Community Development Block Grant emergency funds
Cumberland County will receive $920,165 as part of the first wave of additional CDBG funds designated through the CARES Act. These funds are distributed based on the same formula that HUD uses when providing the County with our annual allocation. As such, the Town of Bridgton and the City of South Portland will receive a formula set-aside of these funds in the amount of $117,695 and $261,545 respectively.
The CDBG funds provided through the CARES Act are specifically designated for the prevention of, preparation for, and response to the coronavirus. All activities funded under the CDBG-CV funds need to comply with the standard CDBG regulations of serving low to moderate income individual in addition to the CDBG-CV requirements.
At a meeting on April 22, the MOC voted to approve two waivers to the usual process for administering funds, in order to get resources into the communities as quickly as possible. The first one allows the release of one application for the entire county, with a set-aside for Bridgton and South Portland built into the application. The applications will then be reviewed by the CDBG-CV Review Team made up of representatives from Bridgton, South Portland, and the Municipal Oversight Committee. The recommendations from the CDBG-CV Review Team will go directly to the County Commissioners for approval before submission to HUD.
The second waiver will allow non-profit organizations to apply for the CDBG-CV funds directly, as oppose to the traditional process of getting Town/City/County approval before applying. This waiver is being requested for two reasons; the shortened application window will not provide adequate time for the traditional Town/City/County
approval method; and, the County would like to encourage more County wide approaches to the prevention of, preparation for, and response to the coronavirus.
The goal of abbreviating the traditional CDBG allocation process is to cut several months off of the timeline while still providing a cohesive approach to addressing the impacts of the Coronavirus on our communities. The faster we can submit our Action Plan to HUD, the better chance we have of preventing a family from becoming homeless, a business from bankruptcy, and our safety-net providers from becoming overwhelmed.