming fiscal year. An important component to the planning process is effectively aligning entitlement resources based upon the feedback from residents and community stakeholders.

Here are a few ways that you can participate in the planning process:

  • Community Development Advisory Committee – This 11 member committee represents the City’s official citizen participation body. The committee meets regularly throughout the planning process to discuss resident concerns and provides funding/programmatic recommendations to City Administration and City Council.

    Click here to find out who your CDAC representative is.

  • Public Hearings – Two public hearings are held during the planning process to solicit community input. The first hearing is typically held in March and provides residents/community stakeholders with the opportunity to express concerns and suggestions for improving their neighborhood/community prior to the publication of the draft Annual Action Plan. The second hearing is typically held in May during the 30 day comment period upon the publication of the draft Action Plan. The second hearing provides residents/community stakeholders with the opportunity to react to goals and projects proposed in the draft Annual Action Plan.

    Public hearings are scheduled in coordination with the City Clerk.  Click here to learn more about upcoming meetings.

  • Public Comment Period – The City provides residents/community stakeholders with a 30 day period to review and submit comments regarding proposed goals, prioritized projects and programming, and use of entitlement funds as identified in the draft Annual Action Plan. Comments must be submitted in writing to the Director of Planning, Housing and Community Development. Per HUD regulations, it is at the City’s discretion to approve or reject further consideration of written comments.

    Public comments and City responses are incorporated in the City's Annual Action Plan.

How Are Entitlement Funds Benefiting Our Community?

At the end of November, the City submits an end of year report to HUD which details how entitlement funds were used to address community needs during the fiscal year.  This report is referred to as the CAPER which stands for Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report.  This report is a useful resource to the community in understanding program accomplishments and benefits derived from entitlement funding.

Click here to visit the CAPER reports page.

Staying Current

Planning on how to expend money a year from now can be challenging.  There are many unforeseen factors that sometimes require a change in priorities.  The City has developed a Citizen Participation Plan that outlines criteria of a "substantial" change in the use of entitlement funds.

Click here to review currently published substantial amendments.