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Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) 

Community Development Block Grant Program Overview

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program is a federal grant program authorized by the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended. The City of Watertown is an entitlement community under the program and receives annual grants to develop decent housing, a suitable living environment, and economic opportunities, principally for low and moderate income persons.

CDBG funds can be used to carry out a wide range of community development activities directed toward neighborhood revitalization, economic development, and the provision of improved community facilities and services.  Activities that can be carried out with CDBG funds include, but are not limited to: acquisition of property; clearance of deteriorated structures; renovation of housing; construction of streets, sewers and sidewalks; provision of public services; assistance to businesses that provide jobs for low-income persons; and assistance to low-income households in purchasing homes.


Citizen Participation


As part of the CDBG Program process, the City of Watertown is required to adopt and follow a Citizen Participation Plan that outlines ways in which the City will provide for and encourage citizen participation in the development of its CDBG Program.  The Citizen Participation Plan (see the link below) outlines a process that will ensure that low and moderate income residents and community organizations have ample opportunity to review and comment on all aspects of the City’s CDBG Program including the development of the Consolidated Plan and the Annual Action Plans as well as Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER).


2020 Citizen Participation Plan CARES Act Amendment

Citizen Participation Plan                                                                               

Consolidated Plan and Annual Action Plan


As part of the CDBG Program, the City must adopt a multi-year Consolidated Plan which describes community needs, resources, priorities, and proposed activities to be undertaken.  In addition, the City of Watertown must also submit an Annual Action Plan that describes the specific planned uses of the CDBG funds for the upcoming year.

2020 Annual Action Plan Amendment Narrative

Draft Annual Action Plan 2020

Annual Action Plan 2019

Draft 2018 Annual Action Plan Amendment

Draft Annual Action Plan 2018

Annual Action Plan 2017 - Amendment

Annual Action Plan 2017 - Adopted

Draft Annual Action Plan 2017

Consolidated Plan for Program Years 2016-2020 and Annual Action Plan for PY 2016 To be adopted 5/2/2016

Draft Amendment - Annual Action Plan 2015

Annual Action Plan 2015 - Adopted

Consolidated  Plan-Annual Action Plan Proposed Amendment

Adopted Consolidated Plan/Annual Action Plan

Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER)


The City of Watertown will monitor all projects to determine the effectiveness of its CDBG Program in meeting the described goals in the Consolidated Plan.  At the conclusion of each program year, the City will submit a CAPER to HUD.  See the link below for the current CAPER.

City of Watetown Draft Caper PY 2019-2020

City of Watertown Draft CAPER PY 2018-2019

City of Watertown Draft CDBG CAPER PY 2017-18  

City of Watertown Draft CDBG CAPER PY 2016-17                  

FY 2015-2016 CAPER                  

FY 2014-2015 CAPER                                           

Public Hearings and Public Comment Periods


The CDBG process and the Citizen Participation Plan require that several public hearings and public comment periods be held annually to obtain public comments.  Listed below are the most recent public hearing notices and public comment period notices.

CAPER for 2018-19 public hearing notice

CAPER - PY 2015 - Public Hearing Notice

CAPER 2014 - Public Hearing and 15 day Comment Period

Annual Action Plan 2015 - 30 Day Publuc Comment Period Notice 4/1/15

Annual Action Plan 2015-Public Meeting Notice 3/1/15

Consolidated Plan-Annual Action Plan Proposed Amendment-Public Hearing:30 Days 3/1/15

Consolidated Plan/Annual Action Plan 30-Day Comment Period Notice 6/13/14

Consolidated Plan/Annual Action Plan Public Hearing Notice 3/21/14     

Citizen Participation Plan Public Hearing notice 2/16/14                   

Citizen Participation Plan 30-Day Public Comment Period Notice 2/3/14

DRAFT Consolidated Plan for Program Years 2016-2020


CAPER Public Hearing (document coming soon)