Community Development

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)

The Community Development Division provides funding to local 501(c)(3) and 509(a) non-profit agencies for the provision of public services to low and moderate-income persons in the community.  These activities are governed by the federal regulations for the Community Development Block Grant.

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds are provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in order to improve local communities by providing decent housing, improved infrastructure, public facilities and services, and improved economic opportunities. Federal law requires that these housing and community development grant funds primarily benefit low- and moderate-income persons; funds may also be used for activities that help prevent or eliminate slums or blight or for projects that meet urgent community needs.

Colorado Springs, Colo.-- The City of Colorado Springs Community Development Division is soliciting applications for 2019 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Public Facilities and Improvement funds. The Division has approximately $1 million of federal funds available for eligible public facilities and improvements projects in Colorado Springs. The minimum request amount is $100,000 and complete applications are due no later than midnight August 2.

Applicants should submit projects that meet the needs of the community and align with the division’s 2015-2019 priority needs to: 1) improve struggling neighborhoods, 2) increase and preserve affordable housing, and 3) invest in facilities and services that help prevent and end homelessness. The division will award additional points to projects that accomplish one of the following:

  • Increase Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility in public-use buildings; 
  • Increase access to services directly for low- and moderate-income people in target neighborhoods; or
  • Increase site preparedness for low income housing. 

All applicants are required to attend a pre-application workshop on:

Tuesday, June 25
9 – 11 a.m.
City Administration Bldg, Ste. 102

30 S. Nevada Avenue, 80903

This workshop will cover important information on the types of eligible projects along with rules and regulations governing the CDBG program. Attendance at this session is required for all applicants. Attendance will help project eligibility and ensure critical technical assistance about the 2019 CDBG application and program before an agency invests the time and resources necessary to apply.

Applicant information:

Non-profit and public agencies are invited to apply, provided the proposed improvements will be open to the general public and will primarily benefit low-income communities.

There is no limit to the number of applications that an agency may submit, but each project should be submitted as its own application. Applications selected for funding may receive less than the requested amount, depending on the number of applications received and the available funding. By applying, funding is not guaranteed to any agency or project.

Applicants must create a ZoomGrants profile in order to prepare and submit an application. For more information, please go to the application here or go to the Division website at www.coloradosprings.gov/community-development

Apply via ZoomGrants™

Community Development Block Grant Funding:

The primary purpose of CDBG funds is to serve low- and moderate-income residents who reside within the city limits of Colorado Springs. Public Facilities and Improvements projects aim to improve local communities by providing decent housing, improved infrastructure, public facilities and services, and improved economic opportunities.  

For more information about the application process or workshop, contact Joanna Crosby at joanna.crosby@coloradosprings.gov or at (719) 385-6609.

Bus Pass Program

The City of Colorado Springs makes available One-Ride bus passes to agencies that serve homeless persons and low income persons receiving case management support. Approximately 10,000 passes are available for distribution during the City budget cycle. Ongoing availability is subject to allocation of funds. Passes are allocated based on need and utilization rate. Priority is given to CDBG/ ESG sub recipients and homeless shelters. Subject to the allocation of funds, the City will make available 2000 bus passes to non-sub recipient agency requests during a two week window starting on July 15th and ending on July 31st. This will be posted on the City Community Development Division website.

Requirements and Eligibility

  • Agency must be a non-profit 501c3 or 509a that provides assistance to low income or individuals experiencing homelessness. Agency must serve residents of Colorado Springs and must provide case management services to clients.
  • Bus passes must be used by clients for the purpose of fulfilling activities in their case management plans (i.e. employment related transportation, job training, child care, counseling, medical appointments, etc.).
  • Bus passes must be distributed at no charge to clients. Passes shall not be resold.

