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Housing and Block Grant Programs

DRAFT 2016/17 Springfield CDBG One-Year Action Plan – 30 Day comment period

The Consolidated Plan is amended each year through the submission of a One-Year Action Plan. The 2016 Action Plan describes the activities that Springfield plans to support with CDBG funds from July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017. This draft is currently available for public comment from March 25, 2016 through April 25, 2016. Please submit comments in writing to:

Erin Fifield
225 Fifth St
Springfield, OR 97477
efifield@springfield-or.gov

A public hearing will also be held on April 7, 2016 at 5:30pm in the Jesse Main Room in City Hall. 225 Fifth St, Springfield, OR 97477.

Proposed Substantial Amendments to previous Action Plans – 30 Day comment period

Springfield proposes to amend previous action plans through substantial amendments. A draft of these proposals can be found here. This draft is currently available for public comment from March 25, 2016 through April 25, 2016. Please submit comments in writing to:

Erin Fifield
225 Fifth St
Springfield, OR 97477
efifield@springfield-or.gov

A public hearing will also be held on April 7, 2016 at 5:30pm in the Jesse Main Room in City Hall. 225 Fifth St, Springfield, OR 97477 during the Springfield Community Development Advisory Committee (CDAC) meeting.

If you have any questions about the Draft Action Plan, the proposed Substantial Amendments, and/or the Public Hearing, please get in touch with Erin Fifield at the email/phone number below.

The City of Springfield uses Federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) funds from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to assist with affordable housing development, housing-related services, neighborhood revitalization, public improvements, and downtown redevelopment activities. The primary purpose of the CDBG and HOME programs is to benefit low- and moderate-income persons. Springfield’s CDBG program is planned and conducted so that each project or activity meets at least one of the three national CDBG program objectives: benefits low- and moderate income persons; prevents or eliminates slums and blight; and meets an urgent need posing a serious and immediate threat to the health or welfare of the community where other financial resources are not available. Springfield invests CDBG funds in the areas of children and youth, disabled and elderly, at-risk populations, support to social services, job creation, and housing assistance. The Eugene-Springfield HOME Consortium program is planned and conducted so that each project or activity provides decent, safe, and affordable housing for low-income and special needs populations. Go to the Housing Programs page for more details.

The Fair Housing Council of Oregon (FHCO) provides fair housing services and responds to questions and complaints having to do with housing discrimination. If you feel that you have been discriminated against in seeking or maintaining housing, please contact the FHCO at 1-800-424-3247 or visit their website at www.fhco.org.

The Eugene-Springfield Consolidated Plan is a document that Eugene and Springfield must submit to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development to be eligible to receive federal housing and community development funds like CDBG and HOME. This five-year strategic plan helps the Cities select the projects and activities they supports with HUD funds. The 2010 Consolidated Plan is effective during the period from July 1, 2010 through July 30, 2015, and the 2015 Consolidated Plan will be effective from July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2020. For comprehensive information regarding the Consolidated Plan, please visit the joint Consolidated Plan page on the City of Eugene’s website.

Contact Us:
For questions regarding Springfield’s Housing Programs:
Penny Olsen, Housing Programs Assistant
541-726-2358
polsen@springfield-or.gov

For questions regarding CDBG contracts:
Neil Obringer, Management Analyst
551-726-1032
nobringer@springfield-or.gov

For questions regarding Springfield’s CDBG program:
Erin Fifield, Community Development Analyst
541-726-2302
efifield@springfield-or.gov

The City of Springfield does not discriminate against any individual on the basis of age, race, sex, color, marital status, familial status, national origin, religion or disability.

Housing Programs

The City of Springfield collaborates with several agencies to provide permanent, new affordable rental and homeownership housing. These units meet stringent Housing Quality Standards established by HUD and are available to low- and very low-income households. Some units are reserved for persons with developmental and/or physical disabilities. The City also provides support for agencies who acquire housing in less than ideal condition, completely renovate the structure using new, energy efficient materials and construction methods and provide safe, comfortable, and affordable rental or ownership housing to low-income families. In addition, the City supports low- and very-low income homeowners with the following programs:

Springfield Home Ownership Program

The Springfield Home Ownership Program (SHOP) was created to encourage home ownership in Springfield by assisting Low-Income residents with the first-time purchase of a home. The City can loan up to $7,000 toward the down payment and related costs of buying a qualified home in Springfield. The loan is interest-free and repayment is generally not required until the home is sold, refinanced, or transferred. The buyer must contribute at least 50 percent of the minimum down payment required by the primary lender.

