2010 – 2014 Five Year Consolidated Plan
Each year, the County of Lexington receives approximately $1.5 million in federal funds from the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program and approximately $650,000 under the Home Investment Partnerships (HOME) Program. In order to receive these funds, the County must submit a five-year Consolidated Plan and Annual Action Plan updates to HUD. The five-year plan provides the opportunity to shape housing and community development strategies and creates an opportunity for strategic planning and citizen participation. The Consolidated Plan describes the County’s efforts to provide its citizens with decent, safe and affordable housing, a suitable living environment, and expanded economic opportunities. The priorities and objectives of the plan are derived from a variety of sources, including solicited input from the citizens of the County. Annual Action Plan updates provide specific activities to be funded for each year and the amount of funding for each activity. The County’s current five-year Consolidated Plan expires June 30, 2010. To review the current plan, click on the link below: 2010-2014 Five-Year Consolidated Plan
How are CDBG and HOME funds being used in Lexington County?
The County began receiving CDBG Program funds in 2000. The CDBG Program has a wide range of eligible activities that gives local governments the flexibility to meet their community’s needs. Some examples of eligible activities include, but are not limited to, infrastructure projects, provision of neighborhood facilities, code enforcement, acquisition of real property, and housing rehabilitation. Recent Lexington County CDBG Projects have included public facilities improvements, streetscape, public safety, and public service projects.
The County began receiving HOME Program funds on July 1, 2008. The HOME Program provides funds for projects that primarily assist low-and moderate-income persons in down payment and closing cost assistance, acquisition of property for affordable housing, major rehabilitation of owner-occupied homes, and other activities to create affordable housing. Some recent HOME projects include the Homeownership Assistance Program, home rehabilitation, and housing counseling and education programs.