CDBG Program

What is the CDBG Program?

The City of Olympia receives federal CDBG funds from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  According to the HUD website, the CDBG Program provides federal funds to "develop viable communities by providing decent housing, a suitable living environment and opportunities to expand economic opportunities, principally for low- and moderate-income persons."  The City maintains a five-year strategic housing plan that outlines the priorities for CDBG grant funding. Each year, the City re-evaluates the plan to reflect the needs of the community. The Annual Action Plan serves as the blueprint for how Olympia will invest CDBG funds to address high-priority local needs. The Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) provides information on the activities funded within a program year. The City has identified the following strategies for the five-year Consolidated Plan:

  1. Economic Development
  2. Housing Rehabilitation
  3. Land Acquisition
  4. Public Facilities and Improvements
  5. Public Services. 

Housing Rehabilitation Program

Eligible homeowners with low or moderate income, who own and occupy their own homes, can borrow funds through the Owner-Occupant Rehab Program. This program helps them take care of home maintenance needs through low-interest loans having either a deferred or small monthly payment. These loans provide repairs to fire, life, and safety hazards in the home as well as conserving and improving older residential neighborhoods.

Rental Rehabilitation Program

Investor-owners who provide housing to low- and moderate-income households may borrow additional financial assistance to supply safe, sanitary housing to their tenants. Through the Investor-Owned Rehab Program, rental property owners can obtain this help to rehabilitate residential properties for their elderly, handicapped, and/or disabled tenants, as well as for low- or moderate-income families. These loans also help remove and prevent conditions conducive to blight in our neighborhoods and encourage the conservation of energy and other resources.

Land Acquisition Program

This program assists with the purchase of real property for development of new, affordable housing developments for non-profit organizations such as Habitat for Humanity or Homes First!

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