Reporting

  • Community Development Division staff will run utilization reports biannually. Reports will be provided to the Homelessness Prevention and Response Coordinator. Agencies that do not achieve at least an 80% utilization rate at the one year mark may not be considered for future bus passes. At the six month mark, the Homelessness Prevention and Response Coordinator will reach out to agencies with low utilization rates to offer technical assistance.
  • Agencies must provide an annual report to the City’s Homelessness Prevention and Response Coordinator by July 31st which includes a summary of the total usage and a brief narrative describing how the passes benefited the clients and how bus pass utilization is encouraged by the agency’s bus pass allocation procedures.

How to Apply

Please submit a letter of interest to the City’s Homelessness Prevention and Response Coordinator (recommended length not to exceed two pages) including the following information:

  • Agency name
  • Program name (if applicable)
  • Agency address
  • Primary contact person name, title, email, and phone
  • Number of passes requested
  • Brief program description
  • Number of unduplicated clients (or expected) served in a year
  • Efforts to ensure bus pass utilization

Letters of interest are due July 31st

Please send completed letters of interest via email to andrew.phelps@coloradosprings.gov. Please direct questions to Andrew Phelps at 719-385-5772. Applicants will be notified of award status by August 14th.

Community Development Block Grant Pre-application Workshop

This workshop will cover important information on the types of eligible projects along with rules and regulations governing the CDBG program. Attendance at this session is required for all applicants. Attendance will help project eligibility and ensure critical technical assistance about the 2019 CDBG application and program before an agency invests the time and resources necessary to apply.

Event dates

Location City Administration Building Suite 102 (map)
30 South Nevada Avenue, Suite 102
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Date/Time Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Invitation to apply for 2019 Community Development Block Grant open through Aug 2

Colorado Springs, Colo.-- The City of Colorado Springs Community Development Division is soliciting applications for 2019 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Public Facilities and Improvement funds. The Division has approximately $1 million of federal funds available for eligible public facilities and improvements projects in Colorado Springs. The minimum request amount is $100,000 and complete applications are due no later than midnight August 2.

Applicants should submit projects that meet the needs of the community and align with the division’s 2015-2019 priority needs to: 1) improve struggling neighborhoods, 2) increase and preserve affordable housing, and 3) invest in facilities and services that help prevent and end homelessness. The division will award additional points to projects that accomplish one of the following:

  • Increase Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility in public-use buildings; 
  • Increase access to services directly for low- and moderate-income people in target neighborhoods; or
  • Increase site preparedness for low income housing. 

All applicants are required to attend a pre-application workshop on:

Tuesday, June 25

9 – 11 a.m.

City Administration Bldg, Ste. 102

30 S. Nevada Avenue, 80903

This workshop will cover important information on the types of eligible projects along with rules and regulations governing the CDBG program. Attendance at this session is required for all applicants. Attendance will help project eligibility and ensure critical technical assistance about the 2019 CDBG application and program before an agency invests the time and resources necessary to apply.

Applicant information:

Non-profit and public agencies are invited to apply, provided the proposed improvements will be open to the general public and will primarily benefit low-income communities.

There is no limit to the number of applications that an agency may submit, but each project should be submitted as its own application. Applications selected for funding may receive less than the requested amount, depending on the number of applications received and the available funding. By applying, funding is not guaranteed to any agency or project.

Applicants must create a ZoomGrants profile in order to prepare and submit an application. For more information, please go to the application here or go to the Division website at www.coloradosprings.gov/community-development

Apply via ZoomGrants™

Community Development Block Grant Funding:

The primary purpose of CDBG funds is to serve low- and moderate-income residents who reside within the city limits of Colorado Springs. Public Facilities and Improvements projects aim to improve local communities by providing decent housing, improved infrastructure, public facilities and services, and improved economic opportunities.  

For more information about the application process or workshop, contact Joanna Crosby at joanna.crosby@coloradosprings.gov or at (719) 385-6609.

City launches housing survey on experiences with local housing market

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.- The City of Colorado Springs Community Development Division is launching a survey to learn more about residents’ experiences with the local housing market. Residents can share their opinions about affordability, housing quality, the search experience, and other housing challenges in the Colorado Springs region.

The survey opens May 6 and will close on June 16. All residents with recent experience in the Colorado Springs housing market are encouraged to take the survey. Residents can find the survey here. The survey responses are confidential and participants remain anonymous.

