U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) Grants
Each year, the City of Paramount receives Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) funds from HUD. The Community Development Department, Housing Services Division is responsible for administering these funds.
CDBG funds provide resources to improve the physical, economic, and social conditions in the community principally to benefit low- and moderate-income residents. While spending priorities are determined at the local level, the program is primarily intended to provide affordable housing, establish and maintain a suitable living environment, and expand economic opportunities for low and moderate-income residents. HOME funds are intended to preserve existing affordable housing and to expand affordable housing options in the community.
For more about the City of Paramount’s CDBG or HOME program contact:
Karina Lam Liu, Finance Director
16400 Colorado Avenue
Paramount, CA 90723
Esther Luis, CDBG Consultant
16400 Colorado Avenue
Paramount, CA 90723
EMERGENCY MORTGAGE ASSISTANCE AND EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE GRANT PROGRAM
The City has launched its Emergency Mortgage Assistance and Emergency Rental Assistance grant programs with funding from the Federal government’s CARES Act. Paramount homeowners or renters who have lost income because of COVID-19 can get one-time grants to help with mortgage or rent payments or utility payments. To qualify you must meet certain income limits.
The maximum amount of assistance is $1,000 per month for two consecutive months. The grant is paid directly to the mortgage company, landlord, or utility company, and does not need to be paid back.
Funds are limited. Therefore, a virtual lottery will be conducted on Monday, July 20 at 4:00 p.m. to determine the order that applications will be reviewed. Applications are due at City Hall no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, July 17.
The guidelines, application, and frequently asked questions can be found below. You can also pick up an application at Paramount City Hall, 16400 Colorado Ave. or have one mailed to you by calling 562.220.2036.
Guidelines, Application, and Frequently Asked Questions
Emergency Rental Assistance - English
Emergency Rental Assistance Application - Spanish
Emergency Mortgage Assistance Application - English
Emergency Mortgage Assistance Application - Spanish
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT FUNDING RELATED TO THE CARES ACT
The United States Congress recently passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and the President signed it into law on March 27, 2020 authorizing $2.2 trillion in a variety of stimulus measures to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Included in that legislation are $2 billion for the Community Development Block Grant (referred to as “CDBG-CV”) programs, of which, the City of Paramount will receive $466,928 in CDBG-CV funds. The links below outline the proposed expenditure of City CDBG-CV funds as will be considered by the City Council on May 19, 2020.
- Public Hearing Notice for May 19, 2020 – Amendments to 2019-2021 Consolidated Plan and 2019-2020 Annual Action Plan
- Aviso de audiencia pública para el 19 de mayo de 2020 — Modificaciones del Plan Consolidado 2019-2021 y del Plan de Acción Anual 2019-2020
- Draft Amendment to 2017-2021 Consolidated Plan and 2019-2020 Annual Action Plan
DRAFT ONE-YEAR ACTION PLAN (2020-2021)
The City of Paramount has prepared its draft One-Year Action Plan (July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021) and is seeking public comment from interested residents.
The Action Plan establishes the programs and activities to be undertaken using CDBG and HOME funds during the 2020-2021 program year. The City anticipates receiving $793,735 of CDBG funds and $309,301 of HOME funds for the 2020-2021 program year.
Please click the link to access the Draft One-Year Action Plan (2020-2021)
GRANTS PLANNING DOCUMENTS
To receive CDBG and HOME funds, the City develops a Consolidated Plan every five years. This plan includes a comprehensive assessment of housing, community and economic development needs in Paramount and provides a five-year strategy to address identified needs. The current Consolidated Plan was approved by the City Council on May 2, 2017 to cover program years 2017-2018 through 2021-2022
Assessment of Fair Housing
The Assessment of Fair Housing is a five-year planning document that examines housing and demographic data to identify fair housing issues, determines contributing factors and establishes goals to take meaningful actions to address and overcome any fair housing issues identified. The draft Assessment of Fair Housing identified three fair housing issues in Paramount, including access to opportunity, disabled access and access to decent affordable housing. The current Assessment of Fair Housing was approved by the City Council on October 4, 2016 to cover program years 2017-2018 through 2021-2022.
Citizen Participation Plan
The Citizen Participation Plan provides the City of Paramount’s procedures for encouraging citizen participation in the grants planning process for HUD-funded programs and projects. The current Citizen Participation Plan was approved by the City Council on August 2, 2016.
The Action Plan is Paramount’s annual CDBG and HOME funding strategy that identifies the programs and projects to receive CDBG and HOME funds each year. Each Action Plan covers a single program year beginning July 1 and ending June 30.
2019-2020 Action Plan
Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Reports
At the conclusion of each Program Year, the City is required by HUD to report on its progress toward meeting the goals and objectives of the annual Action Plan and five-year Consolidated Plan.
The following websites provide additional information about the CDBG and HOME program rules and regulations:
- CDBG Regulations
- HOME Regulations
- U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development – Office of Community Planning and Development
- HUD Resource Exchange
- Fair Housing Foundation | Orange County