The City of Ashland receives approximately $207,000 a year in CDBG funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for projects benefiting low- and moderate-income residents. As a condition of receiving these federal funds, HUD requires the City to maintain a five-year “Consolidated Plan” which assesses and prioritizes the City goals for use of CDBG funds. The CDBG Consolidated Plan also contains “spending priorities” which determine the types of projects for which the funds may be used. These spending priorities must be consistent with the national objectives of the CDBG program. The City is required to update the Consolidated Plan every five years in order to continue receiving CDBG funds and to modify the plan according to changing conditions if needed. The City’s first Consolidated Plan covered 1995-1999, and was adopted in June 1995. The current plan, the 2005-2009 Consolidated Plan, was drafted in 2005, and expires on June 30, 2010.
Ashland began receiving an annual allocation of CDBG funds in 1994. Some of the projects funded by CDBG dollars over the past 16 years include; the remodel of the new Community Health Center, the acquisition of land to develop housing through the Ashland Community Land Trust and the Rogue Valley Community Development Corporation, the purchase of a site for the Interfaith Care Community of Ashland to operate a homeless resource center, emergency repairs to homes owned by low-income families through the Housing Authority of Jackson County, ADA improvements to City Buildings and street and sidewalk improvements in support of a 60 unit low-income housing development.
The Draft 2011-2014 Consolidated Plan is available for download below.