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About the City of Madison
Community & Neighborhood
Development Program

Major Goals || City Partners || Community Partners
Community Development Strategies || Other Funding Sources

The purpose of the Community and Neighborhood Development Program is to help make Madison "a more viable urban community by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment and by expanding the economic opportunities for low and moderate income (LMI) persons".
("Low and moderate income persons" are defined as individuals or households whose annual income does not exceed 80% of the area median income.)

The program will work with non-profit community and neighborhood groups, and their associated business, resident, and neighborhood partners to plan, develop and invest in activities which contribute to the 2005-2009 objectives established by the CDBG Commission, Mayor and Common Council in consultation with Madison citizens.

The CDBG Commission has established four primary goals and nine outcome objectives for the use of funds to be administered by the CD Office in 2009 and 2010. These funds include three major Federal programs administered through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (Community Development Block Grant, HOME and Emergency Shelter Grant), several State-funded or administered programs (Division of Housing), and local City of Madison funds. The goals and objectives for this two-year period are derived from the CD Office's Community and Neighborhood Development Five-Year Plan and support other Department and Citywide strategic goals, objectives and allocation processes.

Major Goals

The four major goals identified by the Commission include:

Following the intent of its funding sources, the City has primarily funded activities which either directly serve low and moderate income persons (defined as those with income of 80% or less of Madison's SMSA median) or has funded activities which serve a neighborhood and which are located within the CDBG target areas (defined as those census tracts where 51% or more of the population meets the income guidelines). These include the Isthmus, the Near East Side, and the South Madison areas.

The City of Madison Community and Neighborhood Development Program is organized around a core of funding and program missions derived from a blend of the community development programs of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and local priorities and experience articulated through the Common Council and the Mayor of Madison. Madison is one of approximately 1,000 communities over 50,000 in population which administer a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. These programs were established as block grants to local governments to foster national objectives while responding to local conditions and strengths. Hence, while the City shares some common attributes with other HUD-funded cities, it also builds on Madison's local experience to address a unique set of objectives, using Madison's community and neighborhood groups and businesses.

City Partners

The CD Office and CDBG Commission work closely with several other major City agencies to jointly plan, implement and evaluate the program's core activities. The CD Office is part of the Department of Planning and Community & Economic Development's Community Development Division, and works closely with these City agencies on these activities:

Community Partners

The CD Office also works closely with several other major funders within the community to manage a community assessment process, coordinate a joint application process, and sponsor special projects or studies of mutual interest:

Additional local information is available through HUD-Milwaukee.

Community Development Strategies

The Madison CD program has designed its activities to provide a unique focus and modus operandi, compared to the other funding bodies ...

The CD Office does not directly assist for-profits nor individuals, but works through community-based and neighborhood-based organizations which in turn assist those groups. The CD Office does not generally fund operating costs, unless they are part of a capital project or relate to community gardens, neighborhood centers, services to homeless populations, or the provision of information and access to housing and business resources.

Other Funding Sources

Several other funding bodies within the area also focus on capital costs. They include:

The CD Office is very willing to work with non-profit agencies to access these other funders or to coordinate its own funding with that of these agencies.

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