The Consolidated Plan is a document submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) every five years that serves as the planning guide for entitlement jurisdictions, such as the Santa Barbara County HOME Consortium and Urban County Partnership, receiving funding under Community Planning and Development (CPD) grant programs. The grant programs administered by the County are:
- Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) - Funding for community development activities that benefit low and moderate income households and communities
- Home Investment Partnership (HOME) - Funding for promoting affordable housing
- Emergency Shelter Grants (ESG) - Funding for emergency shelters
The Consolidated Plan describes the local affordable housing and community development priorities, goals, and objectives, as well as the strategy for meeting these with the grant funding made available to the HOME Consortium and Urban County. The County is the Lead Agency in two separate partnerships that receive HUD CPD formula grant funding:
Santa Barbara County HOME Consortium: County of Santa Barbara and the cities of Buellton, Carpinteria, Goleta, Lompoc, Santa Maria, and Solvang
Santa Barbara CDBG Urban County Partnership: County of Santa Barbara and the cities of Buellton, Carpinteria, Lompoc, and Solvang
|The Five Year Consolidated Plan serves four functions:
Planning document for each community
Application for funds under HUDs formula grant programs, identified above
Articulates local priorities and goals pursuant to receipt and expenditure of the federal entitlement funds; and
Represents a five-year strategic planning document that the community will utilize as the framework in implementing HUD programs.
A one-year Action Plan is submitted to HUD annually as an update to the Consolidated Plan, and an annual plan for meeting goals identified in the Consolidated Plan. The Action Plan includes projects and programs recommended for 2010 funding.