The Neighborhood Development Department manages significant funding for housing development and home ownership, economic development, and homelessness prevention. It also develops an annual budget, solicits and reviews proposals, conducts agency training, and monitors programs and activities for compliance.
Funding for these activities comes from a variety of sources, including:
- Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds
- HOME Investments Partnership funds
- Emergency Solution Grants (ESG)
- A Lead Safe Housing grant, and
- A BEDI grant, which the City is using in conjunction with a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to address abandoned industrial sites called "brownfields."
- Nussbaum Housing Partnership money and bonds for affordable housing activities.
These sources attract a significant investment of state tax credit dollars and private funds.
In addition, the City is the managing member of the Greensboro HOME Program Consortium. This consortium consists of Greensboro, Burlington, Guilford County, and Alamance County.
Every new fiscal year, Neighborhood Development produces an Annual Plan for the available funding amounts, which outlines the projects and activities for the following 12 months. The process for the Annual Plan begins in late fall or early winter when a draft is prepared. The community then has an opportunity to comment before the plan goes before City Council for adoption. Resident participation is both required and desired as a guiding element.
Each Annual Plan draws its direction from the department's Five-Year Consolidated Plan. The current Consolidated Plan is for 2015-19. Every activity in the Annual Plan needs to have some relation to the Consolidated Plan, which has heavy resident input and involvement.
At the end of each fiscal year, Neighborhood Development produces a CAPER (Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report) to evaluate what has been accomplished in accordance with the goals and objectives of the Annual Plan. Residents annually have an opportunity to comment publicly on the Draft CAPER prior to the Planning Board's recommendation for submission of the report to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
The City’s Citizen Participation Plan (Spanish version) identifies and sets forth guidelines that the Neighborhood Development Department will follow to ensure that the residents of Greensboro are adequately aware of programs/activities financed with entitlement funding from HUD. The Citizen Participation Plan contains the City’s policies and procedures for public involvement in the Consolidated Plan process and other plans and reports involving the use of federal program dollars from CDBG, HOME, ESG, and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS.
The City's Internal Audit Division assists in monitoring Neighborhood Development projects and grantees. For example, Affordable Multi-Family Housing properties (apartments) that have been invested in by the City (with either local or federal funds) are monitored each year to ensure that rents remain affordable to lower-income residents, that the property is being maintained and is in good repair, and that the financial stability of the property and managing company is maintained.