Community Development Block Grant


Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)

The City of Ashland is fortunate to be an Entitlement Community participant in the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program.  This program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  Established in 1974, the primary objective of the CDBG program is to develop sustainable communities through improved housing, living, and economic conditions.  Activities under this program must predominately benefit persons of low and moderate-income (household income less than 80% of area median income), meet one of the three national objectives, and be a CDBG eligible activity.

The program Year 2020 is the first year in the City’s current 2020-2024 Five-Year Consolidated Plan for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Entitlement Program.  The Consolidated Plan was developed through community outreach, citizen participation, input by City staff, and approval by the City of Ashland Board of Commissioners.  The development process focused on formal and informal needs assessment with the goal of broadening the scope of CDBG funded activities in an effort to help more low- and moderate-income individuals as well as making an impact on the community. 

National Objectives:

  • Benefit low- and moderate-income individuals and families
  • Aid in the prevention of slums and blight
  • Meet an urgent need

 All projects are required to meet eligibility requirements under HUD regulations and reflect the current needs of the low- and moderate-income population. 

 City of Ashland Objectives:

 The City is progressing toward attaining its Consolidated Plan objectives including: 

  • Ensure adequate and dependable public facilities are available to provide for basic and essential needs and services.
  • Ensure adequate and safe infrastructure to meet the basic needs of residents.
  • Provide and/or support adequate, safe, and affordable housing.
  • Support programs and services that minimize or prevent homelessness.
  • Increase jobs for low- and moderate-income individuals through the Women-Owned & Ethnic Minority Grant program.  


Activities using CDBG funds must meet a number of federal standards. Including:

  • Environmental Review
  • Labor Standards (Davis Bacon)
  • Equal Opportunity – Minority and Women Business Enterprises and Section 3
  • Accessibility for Disabled People
  • Record-keeping and Reporting
  • Acquisition and Relocation Regulations
  • Lead-Based Paint Elimination
  • Income Verification and Documentation
    • Financial Assistance or Housing Client
    • Public Service Client
      • Avoiding Conflicts of Interest
      • Purchasing Standards


Consolidated Plan 

Every five years, the Department of Community & Economic Development prepares a Consolidated Strategic Housing and Community Development Plan for use by the City, to guide CDBG grantmaking. It sets out needs and priorities for housing and community development activities for the next five years, strategies to be pursued, and performance targets to be achieved through Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). 

PY2020-2024 Consolidated Plan & 2020 Annual Action Plan  

Annual Action Plan  

Each year, the City of Ashland submits its Annual Action Plan to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). It details how the City proposes to spend CDBG during the next program year.  

PY2019 Action Plan including COVID Substantial Amendment 

Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER)  

The Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) describes the activities and accomplishments of the City of Ashland in their housing and community development programs. It focuses on how the City used federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), but it also mentions other closely related activities. It is prepared annually at the end of the fiscal year.  

PY2020 CAPER: Available Fall 2021
PY2019 CAPER: Click Here
PY2018 CAPER: Click Here

Analysis of Impediments 

This Analysis serves as the City of Ashland’s and the Ashland Region’s working plan to affirmatively further fair housing and to assist in comprehensive fair housing planning.  

PY2020 Analysis of Impediments  

Community Development Block Grant COVID Funds

The Department of Housing & Urban Development allocated $377,000 to the City of Ashland to prepare, prevent, and respond to the Coronavirus pandemic.  Funding was allocated to eight service providers including: CAReS, Ashland Community Kitchen, Shelter of Hope, Safe Harbor of Northeast Kentucky, Ashland Senior Center, Ashland Child Development Center, and Salvation Army.  The City of Ashland will administer utility assistance, food and cleaning supplies, and creation of personal protection equipment.   

Utility Assistance Program

The City of Ashland Utility Assistance Program will assist the City of Ashland residents with a one-time payment of up to $150.00 to be paid toward water/sewer/garbage, natural gas, or electric bill(s). 

All participating families must be: 62 and older, domestic violence victims, the homeless population in TBRA program, a person with AIDS, or severely disabled as defined by the Department of Housing & Urban Development. 

Click here for the Application

Reasonable Accommodation

A Reasonable Accommodation ensures that persons with disabilities have full access to all City of Ashland Community & Economic Development programs and services.  Any applicant or participant may at any time during the application process or tenancy, request a reasonable accommodation to allow a disabled family to meet the requirements of the program.  Persons with disabilities who need a reasonable accommodation in order to participate should contact the City of Ashland.

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Lorraine Woolery

P.O. Box 1839
Ashland, KY 41105-1839
Phone: 606-385-3317
Fax: 606-385-3326