About the CDBG Program
The City of Albany became a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) entitlement community in 2013, and receives an annual formula grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The purpose of the CDBG program funds is to create viable urban communities through decent housing and suitable living environments, by removing blighted conditions, and expanding economic opportunities. CDBG funds can be used to implement a wide variety of community and economic development eligible activities, to principally benefit low- and moderate-income persons.
The CDBG program provides the City with an essential funding source to financially support a variety of programs and projects including those described on this webpage. Activities funded through the CDBG program must address the priority needs, goals, objectives and strategies identified through the City’s Five-Year Consolidated Plan and Annual Action Plans.
Public Input Opportunities
Each year, the City of Albany prepares an annual Action Plan that describes how CDBG funding will be used to address priorities in the five year Consolidated Plan. Public participation is important in helping the city identify priority needs that could be supported with CDBG funding. The city is continually seeking input from residents and supportive agencies to gain an understanding of priority needs and in setting goals to be included in annual action plans.
Ways to participate and provide input:
Take the survey to provide input on next CDBG Five Year Plan
The City invites your input on the needs and priorities of Albany’s low- and moderate-income residents as it relates to decent housing, suitable living environment, and expanded economic opportunities. Albany residents and agencies are invited to complete the Albany community needs survey to help inform priorities to be included in the next CDBG Five Year Plan.
Take the survey
The City promotes fair housing and makes all programs available to low- and moderate-income families regardless of age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual preference, marital status, or disabilities.
Email or call
Community Development Department
333 Broadalbin St SW
Albany, OR 97321
CDBG funds can be used to remove blighting influences in neighborhoods and improve or provide city facilities or infrastructure in eligible low-income neighborhoods, improve accessibility for disabled persons, and acquire sites and to develop infrastructure for low-income housing development projects. To date, CDBG funds were used to remodel Sunrise Park and add parking and lighting, add infill sidewalks along 19th Avenue SE from Main to Sunrise Elementary School, add curb ramps along the Dave Clark Path, and replace a failing section of Periwinkle Path north of Queen Avenue.
Assistance for Albany residents
Low-interest deferred-payment loans up to $35,000 for housing rehabilitation are available to Low- and moderate-income Albany homeowners. DevNW staff oversees the entire project and pays contractors directly. Learn more...
FREE weatherization services and associated repairs are available to low- and moderate-income Albany homeowners from Community Services Consortium (CSC). Inspectors assess the home for energy improvements and eligibility, and work with you and your contractor to improve the livability of your home. Learn more...
What does housing discrimination look like?
View this brochure to learn more about what housing discrimination looks like (English/Spanish).
Federally-protected classes include:
Oregon-protected classes include:
source of income
including gender identity
domestic violence victims
What can I do if I think I'm facing housing discrimination?
If you think you have faced discrimination, or if you would like more information about your rights, please visit the Fair Housing Council of Oregon (FHCO) website or call the hotline, 1-800-5424-3247, ext 2.
Brochures in numerous languages are available for download and staff can respond to questions and complaints having to do with housing discrimination related to federal, state and local laws. 1-800-424-3247. Las publicaciones están disponibles en español y tienen personal que habla español a través del teléfono.
You have one year to file a complaint with the government, and two years to file a lawsuit in federal or state court.
What can I do to help my case?
- Gather as much information as you can to give to Fair Housing Council staff when you call the Fair Housing Hotline at (800) 424-3247 ext. 2.
- Write down the details of what happened, including dates, times, who was involved, as well as the names of possible witnesses.
- Keep an ongoing log of events.
- Save any written materials that relate to your case.
- HUD Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) website contains information to help you if you feel you have experienced housing discrimination.
- Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) - BOLI enforces Oregon´s civil rights laws. These laws ban discrimination against individuals because of characteristics that make them part of a protected class. Anyone claiming to have been discriminated against at work, in a place where the public is served such as a restaurant or a hotel, when buying or renting housing, or when applying for or attending a career school can file a complaint with the BOLI´s Civil Rights Division.
Assistance for agencies
The City continually seeks needs of area agencies that serve Albany’s low- and moderate income residents and residents with special needs. Agency outreach and consultations typically start over the summer and continue into the fall to assess community needs that could be supported in the next fiscal year. The City issues requests for funding in the fall for the next fiscal year. Applications are evaluated over the winter and funding recommendations to include in the next Action Plan are typically made in March, with hearings in April/May.
Before applying for funds, applicants must attend a mandatory pre-application workshop to learn more about CDBG program requirements and application materials. The workshops are usually held in late fall (October-November) of each year.
Subrecipients are required to submit a progress report on a quarterly basis that includes beneficiary demographics (from Client Certification Form) to ensure compliance with CDBG program regulations and objectives to primarily serve low- and moderate-income residents and areas. The City then reports this progress to HUD and progress on accomplishing goals and objectives in the five-year Consolidated Plan and annual Action Plan. Below are resources for subrecipients to gather data and report this information in a standardized format. In addition, the City uses a risk assessment to determine which agencies to monitor to verify accuracy of the reported information and compliance with CDBG program requirements.
Subrecipient Forms and Checklists
Minority and Women’s Business Enterprise
HUD Requirements for Grantees
Environmental Review (ER) Record
Contracting for CDBG-assisted Projects
For Small Business
Assistance for Small Businesses
Albany’s Economic Opportunity Grants — coming soon !
Does your business have 5 or fewer employees including the owners?
The City of Albany’s Economic Opportunity Grant Program provides grants up to $10,000 to eligible micro-businesses with five or fewer employees located within the City of Albany for the purpose of growing businesses and creating jobs for low-income Albany residents. These funds are intended to help small businesses in the early years. This program is funded with a federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and applicants must comply with numerous federal program requirements and laws.
Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments will be overseeing this grant program. Before applying, the business owner must have at least one meeting with an advisor through the LBCC Small Business Development Center to evaluate the business strategies and/or business plan. Reach out to them today!
Other eligibility requirements:
- be in Albany city limits,
- business is less than 5 years old,
- creates a full-time job or be a low-income business owner.
Learn more about the Economic Opportunity Grant:
Grants are now available for Albany’s small businesses adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic
The City of Albany has worked to secure $365,000 in grant funds to continue helping our small business community during COVID-19. For-profit and non-profit (limited to 501(c)(3) corporations) businesses with 25 or fewer employees may be eligible for grants between $2,500-$25,000. Preference will be given to sole proprietors and historically disadvantaged businesses owners including women. Businesses that received federal PPP or EIDL are NOT disqualified but will be limited in how much they can receive. If you wonder if you qualify, apply. Grant funds may be used for most business-related operating expenses. These funds will be administered through our trusted partner, Community Lending Works. To learn more and apply, please visit https://communitylendingworks.org/emergency-grants/
April 1, 2022 HUD Income Limits
Albany residents earning 80% or less of the median income by household size per the HUD table below are eligible for Albany’s CDBG Programs:
Plans and Reports
Plans and Reports