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Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
What is CDBG?
The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) is an entitlement program that is administered through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Who receives CDBG funds?
Communities with populations greater than 50,000 are entitlement communities and automatically receive the grant.  The grant amount is based on population size and the number of low-to-moderate income persons in the community.

The City of Rio Rancho has been receiving the CDBG Entitlement Grant since 2000.  The amount changes each year but is typically more than $300,000 and provides neighborhood and public services to our low-to-moderate income residents and designated eligible areas or neighborhoods.

Applicants (sub-recipients) are awarded funding on an annual competitive basis to implement activities which meet the eligible criteria as established by HUD and the Goals and Objectives as defined in the City’s Consolidated Plan.  The CDBG program year is July 1 through June 30 each year; the same as the City’s fiscal year.

What is the 2013 – 2018 Consolidated Plan?
The 2013 – 2018 Consolidated Plan is a five-year strategic plan that describes the community development priorities and multi-year goals based on an assessment of housing and community development needs, an analysis of housing and economic market conditions and other available resources.

View 2013 – 2018 Consolidated Plan (Cover Page / Plan)

What is the 2013 – 2014 First Annual Action Plan?
The 2013 – 2014 First Annual Action Plan reflects the annual goals of the Consolidated Plan and is submitted to HUD as part of the CDBG Program.  To chart the course of achievement for goals and objectives established in the Consolidated Plan, the First Annual Action Plan identifies the City’s implementation and administration plans for funds received through the Community Development Block Grant.

View 2013 – 2014 First Annual Action Plan (Cover Page / Plan / Project Pages)

View draft of 2014-2015 Annual Action Plan

The entitlement grant serves as the City’s primary financial resource to preserve and increase quality affordable housing, provide services to individuals and families in need, and to strengthen economic and workforce development in Rio Rancho.

The City encourages residents to participate in the engineering of community development efforts by giving citizens the opportunity to prioritize how funding should be invested in Rio Rancho neighborhoods.

View Citizen Participation Plan

To facilitate the goals and objectives of the Consolidated Plan, the City releases an application, or request for proposals, to non-profit agencies and City Departments interested in funding from the City’s CDBG Grant based on public input and recommendations made by the Capital Improvement Plan Citizen's Advisory Committee (CIPCAC).  The application process was done in January 2013 and the CIPCAC recommendations have been made part of the 2013 – 2014 First Annual Action Plan.

What is the Rio Rancho Housing Opportunity Program (RRHOP)?
The Rio Rancho Housing Opportunity Program (RRHOP), also known as the Down Payment Assistance Program (DPA), is a partnership between the City and various lending institutions.  The purpose of the program is to provide qualified first-time home buyers with a zero interest loan/grant to assist with purchasing a home.  No more than 50 percent of the required down payment and reasonable closing costs, up to a maximum of $5,000, may be awarded to qualified first time home buyers.

Do I qualify for RRHOP?
Interested persons should contact their local lenders to begin the “paperwork” to qualify for the program.  When you have prequalified, download the application using the links below and have your lender submit your documentation to:

City of Rio Rancho
Financial Services Department
3200 Civic Center Circle, NE  Suite 300
Rio Rancho, NM  87144-4501

Please allow City staff 10 – 14 business days from application submission to thoroughly review and process application packages.  Approximate closing dates should be scheduled according to completed application packet submission. A COMPLETED PACKET DOES NOT ENSURE AN APPROVAL OF FUNDS.  Funding for this program is limited and the City will post the information on this site when funds have been depleted.

Download the instructions and application packet:

Down Payment and Closing Cost Assistance Program Description

Lender Packet and Checklist

Income and Household Size Affidavit, Attachment A

Certification of Purchase, Attachment B

Funding for the 2013-2014 Fiscal Year is now available.

Temporarily Out of Funds
The Emergency Home Repair Program (EHRP) has depleted it’s funding for the 2013-2014 program year (the program year runs from July 1 – June 30).  The City will not have additional funding for program year 2014-2015 until July or August 2014, so the program is suspended until that time.   Applications for the 2014-2015 program year will not be accepted until July 1, 2014.

What is the Emergency Home Repair Program?
The Emergency Home Repair Program (EHRP) is funded by CDBG funds. The program is a partnership arrangement between the City and various residential construction contractors to assist low-to-moderate income Rio Rancho home owners with emergency repairs to their home.

Do I qualify for EHRP?
To qualify for this program, the applicant must meet the following requirements:

  1. Own and occupy the residence under a sales contract, fee simple, or hold title to the property.
  2. Must be a U.S. citizen.
  3. Must have no plans to sell the home within the next 12 months.
  4. The home must be within the Rio Rancho city limits and must be insured.
  5. Must meet the Federal income guidelines as established by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Section 8 Guidelines based on the number of people living in the home.  (See the table on the Emergency Home Repair Application which may be viewed below.)

EHRP funds may be used to repair the following:

  1. Any act of nature resulting in critical damage to the structural condition.
  2. To eliminate an imminent threat to public health and safety.  Such emergency repairs shall not prejudice the right of the homeowner to make application for housing rehabilitation loans for which he/she may be eligible.

An EHRP grant shall not exceed $5,000.

Please allow City staff 4-5 business days from application submittal to process application packages. A COMPLETED PACKET DOES NOT ENSURE AN APPROVAL OF FUNDS.  Funding for this program is limited and the City will post the information on this site when funds have been depleted.

Download the instructions and application packet:

EHRP Program Description

Emergency Home Repair Application

Acceptance

Checklist of Required Documents

Authorization and Release

All questions and/or inquiries about the programs offered by the CDBG Grant should be directed to:

Kathy Fox, Grants Administrator                         
Financial Services Department                                          
3200 Civic Center Circle, NE, Suite 300               
Rio Rancho, NM  87144-4501                              
Phone:  (505) 896-8350                                       
Fax:  (505) 891-5762                                           
E-mail:                          

or

Susan Jannusch, Grant Office Assistant
Financial Services Department
3200 Civic Center Circle, NE, Suite 300
Rio Rancho, NM  87144-4501
Phone:  (505) 896-8766
Fax:  (505) 891-5762
E-Mail:



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