Boykin Community Center
400 Boykin St.
The Community Services Department administers the daily operation of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. The City is designated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as an Entitlement City, which means it receives an annual allocation of CDBG funds. The City's annual allocation over the past three years average $609,646. The City of Auburn has been a CDBG entitlement city since 2000 and has utilized the funds for a broad range of capital projects that preserve and develop a viable community, decent housing and a suitable living environment, and expands economic opportunities principally to benefit low to moderate income residents. The CDBG program is a flexible program that provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs.
The City maintains a 5-year Consolidated Plan that is approved by the City Council and serves as a guide for annual funding priorities through the CDBG Program. The 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan was approved by City Council on March 17, 2020 and amended on July 21, 2020., The Community Services Department annually gauges the highest areas of need in the community by gathering public input from subrecipients and other beneficiaries of the CDBG Program as well as evaluating housing needs in the community. The Community Services Department then allocates the City’s CDBG funds to assist in meeting the needs of the community based on priorities obtained from public input and develops the City’s CDBG Annual Action Plan which is also approved by City Council.
The City carefully considers and strategically allocates resources provided by HUD annually from the CDBG funds to support housing rehabilitation, emergency shelter for the homeless; utility, rental, mortgage assistance, public infrastructure projects (street resurfacing, drainage, etc.), down-payment and closing-cost assistance for homebuyers; and senior, family and youth programs. Over the last three years, the City completed 11 housing habilitation projects and provided homeless assistance for 132 people using CDBG funds. The City also invested in programs like the Boys and Girls Club, Auburn Day Care, Joyland Child Development Center, Auburn Senior Center, and the Food Bank of East Alabama, directly impacting 1,918 youth, 1,145 seniors, and 815 families in the Auburn community. The City's total CDBG investment of CDBG funds over the last three years (January 2018 – December 2020) in programs and services to benefit low- to moderate-income families is $1.77 million.
The City is always eager to receive input from the community to further enhance our program to support the needs of the community. The Community Development Department invites citizen feedback at the 2021 action plan meetings, announced through the City's website at auburnalabama.org and eNotifier, the City's email and text notification system. Sign up to receive announcements at auburnalabama.org/eNotifier.