The Saratoga Springs Office of Community Development works to advance the City Council's goals of increasing access to affordable housing, improving the living environment, and expanding economic opportunities for persons of low and moderate income.
The Office of Community Development was created in 1975 to implement City programs funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Since qualifying for Entitlement Grant funds in 1994, the City has utilized these dollars to develop affordable housing, establish residential rehabilitation grant and loan programs, provide funding for public improvement projects in low and moderate income areas of the city, and support a host of legal, education and outreach programs for low and moderate income residents.
Economic Development Revolving Loan Program
The City of Saratoga Springs established, and recently expanded the Economic Development Revolving Loan Program to stimulate job creation, and support job retention, for residents of low-moderate income. The program helps to subsidize these job opportunities, and preserve jobs that would otherwise be lost by offering low interest loans to businesses physically located within the City of Saratoga Springs. Read more here.
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program
Typically, sub-grantee applications are available during the month of December to organizations interested in applying to the City of Saratoga Springs for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Entitlement Funds for each program year (July 1 – June 30). These funds are designed to assist activities that address community development needs as prioritized in the City’s Consolidated Plan, and that benefit persons of low and moderate income. Eligible activities may include public services; affordable housing creation, construction and rehabilitation; infrastructure improvements; and other federally eligible activities.
The Community Development Department will open the window for sub-grantee applications for the 2024 CDBG Program Year on December 1, 2023.
|2024 CDBG Program Year Anticipated Schedule of Events|
|December 1 - Friday|| 2024 Entitlement funding applications and information packets available|
|January 31 - Wednesday||Application deadline (due no later than 4 pm)|
|February 5 - Monday|| Public Application Hearing #1: Saratoga Springs Recreation Center|
15 Vanderbilt Avenue- 6:00 pm (Sign in at 5:45 pm)
|February 7 - Wednesday|| Public Application Hearing #2: Saratoga Springs City Hall, Music Hall|
474 Broadway- 6:00 pm (Sign in at 5:45 pm)
|February 13 - Tuesday|| Application evaluation matrix distributed to CDCAC|
|February 14 - Wednesday||CDCAC Closed Meeting (application review); Saratoga Springs Recreation Center, 15 Vanderbilt Ave - 5:30 pm|
|February 21 - Wednesday||Completed application evaluation matrix due to Community Development Planner|
|February 28 - Wednesday||CDCAC Closed Meeting (application review): Saratoga Springs Recreation Center, 15 Vanderbilt Ave - 5:30 pm|
|March 5 - Tuesday||Present recommended 2024 Action Plan to City Council|
|March 6 - April 5||Comment period for recommended 2024 Action Plan|
|April 16 - Tuesday||Public Hearing on recommended 2024 Action Plan|
|May 7 - Tuesday||City Council vote on recommended 2024 Action Plan|
|March 14 - Tuesday||Submission of 2024 Action Plan to HUD-Buffalo|
|July 1 - Monday||2024 Entitlement Program year begins|
|September - October 2024||Anticipated receipt of HUD Grant Agreement and Release of Entitlement Funds|
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