Community Development Grants Programs
CITY OF SAN BUENAVENTURA - HUD GRANTS
Ventura's Community Development and Affordable Housing Grant Programs
Ventura receives federal funds each year through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for funding activities and programs that achieve the following:
- Provide decent housing
- Establish and maintain a suitable living environment
- Expand economic development opportunities
HUD funding is provided through two grant programs: the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and the Home Investment Partnerships (HOME) programs. The CDBG and HOME funds collectively provide funding for various community programs including the Business Assistance Micro-Loan Program, Affordable Housing Development, the city's Capital Improvement Plan Program (such as street improvement projects and ADA improvements), Small Business Technical Assistance, and other affordable housing and community development activities.
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program
Authorized under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, the CDBG program is administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which provides funding to municipalities for the purpose of developing viable urban communities. These activities and programs are primarily aimed at benefiting the city's low- to moderate-income households.
Home Investment Partnerships (HOME) Program
HOME was created by the National Affordable Housing Act of 1990 (NAHA) and is also administered by HUD. The intent of HOME is to:
- Provide decent affordable housing to lower-income households
- Expand the capacity of nonprofit housing providers
- Strengthen the ability of state and local governments to provide housing
- Leverage private sector participation
Five-Year Consolidated Plan & Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Area Plan
The Consolidated Plan identifies the priority community development needs for the city, including housing, neighborhood development, infrastructure improvements, anti-poverty strategies, and human services. The priority needs are then ranked as High, Medium or Low priorities.
The 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan, adopted by City Council on May 11, 2015, identifies the strategies for addressing the priority community needs for the five years ending June 2019.
Additionally, HUD approved the City's Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Area (NRSA) Plan, addressing the needs of the Westside under NRSA goals and guidelines. Click here to review the NRSA Recertification Plan.
Annual Action Plan - CDBG & HOME
Every year, the city prepares an Annual Action and Funding Plan, which details the projects and programs to be undertaken with the city's federal entitlement funds in achieving the goals identified in the Five-Year Consolidated Plan. The Action Plan also outlines the goals and proposed outcomes for funded projects.
The 2016-2017 Annual Action and Funding Plan is the second Action Plan under the City's 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan and was approved by Council on May 9, 2016.
The 2015-2016 Annual Action and Funding Plan is the first Action Plan under the City's 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan and was approved by Council on May 11, 2015.
Consolidated Annual Performance & Evaluation Report (CAPER)
The CAPER is a summary of the progress toward meeting the goals and objectives that were outlined in the Consolidated Plan and its Annual Action for that reporting period. The 2015-2016 CAPER is the first performance and evaluation report submitted to HUD under the City's 2015-2016 Consolidated Plan.
This report details the expenditures made in the City’s Community Development Block Grant and HOME Investment Partnership (HOME) programs during the fiscal year ended June 30, 2015.
A review of accomplishments achieved with federally-funded community development and housing grants.
FAIR HOUSING – IT IS A RIGHT!
What is “Fair Housing”? Fair housing is a right protected by Federal and State laws. Each resident is entitled to equal access to housing opportunities regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, familial status, marital status, age, ancestry, sexual orientation, source of income, or any other arbitrary reason.
Signs of housing discrimination include:
- The rent or deposit quoted is higher than advertised
- The manager says the unit is rented but the ad or sign is still posted
- The manager says “You probably won’t like it here,” “We’ve rented out the family units,” or “There is no place for your children to play”
- A real estate agent keeps “steering” you to look for houses in neighborhoods different than the ones you desire and think you can afford
- The manager denies your request to make minor modifications to your unit to accommodate your disability.
TEST YOUR FAIR HOUSING KNOWLEDGE: Take the Fair Housing Test to see if you know what “Fair Housing” really is.
FAIR HOUSING SERVICES – DO YOU HAVE A FAIR HOUSING QUESTION OR CONCERN?
Housing Rights Center (HRC)
HRC is a private, non-profit organization that is contracted with the City of Ventura and other cities across Ventura County to provide Fair Housing Services. HRC’s mission is to actively support and promote fair housing through education, advocacy, and litigation to the end that all persons have the opportunity to secure the housing they desire and can afford, without regard to personal characteristics protected by law. Services include free landlord/ tenant counseling, housing discrimination investigation, education on fair housing laws, as well as predatory lending information and referrals. For assistance with the housing discrimination concerns in the City of Ventura, click on the link above, or call 1-800-477-5977.
HUD Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO)
The mission of the Office of FHEO is to create equal housing opportunities for all persons living in America by administering laws that prohibit discrimination in housing on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, and familial status. Click on the link above for more information.
Affordable Housing Programs
The City of Ventura provides funding for various programs related to affordable housing, including a rental and ownership affordable housing program, housing preservation loans, mobile home rehabilitation grants, and fair housing services. The Housing Authority of the City of San Buenaventura, an agency separate from the City of Ventura, administers all of the city's affordable housing programs.
For information regarding the city's Affordable Housing programs, please visit the Housing Authority's website or contact them directly at:
Housing Authority of the City of San Buenaventura
995 Riverside Street
Ventura, CA 93001