How is the use of CDBG funds determined?

Every five years the City works with Bristol residents, community organizations, business organizations and other groups to develop a 5-Year Consolidated Plan. The Plan documents housing and community development needs, outlines strategies to address those needs, and identifies priorities for the use of annual federal allocations of CDBG funds. The City of Bristol 2010-2015 Consolidated Plan, and the updated Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice are documents available on this website. Based on the Five-Year Plan, the city develops an Annual Action Plan that lists the specific projects to be undertaken during the program year. The Annual Action Plan is also available online. There is a lengthy citizen participation process in developing the Five-Year and Annual Plans. All meetings and hearings are open to the public and posted at a variety of locations including the CDBG page of this website. At the close of the public comment period, the City Council must approve the Plans before they are submitted to HUD.

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1. What kinds of assistance does the City Economic and Community Development provide to businesses?
2. I want to start a business. What kind of assistance is available?
3. Does the City of Bristol have property for development?
4. What is the Enterprise Zone and what are the benefits found there?
5. What is the CDBG?
6. How is the use of CDBG funds determined?
7. What are the Five-Year Plan priorities?
8. When are applications for CDBG funding accepted?
9. Who can apply to receive CDBG funds?
10. How do I qualify for the Housing Rehabilitation program?
11. Who do I contact with housing discrimination complaints?
12. What kinds of grants does the City of Bristol apply to receive?
13. Can the ECD help homeowners address building/fire code violations and blight issues?