Housing & Block Grant Programs

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING AND 5-DAY COMMENT PERIOD
Substantial Amendment to Fiscal Year 2020-2021 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Action Plan to Include Allocation of CARES Act Funding

The City of Springfield has been allocated $ 327,639 in Community Development Block Grant coronavirus (CDBG-CV) funds to be used to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19).  This allocation was authorized by the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), and is included as a substantial amendment to Springfield’s Fiscal Year 2020-2021 CDBG One Year Action Plan.

The City of Springfield’s proposal for the use of CDBG-CV funds is currently available for review. A 5-day public comment period on the proposed allocation of funds is currently open and will close on June 24, 2020.

On Wednesday, June 24, 2020, from 5:30 – 6:30pm, the Springfield Community Development Advisory Committee (CDAC) will meet and hold a public hearing on the use of CDBG-CV funds. The CDAC will consider all written comments and oral testimony during the public hearing regarding the use of funds, and will make a recommendation to the Springfield City Council for allocation of CDBG-CV funds.

The CDAC meeting will be held via phone and internet using GoToMeeting, due to State-wide orders regarding social distancing and large gatherings. Members of the public wishing to attend this meeting electronically can call in or attend virtually by following the directions:

From your computer, tablet or smartphone.
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/411710397

To dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (872) 240-3311
Access Code:  411-710-397

For those unable to attend the meeting virtually, Springfield City Hall will be open to allow people to attend the meeting in person. Doors at the South Entrance to Springfield City Hall will be open at 5:15 pm.

Written comments may be submitted to Erin Fifield via email at efifield@springfield-or.gov.

HUD Funds

The City of Springfield uses Federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) funds from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to assist with affordable housing development, housing-related services, neighborhood revitalization, public improvements, and downtown redevelopment activities.  The primary purpose of the CDBG and HOME programs is to benefit low- and moderate-income persons. Springfield’s CDBG program is planned and conducted so that each project or activity meets at least one of the three national CDBG program objectives: benefits low- and moderate income persons; prevents or eliminates slums and blight; and meets an urgent need posing a serious and immediate threat to the health or welfare of the community where other financial resources are not available. Springfield invests CDBG funds in the areas of children and youth, disabled and elderly, at-risk populations, support to social services, job creation, and housing assistance. The Eugene-Springfield HOME Consortium program is planned and conducted so that each project or activity provides decent, safe, and affordable housing for low-income and special needs populations.

Consolidated Plan

The Eugene-Springfield Consolidated Plan is a document that Eugene and Springfield must submit to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development to be eligible to receive federal housing and community development funds like CDBG and HOME.  This five-year strategic plan helps the Cities select the projects and activities they supports with HUD funds. The Springfield CDBG One Year Action Plan identifies how the City will allocate CDBG funds to address community development and affordable housing needs to benefit low-income persons in the community. For comprehensive information regarding the Consolidated Plan, please visit the joint Consolidated Plan page on the City of Eugene’s website.

Contact Us:

For questions regarding Springfield’s Housing Programs:
Penny Olsen, Housing Programs Assistant
541-736-1039
polsen@springfield-or.gov

For questions regarding Springfield’s CDBG program:
Erin Fifield, Community Development Analyst
541-726-2302
efifield@springfield-or.gov

Additional Resources

Interested in Springfield’s affordable housing strategy, and in particular small, affordable accessory dwelling units (ADUs)? Click here to learn more or download the Housing Strategy Handout.

HUD Equal Housing Opportunity

The City of Springfield does not discriminate against any individual on the basis of age, race, sex, color, marital status, familial status, national origin, religion or disability.