The responses will help inform the recommendations and strategies to be featured in the City’s upcoming comprehensive housing plan, which will be released later in 2019. The plan will provide a framework for encouraging the development of approximately 1,000 units of affordable housing in Colorado Springs each year.

For more information about the survey contact Community Development Staff at communitydevelopment@coloradosprings.gov or (719) 385-5912.

Close to Home Fair Housing Storytelling Event

Download event flyer (pdf)

The City of Colorado Springs Community Development Division invites the community to participate in Close to Home, a fair housing storytelling event. In collaboration with Pikes Peak Library District, this event welcomes residents to share their stories of housing discrimination in their own words. The event will take place at Studio 916 at Sand Creek Library where staff and volunteers will interview guests and experienced studio staff will record the exchange. Participants can share any experience that has kept them from the apartment, mortgage, or financing of their choice due to discrimination based on protected class.

The Fair Housing Act was signed into law in 1968 by President Lyndon Johnson. The Act outlaws the refusal to sell or rent a dwelling to any person because of race, color, disability, religion, sex, familial status, or national origin. Colorado law also ensures protection against discrimination based on creed, ancestry, sexual orientation, or marital status. The Act also outlaws:

  • Discrimination in the terms, conditions or privileges of sale or rental of a dwelling.
  • Advertising the sale or rental of a dwelling indicating preference, limitation, or discrimination based on protected class.
  • Coercing, threatening, intimidating, or interfering with a person's enjoyment or exercise of housing rights based on discriminatory reasons or retaliating against a person or organization that aids or encourages the exercise or enjoyment of fair housing rights.

Discrimination may look different today than it did in 1968, but it still happens every day and often goes unreported. While city staff tracks fair housing complaints on a statewide and federal level, this event is designed to capture the personal stories in Colorado Springs that aren’t reported or reflected in the data. This event is also part of the community development division’s continuing efforts to prevent housing discrimination and better equip tenants and homeowners with the resources they need to report it when it happens. Your story may help a neighbor!

Close to Home will take place over the course of three days in April. Residents interested in participating are encouraged to sign up for a 15-minute session during the following windows by calling (719) 597-7070.

Studio 916 at Sand Creek Library
821 S. Academy Blvd
April 19, 2-5pm
April 20, 3-5pm
April 22, 5-8pm

In addition to help from the Pikes Peak Library District, Close to Home is also made possible by Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds. The primary purpose of CDBG funds is to serve low- and moderate-income residents who reside within the city limits of Colorado Springs. The community development division also uses its CDBG funds to provide fair housing educational opportunities to the community, as part of its efforts to affirmatively further fair housing.

In accordance with the ADA, anyone requiring an auxiliary aid or interpreter service to participate in this hearing should make the request as soon as possible but no later than 48 hours before the event. To make this request, please contact Community Development staff at catherine.duarte@coloradosprings.gov or 719-385-5912.

Event dates

Location Sand Creek Library (map)
1821 S. Academy Blvd
Colorado Springs, CO 80916
Date/Time Friday, April 19, 2019 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Location Sand Creek Library (map)
1821 S. Academy Blvd
Colorado Springs, CO 80916
Date/Time Saturday, April 20, 2019 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Location Sand Creek Library (map)
1821 S. Academy Blvd
Colorado Springs, CO 80916
Date/Time Monday, April 22, 2019 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Public invited to Renter Rights Workshops in 2019

Three workshops added to feature rights and responsibilities of renting a home

Download event flyer (pdf)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.- The City of Colorado Springs Community Development Division is pleased to offer more “Renter Rights 101” informational sessions in 2019. In collaboration with Colorado Legal Services and Pikes Peak Library District, the community development division is offering three different workshops to educate renters on the rights and responsibilities that come with renting a home.

Pikes Peak Library District will host all three identical workshops at its north side, downtown, and southeast branches.

