Measuring Community Impact
Salt Lake City is required by HUD to create the following documents:
- Consolidated Plan: 5 year road map on how funds are spent
- Action Plan: 1 year plan on how funds are intended to be used
- Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER): how funds were spent
The above documents provide a process through which we can start to measure the impact of these funds on the community. Come back soon for more information as we evaluate our progress towards our community goals. The following examples are just a few ways that the City’s allocation of funding is creating a healthy, sustainable and vibrant communities.
Grant Goals, Plans, and Reports
Consolidation Plan, Action Plan & CAPER
Salt Lake City is required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to create several plans and reports at various times.
A five-year Consolidated Plan, Neighborhoods of Opportunity, provides a five-year road map on how federal funds will be spent over the time period. This plan takes 18-24 months to create and extensively utilizes community outreach to gather data. Several components of the plan include a market analysis focused on the housing and job market, a community needs analysis which highlights the specific needs of our communities, a gaps analysis that looks broadly at all of the funding options and tools the City and local partners have to address the identified community needs- then highlights the gaps where the funding does not allow for the needs to be met, and finally a citizen participation component which details how residents such as yourself can be involved in the process.
During the 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan period, the City will leverage resources to address the housing, education, health, transportation and economic development needs of our city.
Prior to the start of a program year (July -June), Housing & Neighborhood Development produce an Action Plan. This plan details how the funds for that program will be used. It identifies specific programs/projects and how many people are anticipated to be served with the funding. This information is collected from applications that are submitted during the fall of the previous year. This plan is typically due to HUD on/around 45 days prior to the start of the year unless HUD notifies the city with an alternate date.
An annual report is produced at the end of the program year. This Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) is due to HUD 45 days after the end of the program year, typically around the end of September. This report details how well our community met the goals of that year.
Community Impact - Facade Grant Program
FACADE GRANT PROGRAM (NBIP)
This program started with the 2015-2016 program year. Since it’s inception, there has been a total of 47 business that have accessed $1,125,000 to improve and uplift their buildings.
Rockpick received $25,000 to enhance the exterior of their building. This included the following: repairing facade, paint, new doors, installation of energy efficient garage doors and windows.
“I found the administrators from the city (Rawleigh & Austin) to be very easy to work with. They went above and beyond to make the process work well and make sure I was kept up on the process. In the end, we got a new front door, a new garage door, and a new picture window. What a great program.” – Rick Dalrymple, Owner
A. Fisher Brewing Co
“At first the process seemed daunting but the staff did a great job of making it easy for us and I think as easy as possible for the contractor. This is a great program and HAND is excellent at leading the process and making it smooth and easy. I encourage anyone to take advantage of this program to improve their property and neighborhood.” – Jesse Hulse, Atlas Architects
Community Impact - Housing Trust Fund
HOUSING TRUST FUND
Established in 2000 by Salt Lake City leadership, the Housing Trust Fund has allocated millions of dollars to create, and rehabilitate thousands of affordable housing units throughout the city. Check back often, as we aim to continue pressing forward and provide affordable housing opportunities throughout the city.
Click here to find a map of the units that have been created or rehabilitated through the Housing Trust Fund.
Community Impact - Federal Grant Programs/Projects
FEDERAL GRANT PROGRAMS/PROJECTS
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Salt Lake – Digital Divide
Technology plays a critical part in our day to day life. Without access to computers and internet children can fall behind in school studies, struggle to stay on par with peer counterparts, and do not learn about ways they can maximize technology in their lives. With the assistance of Community Development Block Grant funding, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Salt Lake has been able to create a place where children of the Poplar Grove neighborhood can access the internet, communication technologies, and learn new technology-based skills. These grant funds specifically provided for high-speed wifi connectivity, computers, and other hardware, and provide for some teaching support. See the story below on how this access to technology is helping Poplar Grove kids rise above.
Community Development Corporation of Utah – Down Payment Assistance Program
Community Development Corporation of Utah has been a longstanding partner with Salt Lake City in providing affordable housing opportunities to low to moderate income families. CDCU provides homeownership counseling and economic development opportunities for families looking to purchase their first home. Using City HOME and CDBG, CDCU has helped make homeownership a reality for hard-working families in Salt Lake City.
First Step House – Peer Support Program
First Step House is a valued partner to Salt Lake City, having received both HOME and CDBG funds to support their mission of providing behavioral health services to the most vulnerable populations in our community. The Peer Support Specialist (PSS) is a unique position, as it is staffed by an individual who has successfully navigated the recovery process. The Peer Support Specialist, with the assistance of an evidence-based curriculum, tailors a wellness recovery plan to help clients pursue the skills and resources necessary for independence and self-sufficiency. The Peer Support Program has received CDBG Public Services funding for two years now and is showing promising results in the community.
Fourth Street Clinic – Medical Outreach Services Team – Health Services for Those Experiencing Homelessness
Fourth Street Clinic seeks out homeless individuals living in places not meant for habitation to provide desperately needed medical services. The Medical Outreach Services Team (MOST) is on the front line of locating and treating homeless individuals (often living in tents or shelters along the Jordan River) who are treatment resistant. Once the MOST team has established a relationship with a client outside the clinic, clients are more open to coming into the clinic to fill prescriptions, see a care provider, and even receive dental care.
The rapport the MOST team has with medically fragile and service resistant individuals is built on trust, trauma-informed care, and impeccable bedside manner. City CDBG funds are one of the many tools MOST has to make this work possible. Salt Lake City is humbled to work with such a dedicated program.
Neighborhood House – Early Childhood Education
Neighborhood House has been a long time partner of Salt Lake City, a recipient of City CDBG Public Service grants, and is a well-regarded provider of early childhood education services for low-income families. This story demonstrates the stabilizing power of community-based schools, especially for children and families experiencing homelessness.
NeighborWorks LIFT – Affordable Housing
NeighborWorks Salt Lake has been receiving HOME and CDBG funds from Salt Lake City for several years. The LIFT program was launched as a public-private partnership between Wells Fargo, NeighborWorks Salt Lake, and other nonprofit organizations. As you’ll see in the attached document, the LIFT program helps homebuyers with DPAs up to $15,000. This helped many low-income households in our community achieve sustainable homeownership all over Salt Lake City. We are so proud of our friends at NeighborWorks for being a huge part of this collaborative effort.