Frequently Asked Questions
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What types of organizations can submit grant applications to the Gwinnett County Community Development Program Office for the CDBG, HOME?
- Have a currently valid Tax-Exempt Status Certification, or 501(c)(3), from the IRS
- Demonstrate that they are incorporated as a nonprofit organization with the Georgia Secretary of State and in good standing
- Provide a listing of current officers and current members of their board of directors
- Provide a recent audit or audited financial statement of their organization which was prepared by an independent auditor
- Provide their most recent IRS Form 990 or 990EZ and attachments
- Provide a current business plan
Participating municipalities - All cities that are currently a part of the Gwinnett County Urban County HUD grant programs and are covered by an active cooperation agreement executed between Gwinnett County and the respective cities.
Gwinnett County departments - Any department of Gwinnett County Government.
Other organizations - Local public housing authorities, Gwinnett County Board of Health, and Gwinnett/Rockdale/Newton Community Service Board
How can I find out if a potential project is eligible for any of the HUD grant programs received by Gwinnett County?
Can I obtain a more complete description of the CDBG Program?
The Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) provides grant funds to large cities, urban counties (like Gwinnett County), and states to permit these jurisdictions to invest CDBG funds to address needs which were identified by the grantees through the Consolidated Plan process. The amount of annual funding received from HUD is determined by a formula which is applied to the total amount of CDBG funds available nationally. The use of the CDBG funds is quite flexible, permitting grantees to expend their grant funds for many different types of projects. At least 51 percent (100 percent for housing projects) of persons (beneficiaries) served by a CDBG-assisted project must be low or moderate-income, as defined by the maximum income limits provided annually by HUD. HUD also permits the following population groups to be automatically classified as low- and moderate-income, by definition: abused/neglected children, elderly persons (62 years or older), battered spouses, homeless persons, severely disabled adults (per U.S. Census definition), illiterate adults, persons living with AIDS/HIV, and migrant farm workers.
Organizations who receive CDBG funds must document the persons served and must verify their income if they are not among the groups classified above. Monthly reports must be submitted to Gwinnett County for a period of at least five years on each CDBG program carried out to document that the usage continues to be eligible under the CDBG program.
Read more about the CDBG Program through the HUD website.
How are HUD grant funds awarded to organizations selected for funding by Gwinnett County?
Can you describe the recordkeeping requirements for these grant programs?
How are grant funds disbursed to recipient organizations by Gwinnett County?
Does the Gwinnett County Community Development Program operate the Section 8 Rental Assistance Program?
The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) administers the Section 8 rental assistance program (officially known as the Housing Choice Voucher Program) for all of Gwinnett County. In some other jurisdictions, local housing authorities operate local Section 8 program, but this is not the case in Gwinnett County.
Property owners who wish to enroll rental properties in the DCA Section 8 rental assistance program, persons who wish to transfer a current Section 8 voucher from another geographic area, or who are seeking Section 8 rental assistance for the first time, visit DCA’s website or call (404) 327-7912 or (888) 858-6085.
Where is the Gwinnett County Community Development Program office located?
I am a homeowner in Gwinnett County and I heard that the County's Community Development Program operates a homeowner rehabilitation program. How can I get more information about this program?
Due to the limited availability of grant funds, the Gwinnett County Community Development Program is no longer accepting applications for the Homeowner Rehabilitation Program. Please revisit this webpage for funding updates in the Summer 2013.
For more information, contact the Gwinnett County Community Development Program at (678) 518-6008 or email@example.com.