Presenters from Colorado Legal Services, PPLD and the City will address a wide variety of topics such as lease basics, reasonable accommodations and modifications, Fair Housing Act protections, deposits, repairs, and eviction.  Library and City staff will share local resources and materials available on housing issues.

Each event will offer the same information. The sessions are free, but space is limited. Attendees can RSVP at the EventBrite links below to guarantee a seat. Light refreshments will be provided.

Northside Spring Session

The Venue at Library 21C*

1175 Chapel Hills Dr.

Monday, April 15

6 – 7:30pm

RSVP here

*Hearing Loop Facility

Downtown Summer Session

Penrose Library

20 N. Cascade Ave.

Wednesday, August 7

6 – 7:30pm

RSVP here

*Hearing Loop Facility

Southeast Fall Session

Sand Creek Library

1821 S. Academy Blvd

Saturday, October 12

2 – 3:30pm

RSVP here

 

After two packed sessions in the fall of 2018, event organizers recognized the need for more housing education in the Colorado Springs area, where over 40 percent of the population rents.

In addition to the City’s partnering organizations, these sessions are also made possible by Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds. The primary purpose of CDBG funds is to serve low- and moderate-income residents who reside within the city limits of Colorado Springs. The community development division also uses its CDBG funds to provide fair housing educational opportunities to the community, as part of its efforts to affirmatively further fair housing.

Colorado Legal Services is a non-profit organization helping low-income individuals and seniors in Colorado. The workshops will offer general information for tenants, but cannot provide specific legal advice. Low-income residents or senior citizens facing a housing issue can contact Colorado Legal Services at (719) 471-0380 for legal assistance.

In accordance with the ADA, anyone requiring an auxiliary aid or interpreter service to participate in this hearing should make the request as soon as possible but no later than 48 hours before the event. To make this request, please contact Community Development staff at catherine.duarte@coloradosprings.gov or 719-385-5912.

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Event dates

Location Pikes Peak Library 21C (map)
1175 Chapel Hills Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80920
Date/Time Monday, April 15, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Location Penrose Library (map)
20 N. Cascade Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Date/Time Wednesday, August 7, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Location Sand Creek Library (map)
1821 S. Academy Blvd
Colorado Springs, CO 80916
Date/Time Saturday, October 12, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

City Council adopts plan outlining vision for Mill Street neighborhood

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.—City Council unanimously adopted today the Mill Street Neighborhood Plan that will activate several community-driven projects and initiatives that will further develop and support the vision of the historic Mill Street neighborhoodA geographic sub-area within the city that contains but is not limited to residential land uses. The extent of a neighborhood is variable and may be defined by tradition, organizational boundaries, period of building and development, or subdivision patterns. Neighborhood boundaries may include such features as major streets or other physical elements., located immediately south of downtown Colorado Springs.

The neighborhood plan offers 60 different strategies to help achieve several goals developed in the planning process. Among the top recommendations that will be implemented immediately include safety and accessibility improvements along public land and rights of way, housing rehabilitation initiatives, creek cleanups, and establishing development review guidelines. Other multi-year initiatives, such as small business assistance and an affordable accessory dwelling unit (ADU) pilot program* will kick off shortly after the plan’s adoption.

“Through an inclusive and consensus building process, the neighborhood plan sets the stage for the future of the historic Mill Street community to be a thriving, dynamic place that celebrates its diversity and historic past,” said Catherine Duarte, senior analyst from the City’s Community Development Division. “In alignment with the City’s recently adopted comprehensive plan, PlanCOS, the plan seeks to increase the quality of life for residents while preserving historic features and affordability and planning for more businesses, services, and housing types.”

Derived from a series of surveys, interviews, polls, and neighborhood association meetings, the plan’s main goals seek to: 

  • Cultivate Mill Street character 
  • Enhance quality of life for residents 
  • Re-connect Mill Street people and places 
  • Create a resilient future 

Background:

The City of Colorado Springs Community Development Division engaged area residents, property and business owners over the last 18 months to identify goals, priorities and interests in the future of this historic neighborhood. The effort is funded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.

For more information about the plan, visit: www.coloradosprings.gov/MillStreetPlan.  

