2019 Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Cobb Community Needs Assessment
The purpose of this report is to ensure that the recent Community Needs Assessment issued to Cobb County CDBG Program Office by Kennesaw State University is compliant with all CSBG/ROMA requirements and provides the entity with adequate information to build a strong Strategic Plan.
The County’s Five-Year Consolidated Plan identifies the community’s affordable housing, community development and economic development needs and outlines a comprehensive and coordinated strategy for addressing them. This document includes narrative responses to specific questions that grantees must respond to in order to be compliant with the Consolidated Planning Regulations.
Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (AI)
Each year, HUD requires Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) entitlement grantees to submit a certification that they will affirmatively further fair housing and that their grants will be administered in compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 and the Fair Housing Act as amended in 1988. Cobb County will meet this obligation by performing an Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (AI). The AI assesses current fair housing initiatives, and identifies the impediments to fair housing choice in the county and describes actions the county will take to overcome them.
Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER)
The CAPER describes and evaluates how Cobb County invested formula funds from HUD to meet affordable housing and community development needs. This annual report also provides a general assessment of the County’s progress in addressing the priorities and objectives contained in its Five-Year Consolidated Plan.
Annual Action Plan
As a recipient of federal grant funds, Cobb County is required by HUD to produce an Annual Action Plan every year. This document serve as the application for funding for the following federal entitlement programs that serve low and moderate-income individuals and/or families:
- Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
- HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME)
- Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG)
Cobb County’s Annual Action Plan identifies projects in which these funds will be utilized to carry out previously identified priorities and goals that were established in the County’s Consolidated Plan.
Citizen Participation Plan
The Consolidated Plan regulations require U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) local government grantees to adopt a Citizen Participation Plan. This Plan reflects Cobb County's compliance with the HUD requirements for citizen participation in all appropriate HUD grant programs. This Plan contains the required elements listed in the Consolidated Plan regulations at 24 CFR 91.105(b).
Language Access Plan
The Language Access Plan analyzes the location and needs of Cobb County’s LEP population through the Four-Factor Analysis of Census data. The Plan establishes guidelines in accordance with Executive Order 13166, Improving Access to Services for Persons with Limited English Proficiency, 65 Fed. Reg. 50,121 (Aug. 16, 2000). The Plan will also describe how the Cobb County CDBG Program Office, and its Subrecipients, will provide Meaningful Access to programs, eliminate or reduce LEP as a barrier to programs and services offered in Cobb County.
Section 3 Policy
Section 3 is a provision of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968, which recognizes that HUD funds are typically one of the largest sources of federal funding expended in communities through the form of grants, loans, entitlement allocations and other forms of financial assistance. This provision was updated in 1992 under 24 CFR Part 135. The final rule was published on September 28, 2020 and went into effect on November 30, 2020, which is outlined under 24 CFR Part 75. The changes in the final rule improve the effectiveness of Section 3, streamline some processes that have not yielded significant benefits, and encourage HUD grantees to focus on sustained employment for low- and very low-income individuals.