Community Development

The City of Hot Springs receives federal funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as an entitlement grantee of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. The CDBG Entitlement Program provides annual grants on a formula basis to entitled cities to develop viable urban communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment, and by expanding economic opportunities, principally for low- and moderate-income persons. As the responsible entity, the Planning & Development Department applies for, administers, monitors and reports according to federal regulations. 

Community Development Advisory Committee

Community Development Block Grant Forms and Resources

Consolidated Plan

The proposed Community Development Block Grant 2019-2023 Consolidated Plan including the 2019 Annual Action Plan are available for public comment and review through June 20, 2019.  The Consolidated Plan serves as a comprehensive planning document discussing Hot Springs community development and housing needs with particular emphasis on decent housing, a suitable living environment, assisting and preventing homelessness, addressing special needs of members of the community, and expanding economic opportunities particularly for low- to moderate-income persons.  The Annual Action Plan identifies how the City plans to allocate $450,000 in federal grant funds during the 2019 fiscal year to meet the goals and objectives of the Consolidated Plan.  The Community Development Advisory Committee will hold public hearings to review the Consolidated and Annual Action Plan proposals on Tuesday, May 21 at 1:00pm and Thursday June 6 at 1:00pm in the Board Chambers at City Hall, 133 Convention Boulevard, Hot Springs, AR.  Written comments can be directed to Michelle Sestili, CDBG Administrator, City of Hot Springs, 133 Convention Blvd, Hot Springs, AR 71901 or 

2019 Applications

Community Development Block Grant Policies

Annual Action Plan

The Annual Action Plan is a one-year implementation strategy for each year of the Consolidated Plan, which describes how federal funds will be used to meet community development and housing needs in that year.

Amendment to Prior Plan Years to Reallocate Funds

The City of Hot Springs receives funds Annually from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for Community Development Block Grant programs. Annual expenditures are described in an Annual Action Plan each year.  An amendment is necessary to allow the change in use of HUD funding (24 CFR Section 91.505).  The purpose ans amendment is to (1) delete activities which will not be completed; (2) delete activities that become ineligible; and/or (3) reallocate unspent funds from projects completed under budget.  

The Consolidated Plan is a strategic plan addressing low- and moderate-income housing, community and economic development needs. It is a planning document that identifies the affordable housing, community and economic development short- and long-term needs, goals, priorities and objectives. The city identified the following priorities for the 2014-2018 Consolidated Plan:

1. Create suitable living environments and promote decent, affordable housing initiatives

2. Encourage business and job growth through targeted infrastructure improvements

3. Provide assistance, support and resources to affirmatively further fair housing, expand neighborhood revitalization and strengthen Continuum of Care service efforts The Consolidated Plan summarizes citizen participation and comments, agency consultations, housing and market analyses, and other factors that contributed to the development of plan objectives.

Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report

The Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER) is an annual report required by HUD detailing housing and community development activities undertaken by the city to meet priority needs as documented in the Consolidated Plan and Annual Action Plan.  The report summarizes the available resources, results of activities, number and type of households assisted, and evaluates performance in accomplishing the overall Consolidated Plan objectives.