The functions of the consolidated plan are:
- To serve as a planning document for LFUCG which builds on a participatory process with individuals and community organizations;
- To serve as an application for federal funds under HUD's formula grant programs which include the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, the Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) program and the HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) program;
- To serve as a strategy to be followed in carrying out HUD programs; and,
- To serve as an action plan that provides a basis for assessing performance.
Availability of Community Development Block Grant Funds
The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government (LFUCG) announces that it has been allocated an additional $1,343,569 of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development as a result of the CARES Act. The LFUCG intends to amend its 2019 Annual Action Plan to allocate these funds to eligible projects that support the community’s response to the coronavirus.
The LFUCG solicits applications from organizations requesting funds to carry out these CDBG projects. All projects funded under this solicitation must be to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus. Applicants must also demonstrate a plan to prevent Duplication of Benefits. Applications are available online at COVID CDBG 2nd Round Application and will only be accepted electronically.
Complete applications must be submitted to the Division of Grants & Special Programs by the deadline of 5 p.m. on Friday, October 16, 2020. The completed application and all supporting documentation should be sent to:
Applicants should confirm the email receipt of all application materials.
The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government operates its programs and services without regard to race, color, and national origin in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. If information is needed in languages other than English or if you are a person with a disability that would necessitate assistance so that you might participate in the above listed activity, contact Grants and Special Programs at (859) 258-3070 so that arrangements may be made.
FY19 Substantial Amendment – Additional Emergency Solutions Grant Funding
The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government announces that it has received an additional allocation of Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in the amount of $3,226,490. These funds were awarded under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and are for the purpose of preventing, preparing for, and responding to the coronavirus. The LFUCG has prepared a proposed allocation of this funding which can be reviewed here. This proposal is scheduled for second reading before the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council at 6 p.m. on Thursday, August 27, after which the amendment will be submitted to HUD for review and approval. Questions or comments may be directed to the Division of Grants and Special Programs at Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government.
FY19 Substantial Amendment – CARES Act Funding
The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government announces that a virtual Public Hearing will be held on Monday, May 18, 2020, at 6 p.m. Public comment will be taken concerning an amendment to the 2019 Annual Action Plan to appropriate Community Development Block Grant and Emergency Solutions Grant funds anticipated to be received from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development as a result of the CARES Act. The LFUCG will also amend its Citizen Participation Plan to accommodate the use of electronic communications and expedited public comment. It is proposed that additional money be added to the Annual Action Plan as proposed below.
The LFUCG also amends its Citizen Participation Plan to incorporate the use of electronic communications and, in the event of such emergencies as a global pandemic, the use of virtual public hearings and a reduced public comment period of 5 days. View copies of the amended plan.
The public hearing may be accessed via Zoom software by clicking on the date of the hearing. Citizens may connect to the meeting through audio only by calling 1-646-558-8656 and using meeting ID 85962127835 and PASSWORD 464720. Interested parties may also contact Charlie Lanter, Director, Grants and Special Programs at email@example.com or (859) 258-3079 to request the link via email. Additionally, comments will be accepted for a period of five days, Monday, May 18, 2020 through Friday, May 22, 2020 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Please submit comments to the attention of Charlie Lanter, Director, Grants and Special Programs, 200 East Main Street, 6th Floor, Lexington, KY 40507 [(859) 258-3079 (TDD 425-2563)]. You may also submit your questions via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government operates its programs and services without regard to race, color, and national origin in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. If information is needed in languages other than English or if you are a person with a disability that would necessitate assistance so that you might participate in the above-listed meeting, contact Grants and Special Programs at (859) 258-3070 at least seven days in advance of the public hearing so that arrangements may be made.
FY20 application round
The FY20 application round is now open. Below are the following documents pertaining to the FY20 application round for the 2020 Annual Action Plan.
Applications must be received by 5 p.m., Friday, Jan. 10, 2020, at the office of:
Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government
Grants and Special Programs
200 East Main Street, 6th Floor
Lexington, Kentucky 40507
Hand-delivered applications may be left at the security desk on the 1st floor of the Government Center at the address listed above.
Current Consolidated Plan/Annual Action Plans
Below are the following consolidated plan documents:
Development of the Consolidated Plan
Staff members of Grants and Special Programs are responsible for developing the plan, submitting it to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for approval and administering the applicable HUD programs. The Urban County Council is the entity with the legal authority to approve the plan, allow for submission to HUD, and to execute agreements for the applicable projects.
With respect to the Consolidated Plan, Grants and Special Programs’ responsibilities include:
- A review of Lexington's estimated housing and community development needs projected for the ensuing five-year period of the planning process.
- A review of how well the housing market meets the needs of the area population with particular emphasis on how well the housing supply meets the needs of low-income residents, individuals with Limited English Proficiency (LEP), persons with disabilities, and persons with HIV/AIDS and their families.
- Development of recommendations on the specific objectives and the identification of proposed accomplishments with respect to affordable housing, homelessness, other special needs, non-housing community development needs, barriers to affordable housing, lead-based paint hazards, anti-poverty strategy, institutional structures for carrying out the plan, and activities to enhance coordination between public and private resources and services.
- Solicitation of public participation in the consolidated plan process which includes public hearings, opportunities to submit written comments, and requests for funding.
- Annual solicitation of applications requesting funding from the Community Development Block Grant program, the HOME Investment Partnerships program, and the Emergency Solutions Grants program. When the draft plan is published for comment, it includes the list of recommended projects.
The primary purpose of the Consolidated Plan Annual Performance Report (CAPER) is to report on accomplishments of funded activities within the program year and to evaluate the grantee’s progress in meeting one-year goals described in the Annual Action Plan and long-term goals described in the Consolidated Plan. The report also provides the LFUCG an opportunity to evaluate the effectiveness of programs. The CAPER is typically submitted annually to HUD by Sept. 30.
Citizen Participation Plan
The Citizen Participation Plan is a pathway for all residents to exercise their voices and to influence decisions that affect their communities, neighborhoods, and way of life. First adopted on Feb. 23, 1995 (Ordinance # 40-95), the plan was amended on April 17, 1997, Nov. 4, 1999, March 22, 2007, and most recently Sept. 29, 2016.
This Citizen Participation Plan has been developed to set forth the LFUCG's policies and procedures for public participation in the development of a consolidated plan for LFUCG's participation in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Community Planning and Development Programs. The plan was amended to include changes in local processes and to reflect new federal regulations concerning 24 CFR Part 5 Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing. This new rule replaces the previous Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice and requires an Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH).
The Citizen Participation Plan was adopted by the Urban County Council on Sept. 29, 2016.
Analysis of Impediments
LFUCG, as a recipient of federal grant funds under the Community Development Block Grant Program, must periodically conduct an analysis of fair housing known as an Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice or AI. The AI is a review of barriers to fair and equal housing choice and covers public and private policies, practices, and procedures affecting housing choice across Lexington.
The 2016-2021 Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice may be downloaded using the link above or may be viewed in the office of Grants and Special Programs located on the sixth floor of the Lexington Government Center at 200 E. Main Street, Lexington, Kentucky 40507.