The Community Development Division has two primary focuses: improving the well-being of Lincoln's low- and moderate-income persons and encouraging redevelopment that benefits the community as a whole. Not surprisingly, the sources of project funding — and the strings attached — shape what we do.
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME are federal funds. The federal goal for CDBG is "… developing viable urban communities, by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment and expanded economic opportunities… for low- to moderate-income persons." HOME funds are focused on housing for low- and moderate-income households. To receive CDBG and HOME funds, the City is required to submit serveral documents to the US Housing and Urban Development Department. CD staff leads the departmental team that prepares these plans and reports:
- Strategic Plan (covering 3 to 5 years)
- Annual Action Plan
- Citizen Participation Plan
- Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER)
- Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing.
The majority of CDBG and HOME funds are used for housing-related programs administered by the Housing Rehabilitation & Real Estate Division. However, some CDBG funding, administered by CD staff, is used for projects in low- to moderate-income neighborhoods — such as park improvements and neighborhood commercial area streetscapes. In addition, Urban Development staff supports the Mayor's Neighborhood Roundtable, the Neighborhood Hotline, and provides a variety of Web resources for neighborhood associations.
Tax Increment Financing (TIF) is a local funding tool that supports redevelopment opportunity. The redevelopment process — blight studies, plans, redevelopment agreements, and implementation — requires substantial involvement by City staff. CD staff works with redevelopment efforts outside of the Downtown area. Redevelopment efforts within the Downtown area are handled by Administration Division staff.
CD staff facilitates and supports Lincoln's Homeless Coalition, a coalition of organizations that serve Lincoln's homeless and near homeless families and individuals. The coalition applies annually for funding directly from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department.