Springfield Home Improvement Program

The Springfield Home Improvement Program (SHIP) was created to help Low-Income homeowners maintain the condition of their home by providing zero-interest, deferred payment loans up to $18,600 for repairs including, but not limited to: heating; roofing; painting; doors; windows; dry rot; foundation; electrical; weatherization; plumbing; structural; and handicap access. The home must be owner-occupied and must be located within the Springfield City Limits. The loan is deferred until the home is sold, refinanced, deeded away, or is no longer the principle residence of the applicant.

Emergency Home Repair Program

This program provides Emergency Home Repair (EHR) services to Very Low-Income Springfield homeowners. Repairs must be urgent in nature, meaning that the condition to be repaired must pose an immediate health or safety hazard to the occupant or will cause significant decay to the structure if left unabated. Up to $2,000 is available to a household over a five-year period for urgent home repairs that will enhance health, safety, or accessibility. All work is performed by licensed and bonded contractors hired and paid by the City. IMPORTANT: The City is unable to pay for any work that was not approved and ordered by EHR program staff.

CHORE Home Maintenance Program

The purpose of the CHORE Program is to aid qualified Very Low-Income Springfield seniors and disabled homeowners in caring for themselves at home by providing assistance with home and yard maintenance that is beyond their physical and financial ability. This program provides up to $250 per year in home and yard care services provided by licensed and bonded contractors hired and paid by the City. Examples of services include: mowing lawns; raking leaves; trimming shrubs and trees; washing exterior windows; cleaning rain gutters; hauling yard debris; install/remove storm windows; de-mossing roofs and walkways; cleaning up after windstorms; and other safety/maintenance issues. As a result of reductions to the federal budget all funding for the CHORE Program has been exhausted.

Emergency Rental Assistance Program

This program provides one-time emergency assistance to Very Low-Income residents facing eviction for non-payment of rent. Households must meet strict eligibility requirements. As a result of reductions to the federal budget all funding for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program has been exhausted.

Additional Resources

Springfield Home Maintenance Guide. Download this handy home maintenance manual that provides tips on how to perform basic home repairs and maintenance. Adobe Reader is required to view this file. You may download a free version of Adobe Reader here.)

How to Apply

  1. Review the HUD income limits to determine if you or someone you know is eligible for these programs.
  2. Determine whether your home is within Springfield’s City Limits.
  3. Eligible Springfield residents must complete an Application Form and return it to the City, along with income and/or disability documentation.
  4. Please note that funding for all programs is limited, and clients are admitted on a first-come, first-served basis.
  5. Questions? Contact Us!

DPW Forms, Documents, and Plans

Housing and Community Development Forms, Documents, and Plans

Form, Document, or Plan Notes and additional information
Eugene-Springfield Consolidated Plan 2010-2015 5 Year Strategic Plan for Housing and Community Development
Current Eugene-Springfield One Year Action Plan Annual Update to the Consolidation Plan
Current Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) Annual Report for CDBG and HOME programs
Springfield Home Maintenance Manual
Springfield Home Ownership Program (SHOP) Forms
Fund Request Form (do this first!)
Application Form
SHOP Brochure

Stormwater Forms, Documents, and Plans

Form, Document, or Plan Notes and additional information
Stormwater Facilities Master Plan Updated October, 2008
Stormwater Management Plan Updated March, 2010
Stormwater Annual Report July, 2014-June, 2015
TMDL Implementation Plan
TMDL 6th Year Review Report

Transportation Forms, Documents, and Plans

Form, Document, or Plan Notes and additional information
Bicycle Plan Adopted 1998
Transportation System Plan Links outside of the City site.

Wastewater Forms, Documents, and Plans

Form, Document, or Plan Notes and additional information
Wastewater Master Plan Updated 2008

HUD Income Limits

All of Springfield’s Housing Programs are available to income-eligible households only. Very Low-Income households earn less than 50% of the area median income, as determined by HUD. Other Low-Income (sometimes referred to as Moderate-Income) households earn less than 80% of the area median income. Click here to see the maximum allowable household income by household size. The amounts reflect the total annual income for the household. Please note that certain assets contribute to household income, and different housing programs have different income requirements, as listed in the program descriptions.

These income limits are subject to change upon notification by HUD. If you have a question regarding your household income, pleases Contact Us.

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