Sparks City Council Meeting 5/13/2019 2:00:00 PM

    Monday, May 13, 2019 2:00 PM
    Council Chambers, Legislative Bldg, 745 4th Street, Sparks, NV

Public Hearing and Action Items Unrelated to Planning and Zoning: 10.2

Title: PUBLIC HEARING, consideration and possible approval of the Program Year 5, Fiscal Year 2019-2020, Community Development Block Grant and HOME Consortium Annual Action Plan for submittal to the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development
Petitioner/Presenter: City of Sparks/George T. Graham, Housing Specialist
Recommendation: Staff recommends City Council approve the Fiscal Year FY 2019-2020 Annual Action Plan and proposed project funding allocations for submittal to the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
Financial Impact: No fiscal impact.
Business Impact (Per NRS 237):
A Business Impact Statement is not required because this is not a rule.
Agenda Item Brief:

This agenda item asks the City Council to approve, for submittal to the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the City’s Program Year 5, Fiscal Year 2 FY 2019-2020 Annual Action Plan for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Consortium activities. The City of Sparks uses the HUD funding to support the operation of the Community Assistance Center (CAC) for homeless persons, Fair Housing activities, pedestrian improvements including sidewalk, street curb and gutter replacement in eligible low to moderate income census tracts, and housing rehabilitation programs.


The City of Sparks is an Entitlement Community under the HUD CDBG Program.  As an Entitlement Community, the City receives a direct allocation of CDBG funding each Program Year (PY) of the approved Five-Year Consolidated Plan for 2015 – 2019. This application represents PY Five of the Five Year Consolidated Plan. The new Five-Year Consolidated Plan is scheduled to be submitted by May 15, 2020 for a period from 2020 to 2024. In addition to the CDBG program, the City of Sparks partners with the City of Reno and Washoe County in the Washoe County HOME Consortium (WCHC).  Via the WCHC, the three jurisdictions also receive an annual allocation of HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) funding, which is used to assist in the development of affordable housing.  The guidelines for these formula grant programs outline three basic goals:

  1. Decent housing,
  2. Suitable living environment and
  3. Expanded economic opportunities. 

The City of Sparks prepares an Annual Action Plan (AAP) as part of the annual federal application process for CDBG funds. This AAP for FY 2019-2020 includes information provided by the City of Reno for use of HOME Partnership dollars (the City of Reno serves as lead agency of the WCHC and the City of Sparks is a participating jurisdiction).  The AAP also identifies the process through which the jurisdictions allocate and distribute funding, along with information regarding other funding resources available for those programs.

Attached is the “Final Draft” of PY 5, FY 2019-2020 Annual Action Plan (AAP)” (Exhibit – 01).  This submission is referred to as the “Final Draft” until such time that HUD approves the submission.

HUD has advised the City of Sparks that its CDBG allocation for FY 2019-2020 will be $691,196.

Additionally, in accordance with the CDBG Application process, HUD requires consultation with and a public comment period for the community. The 30-day public comment period began April 9, 2019 with advertisement of the AAP in the Reno Gazette Journal and concludes on May 13, 2019 at the commencement of the City Council meeting, at which time all public comments will be accumulated and incorporated into the “Final Draft” of the AAP.  A community meeting soliciting public comment was held at Legislative Building on April 23, 2019.


The AAP serves as the application for CDBG Entitlement Communities such as the City of Sparks.  The CDBG 2019-2020 AAP outlines the activities the City of Sparks plans to commence in PY Five (FY 2019/2020) of the City’s 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan. The AAP leverages CDBG funding to address housing needs, public services and homelessness prevention under the objectives of a suitable living environment and decent housing. The 2019/2020 AAP allocates $851,196, which is comprised of $691,196 in new CDBG entitlement funding, approximately $75,000 of rollover unspent funds from prior years, and $85,000 of Program Income from the City’s CDBG-funded housing rehabilitation loan program. The funding is proposed to be used the following previously approved activities.

Activities to be funded from New CDBG Allocation for FY 2019/2020:

• Up to $25,000 to support Fair Housing activities.  The City of Sparks and the City of Reno combine resources (i. e., $25,000 each) to obtain the professional services of Silver State Fair Housing Council for implementation of the ‘Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing’ program, as required by HUD.
• Up to $18,833 for support of Continuum of Care activities, to end homelessness as required by HUD.
• Up to $104,115 for support of planning and administration activities, which includes partial funding for salaries of staff involved in planning, administration and implementation of the CDBG grant.
• Up to $107,880 to support operation of the Community Assistance Center (homeless shelter) and the planned Northern Nevada Adult Mental Health Services (NNAMHS) Campus being developed in Sparks to house women, children and families (see Exhibit - 02),
• Up to $90,000 for Housing Rehabilitation Administration activities to support implementation of housing activities.
• Up to $228,271 of new grant funding for pedestrian improvement projects including curb, paving, and sidewalk replacement in low- and moderate-income neighborhoods.  The area from D Street north to Oddie Boulevard is the defined area of pedestrian improvement for FY 2019/2020 (Exhibit 03).
• Up to $50,000 of new grant funds and approximately $85,000 of anticipated program income to supplement the implementation of Single-Family Housing Rehabilitation Program activities;
• Up to $20,000 for implementation of the Housing Rehabilitation Emergency Repair Grant Program.  The activities consist of rectifying health, life and safety issue of qualifying homeowners.

Each project presented within the proposed AAP meets the community’s needs as presented and approved in the Five-Year Consolidated Plan previously approved by the City Council and HUD.

  1. Approve the proposed funding allocations and submittal of the AAP to HUD.
  2. Modify the proposed allocations for one or more of the activities and approve the submittal of the AAP to HUD.

Recommended Motion:

I move to approve the Program Year 5, Fiscal Year 2019-2020, Community Development Block Grant and HOME Consortium Annual Action Plan for submittal to the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Attached Files:
     01 - City of Sparks - CDBG, Final Draft AAP, PY 5, FY 2019-2020.pdf
     Map CDBG area for pedestrian improvements.pdf
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