Grants & Programs
Community Development fosters sustainable, inclusive communities through collaboration with partners to reduce poverty and enhance economic development by providing access to housing and social services resulting in self-sufficiency for its most vulnerable populations.
*Jefferson County is not currently accepting 2020 CDBG applications at this time*
Community Development Block Grant Program - CDBG
The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is a flexible program that provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs.
Jefferson County elected to target the 2019 CDBG funds to the development of decent, safe and affordable housing, and contribute to the development of sustainable communities by preserving existing housing stock or promoting affordable rental or home ownership opportunities for Low-Moderate Income (LMI) families.
Community Services Block Grant Program - CSBG
The Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) provides funds to alleviate the causes and conditions of poverty in communities.
With advanced notice, Community Development can provide interpreters and translators free of charge. Community Development can also provide materials in alternative formats.
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- Community Development
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- Home Investments
- Private activity bonds
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
Community Services Block Grant (CSBG)
Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG)
The priority of this program is housing, economic development and infrastructure for low-income communities. Partners include private-sector businesses, local planning and zoning offices, economic development offices, and nonprofit organizations. Jefferson County receives an annual funding allocation from the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. These funds are to be used to develop viable communities by promoting integrated approaches that provide decent housing, a suitable living environment, and expand economic opportunities for low and moderate income (LMI) persons.
Jefferson County has elected to target the 2019 CDBG funds to the development of decent, safe and affordable housing, and contribute to the development of sustainable communities by preserving existing housing stock or promoting affordable rental or homeownership opportunities for LMI families.
To learn more about CDBG please review HUD's website.
Community Services Block Grant (CSBG)
Priority is employment, housing services, and emergency services to help individuals reach self-sufficiency. Partners include schools, faith-based and nonprofit organizations and employment organizations like government agencies and workforce centers. Jefferson County receives an annual funding allocation from the State of Colorado, Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) through the CSBG Program. These funds are to be used to alleviate the causes and conditions of poverty in communities and to achieve the following goals:
- Low-income people become more self-sufficient
- The conditions in which low-income people live are improved
- Low-income people own a stake in their community
- Partnerships among supporters and providers of services to low-income people are achieved
- Agencies increase their capacity to achieve results
- Low-income people, especially vulnerable populations, achieve their potential by strengthening family and other supportive systems.
To learn more about CSBG, please visit the Colorado Department of Local Affairs website. If you have any questions, call 303-271-8374.
Home Investments Partnership Program (HOME)
The priority of this program is affordable housing and it's partners include faith-based and nonprofit organizations.
Private Activity Bonds
What are Private Activity Bonds (PABs)?
PABs are tax-exempt bonds that can be issued for specific purposes by eligible entities including cities, counties and states and are subject to a volume cap allocation established each year by the federal government. They are used to raise investor capital to support specific and privately developed projects.
What is the purpose of Colorado’s PAB program?
Establish an orderly and equitable process of allocating tax-exempt PAB issuance authority.
Encourage private investment in housing, higher education, jobs, solid and hazardous waste treatment, and water and sewer facilities.
Encourage development in areas of the state where housing, higher education, jobs, and certain infrastructure improvements are most needed.
What types of projects qualify for PAB funding?
- Qualified Residential Rental Projects (Finance new construction or acquisition/rehabilitation of affordable housing). This is the primary use of PABs throughout the state
- Redevelopment bonds to acquire property in blighted areas and prepare land for redevelopment
- Manufacturing “Small Issue” Industrial Development Bonds (not to exceed $10 million)
- Hospital, health care, or nursing-home facilities
- Exempt Facility Bonds - Hazardous waste facilities, solid waste disposal facilities, water and sewer facilities, mass commuting facilities, local district heating and cooling facilities, local electric energy or gas facilities
- Facilities for private and not-for-profit institutions of higher education
- Mortgage credit certificates for qualified home buyers
The specifics of what qualifies is complicated because it is driven by federal tax regulations. In fact, a threshold requirement of the state and Jefferson County policy is that the project is reviewed by a nationally recognized bond counsel to determine if the applicant’s proposal qualifies.
How can I request Jefferson County’s PAB allocation?
The county has contracted with the Jefferson County Economic Development Council (JCEDC) as its marketing the program for possible projects in Jeffco. See resources and contacts (hyperlink)
Prior Usage of Jefferson County PAB Allocations:
2004: Assigned $4.0 million of the county’s PAB allocation to Lakewood Housing Authority
Issued approximately $2.2 million Industrial Development Revenue Bonds using PAB allocation for an industrial development facility (Epi-Center)
2005: Relinquished a portion of the county’s PAB allocation to the state to re-allocate approximately $8.4 million of that allocation to CHFA for a housing project (Castlegate Apartments)
2007: Assigned $3.0 million of the county’s PAB allocation to Adams County for an industrial development (TruStile Doors)
2008 thru 2013: Relinquished full PAB allocations to the state
2014: Assigned $8.5 million to city of Lakewood, Colorado, dba Metro West Housing Solutions for financing the construction and equipping of a four-building 95 unit rental housing project along the West Rail Line of RTD’s system known as Zephyr Line Apartments.
2015: Relinquished full PAB allocations to the state
2016: Assigned to Housing Authority of the city of Lakewood, Colorado, dba Metro West Housing Solutions for the financing of the construction and equipping of approximately 152 unit rental housing project for $10,051,850.00
2017: Assigned to Colorado Housing and Finance Authority for new construction of 54 units of housing (El Rancho Flats Project) in Evergreen, CO for $10,122,550.00
2018: Assigned to Colorado Housing and Finance Authority for its FirstStep Program, providing low and moderate-income families with mortgage loan financing in the amount of $10,715,933.
2019: Assigned to Metro West Housing Solutions (MWHS) for the rehabilitation of JCHA’s Caesar Square Apartments located in Wheat Ridge in the amount of $10,972,263.
Who do I contact for more information/to have my project considered for PAB assignment?
- Jeffco Community & Workforce Development Division
- Email Marie Wilkinson, administrative coordinator
- Jefferson County Economic Development Corporation
- Email JeffcoEDC
- Call: 303- 202-2965
- State of Colorado
- Email Ann Watts
- Call: 303-864-7820
- Visit the Colorado Private Activity Direct Allocation for Issuers (current year) web page