Marion County's Community Development program administers the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships, Emergency Rental Assistance, and Long Term Disaster Recovery programs.
About Marion County's Community Development Programs
The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program provides annual grants on a formula basis to states, cities, and counties 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. The program is authorized under Title 1 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, Public Law 93-383, as amended 42 U.S.C. 5301 et seq. Learn more about the CDBG program.
The HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) provides formula grants to states and localities that communities use - often in partnership with local nonprofit groups - to fund a wide range of activities including building, buying, and/or rehabilitating affordable housing for rent or homeownership or providing direct rental assistance to low-income people. HOME is the largest federal block grant to state and local governments designed exclusively to create affordable housing for low-income households. HOME funds are awarded annually as formula grants to participating jurisdictions (PJs). The program's flexibility allows states and local governments to use HOME funds for grants, direct loans, loan guarantees or other forms of credit enhancements, or rental assistance or security deposits. Learn more about the HOME program at HUD.gov.
The Emergency Rental Assistance program is an income-based program aimed at helping Marion County's most vulnerable tenants by providing one-time assistance to tenants who are past-due in rent as a result of financial hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The program will distribute $20.8 million of federal funds to assist eligible Marion County residents.
Households at or below 50% of Marion County's area median income receive a priority, as well as those where at least one member of the household is currently unemployed and has been unemployed for 90 days or more preceding the date of application.
The county has added priorities for qualifying seniors (age 58 years and above), families (at least one adult and one child in the household), victims of the 2020 wildfires in the Santiam Canyon, and those referred by Marion County department programs.