 

*Pending adoption of the proposed City ordinance that expands the use of Accessory Dwelling Units to single-family zone districts.

City teams with Colorado Legal Services to give Renters’ Rights Workshops

Colorado Springs, Colo. – The City of Colorado Springs Community Development Division is pleased to offer “Renter Rights 101,” two informational sessions this fall for renters in collaboration with Colorado Legal Services. A staff attorney from Colorado Legal Services will present the session content. Pikes Peak Library District and Community Development staff will also present local resources and materials available to all residents on housing issues.

The presenters will address a wide variety of topics, such as lease basics, reasonable accommodations and modifications, Fair Housing Act protections, deposits, repairs, and eviction. 

Residents can attend either event. The sessions are free, but space is limited. Residents can RSVP at the EventBrite links below to guarantee a seat.

Downtown Session                                      Southeast Session

Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018                                   Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018

5:30-7:00 p.m.                                                 6:30-8 p.m.  

First Congregational Church                           Solid Rock Event Center

20 East Saint Vrain St.                                   2520 Arlington Dr.      

RSVP here                                                      RSVP here

In addition to help from the hosting congregations and presenter organizations, these sessions are also made possible by Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds. The primary purpose of CDBG funds is to serve low- and moderate-income residents who reside within the city limits of Colorado Springs. The Community Development Division also uses its CDBG funds to provide Fair Housing educational opportunities to the community, as part of its efforts to affirmatively further fair housing.

Anyone requiring an auxiliary aid or interpreter service to participate should make the request as soon as possible, but no later than 48 hours before the event. For more information, contact Catherine Duarte at Catherine.Duarte@coloradosprings.gov or 719-385-6876

Invitation to Apply for 2018 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Commercial Façade and Frontage Improvement Funds

Colorado Springs, Colo. - The City of Colorado Springs Community Development Division, in collaboration with the Colorado Springs Urban Renewal Authority, is pleased to announce that they are soliciting applications for its Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Commercial Façade and Frontage Improvement Grant (CFFIG). The City is making available approximately $100,000 in matching grant funding for eligible commercial building façade and frontages within the Southeast Economic Opportunity Zone. Area map attached.

The primary purpose of CDBG funds is to serve low- and moderate-income residents who reside within the city limits of Colorado Springs. As a first year pilot program, the Commercial Façade and Frontage Improvement Grant aims to encourage commercial building owners in the Southeast Economic Opportunity Zone (SEEOZ) to invest in improvements along building façade and frontage spaces to increase their utilization as community spaces and aid in attracting and retaining tenants to improve economic opportunities. The Community Development Division and the Colorado Springs Urban Renewal Authority are seeking to fund projects that meet the needs of the community, while also meeting agencies goals. All applications must include a minimum 50% private investment match and request a minimum of $10,000 for total project costs. Property and business owners are invited to apply, provided the proposed improvements will primarily benefit low-income communities.

Upon completion of this pilot program, Community Development and the Colorado Springs Urban Renewal Authority will evaluate opportunity to extend the Commercial Façade and Frontage Improvement Grant to additional areas of the City.

The program application and guidelines can be found at the Community Development Division’s website https://coloradosprings.gov/community-development under NeighborhoodA geographic sub-area within the city that contains but is not limited to residential land uses. The extent of a neighborhood is variable and may be defined by tradition, organizational boundaries, period of building and development, or subdivision patterns. Neighborhood boundaries may include such features as major streets or other physical elements. Improvement Programs. One completed application is due no later than 5 p.m. on September 14, 2018 at the Land Use Review Division office at 30 S. Nevada Avenue, Suite 105, Colorado Springs, CO 80903 addressed to Katie Sunderlin, or submitted via email to Katie Sunderlin at sunderka@springsgov.com.

Applications selected for funding may receive less than the requested amount, depending on the number of applications received and the available funding. By applying, funding is not guaranteed to any agency or project.

For more information about the application process, please contact:

Katie Sunderlin at sunderka@springsgov.com or 719-385-5773.