Federal Grants - Community Development Block Grant
As an Entitlement Community, the City of Bremerton will receive an allocation of $265,048 from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), signed into law on March 27, 2020, to prevent, prepare for and respond to coronavirus. This is the second award the City will be receiving under the CARES Act, referred to as CDBG CV-3. Affordable housing, including rental assistance, has continually been a top priority and rental assistance has become even more urgent due to the increased number of households unable to work due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, the City of Bremerton City Council during a Public Hearing on November 4th, 2020 will be accepting public comment on awarding the CDBG CV-3 to Bremerton Housing Authority to continue to implement the emergency rental assistance program. Public Comments can be taken from now until November 4th.
The City of Bremerton has opened a 30-day comment period for the 2021-2025 Consolidated Plan and year 1 Action Plan which includes the 2021 Funding Recommendations. The City of Bremerton City Council will hold a public hearing, review and take action on the 5-year Consolidated Plan and the funding recommendations made by the Project Review Committee for Community Development Block Grant funds to be included in the Year 1 (2021) Action Plan to HUD. For more information and to view the 2021-2025 Consolidated Plan and Year 1 Action Plan click here.
2021 Funding Recommendations
The City of Bremerton would like to release the City of Bremerton Community Development Block Grant Project Review Committee 2021 Funding Recommendations for Public Comment. Comments will be welcome between September 28th and October 28th, 2020. A Virtual Public Hearing will be held during the Bremerton City Council regularly scheduled meeting on November 4th at 5:30 PM WA, to review the 2021 City of Bremerton Projected Use of Funds, to be included in the City of Bremerton 2021 Action Plan.
Estimated funds available totaled approximately $477,000. Sources of this funding include estimated 2021 entitlement, estimated 2021 Program Income. In addition to the Federal objectives for CDBG programs, local City of Bremerton priorities and polices were considered by the citizen members of the Project Review Committee when reviewing applications.
The City of Bremerton is an Entitlement Community under the federally funded Community Development Block Grant Program. Funds are received annually from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for local projects that primarily benefit low income people, and preserve or increase units of affordable housing. The City of Bremerton published a 2021 Policy Plan detailing the management of its CDBG program. The funding recommendations are included in the 2021 Action Plan will be submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development by the City of Bremerton.
Kitsap County and City of Bremerton affordable housing inventory and market analysis study released
The City of Bremerton and Kitsap County partnered to hire EcoNorthwest, a local consulting firm, to perform a countywide affordable housing inventory and market analysis study. The study includes information about the current state of the affordable housing market, an analysis of the gap between available affordable housing and needed units, projections of future housing needs, and recommendations for policy tools that would impact development of additional units of affordable housing. The scope of the study covers all of the Kitsap cities and county, with additional aspects focusing on Bremerton.
Funding for the study comes from the City of Bremerton, the Kitsap County Block Grant Program, and the Kitsap County Housing and Homelessness Division.
The study is called out in the 2018 update to Kitsap County Comprehensive Plan as an implementation strategy in the Housing and Human Services Element. It will also provide information for future Comprehensive Plan updates and the upcoming Kitsap County and City of Bremerton HOME Consortium Consolidated Plan 2021 – 2025 which includes the priorities and goals to guide the allocation of Community Development Block Grant and HOME Investment Partnership Program funds over the five year period.
EcoNorthwest is an experienced consultant in the areas of affordable housing, land use, transportation, and economic development. They have offices in Seattle, Portland, Eugene, and Boise and have been offering consulting services since 1974. The firm has conducted similar types of studies in other Washington jurisdictions, including Skagit County, Island County, and Issaquah, and in other states. Recently it assisted the City of Bainbridge Island with an affordable housing and inclusionary zoning project.
Several public presentations of the study had been planned but were cancelled due to COVID-19 gathering restrictions. Instead, a virtual open house and presentation will be scheduled in the next few months. Information on this event will be announced through the Kitsap County alert system.
The 2021 grant cycle will begin soon, click here to see the Schedule. 2021 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds will be awarded through competitive funding applications as detailed in the schedule.
Bremerton Homeownership Program
The City of Bremerton, in partnership with Community Frameworks, presents the Bremerton Homeownership Down Payment Assistance (DPA) Program. The program is designed to provide deferred payment, low-interest subordinate loans that make home buying affordable for eligible home buyers purchasing within the Bremerton City Limits. Funding for this program comes from the City of Bremerton’s HUD allocation of Federal HOME funds and is matched with DPA from other sources provided by Community Frameworks for up to 20% of the purchase price. Community Frameworks’ partner lenders have additional DPA available as well.
For more information please visit the Housing Information webpage or contact Community Frameworks at 360-377-7738 ext. 2, or visit their website.
Most Block Grant assistance is used for large-scale projects and programs that are carried out in partnership with local agencies and contractors. If you need emergency assistance for you or your household please feel free to contact the Housing Solutions Center 360-377-0053.
Upon advance request, the City will provide for interpretation or translation services to meet the needs of non-English speaking residents. The City will take appropriate actions to serve the needs of persons with disabilities.
CDBG and HOME are federal block grant programs from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that provide communities with flexible funding to address a wide range of community development needs.
The City of Bremerton receives this block grant funding each year to expand economic opportunities, and provide a suitable living environment and decent housing--principally for our low- and moderate-income community members.
The City’s Block Grant funding has touched countless lives and impacted our community in many ways, great and small. Available below are links to information about our annual awards, policies, performance reports, and more.
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
Home Investment Partnership Program (HOME)