Kings County Community Development Block Grant ProgramProgram Description
The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program was established by the federal Housing and Community Development Act of 1974. The California program is administered by the Department of Housing and Community Development.
The primary objective of the CDBG program is the development of viable urban communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment and by expanding economic opportunities, principally for persons of low and moderate income. "Persons of low and moderate income" are defined as families, households, and individuals whose incomes do not exceed 80 percent of the county median income, with adjustments for family or household size.
Each year the State of California makes funds available to eligible cities and counties through several allocations: General and Native American, Economic Development, Planning and Technical Assistance, and Colonias. The funds are awarded to jurisdictions on a competitive basis. Successful applicants enter into contracts with the State to complete the specified activities with the grant funds.
Each year Kings County may apply under both the General Allocation and Economic Development components of the CDBG program.
Potential projects under General Allocation include housing acquisition, housing rehabilitation, new construction, public works and community facilities. Potential projects under Economic Development include business loans, infrastructure grants, micro enterprise assistance, and other types of loans and grants for businesses. Projects funded with CDBG allocations must carry out at least one of three National Objectives as follows: benefit to low to moderate income persons, elimination of slums and blight, or meeting urgent community development needs
Kings County Programs
Kings County offers housing rehabilitation assistance to home owners who qualify. A home owner may receive help when their home has health and safety problems such as a leaky roof or poor electrical wiring. The County will loan the home owner financing to bring the home up to code and the program can provide new carpet, paint and other fixtures. The loan can be deferred until the home owner sells the home or is able to begin payments or loans are made at a low interest rate, approximately 3%. The County will have a lien on the property until repayment is made in full. The Kings County Housing Rehabilitation Program Guidelines are available to provide additional information concerning the program. The program for Rehabilitation of Owner Occupied Housing in Kings County is administered by Self-Help Enterprises and information can be received by calling Rudy Quintana at 802-1664 or you can also receive information by calling Chuck Kinney with the Kings County Community Development Agency at 852-2674.
Kings County also participates in a first time home buyers program. Essentially, the County will loan a qualified first time home buyer gap financing to help a person qualify for home purchase. The loan is in the second position and is deferred for the life of the first loan or until the home owner sells the house. The Kings County First Time Home Buyer Program Guidelines are available to provide additional information concerning the program. This program is available in all of the unincorporated areas in Kings County and is administered by Self-Help Enterprises. Information about this program can be obtained by calling Melissa Looney at 802-1649 or you can also receive information by calling Chuck Kinney with the Kings County Community Development Agency at 852-2674.