The HOME Consortium Consolidated Plan
As a member of the Brevard County HOME Consortium, Melbourne shares responsibility for developing the Consortium’s 2011-2016 Consolidated Plan with the other four jurisdictions that comprise the Consortium - Cocoa, Palm Bay, Titusville and Brevard County. The Consortium is required to identify countywide housing, homeless and related service needs and gaps, set priorities for addressing these needs and establish objectives to be achieved using funding to be provided by HUD during the five-year period of the Consortium’s Consolidated Plan. However, as a CDBG entitlement city, Melbourne is also required to prepare a five-year Non-Housing Community Development Strategic Plan (pursuant to 24 CFR Part 91.215 and 91.415) to guide the use of its CDBG funds to meet the non-housing needs of low and moderate income persons and neighborhoods.
2014-2015 City Council Approved Action Plan
Each year, Housing and Community Development staff members prepare an Annual Action Plan for consideration and approval by City Council. The goal of the plan is to meet the needs identified in the five-year Consolidated Plan. Proposals are solicited by the City for suitable projects and public services which meet identified needs. The Annual Action Plan describes the specific projects that will be funded in the upcoming fiscal year with the City's annual federal and state funding allocations.
The Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER)
At the close of each program year, the City uses its CAPER to inform the public on how CDBG funds have been expended, and to describe the purpose and extent to which the programs have been delivered.
Fair Housing Planning and Analysis of Impediments
The Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended, is the dominant statute for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. It requires that each federal grantee certify to HUD's satisfaction that (1) the awarded grant will be carried out and administered according to the Fair Housing Act, and (2) the grantee will work diligently to affirmatively further fair housing. HUD encourages jurisdictions to consult with one another and initiate metropolitan wide area fair housing planning. Analysis of Impediments (AI) is a review of impediments or barriers that affect the rights of fair housing choice. It covers public and private policies, practices, and procedures affecting housing choice.
Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG)