Community & Home Improvement

Oakland County Community & Home Improvement

OAKLAND COUNTY
Community & Home
Improvement


















OUR MISSION STATEMENT

Support strong sustainable and inclusive communities through quality affordable housing, community development, human services, and economic opportunities.









​​​​​Call to ​speak with an advisor: 248-858-0493
Housing Counseling: 248 -858-5402
Home Improvement: 248 858-5401
  • Oakland County's Community & Home Improvement Division is available by telephone or the office is accessible to the public by appointment only.
  • Office hours are 6:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. 
  • All must follow County COVID-19 screening and safety protocols to wear a mask and practice social distancing.

Oakland County's Community & Home Improvement Division has helped residents with their housing needs. And they have supported community development projects for more than 40 years. We are committed to ensuring fair and equal housing opportunities for all. 


NOTICE OF PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD

OAKLAND COUNTY

 DRAFT 2021-2025 CONSOLIDATED PLAN
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG)
Oakland County Home Consortium Home Investment Partnerships (HOME) Grant
DRAFT 2021 ACTION PLAN FOR CDBG, ESG and HOME

This notice invites public comment on the Oakland County Five Year (2021-2025) Consolidated Plan and first year Action Plan (2021) for the use of federal housing and community development funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  HUD grants include CDBG and ESG allocated to Oakland County serving as the Urban County on behalf of 53 partner communities and HOME funds allocated to the Oakland County HOME Consortium on behalf of 57 partner communities.

Urban County partners include Oakland County as lead agency and the cities of Auburn Hills, Berkley, Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Clarkston, Clawson, Farmington, Ferndale, Hazel Park, Huntington Woods, Keego Harbor, Lathrup Village, Madison Heights, Northville, Novi, Oak Park, Orchard Lake Village, Pleasant Ridge, Pontiac, Rochester, Rochester Hills, South Lyon, Sylvan Lake, Troy, Walled Lake, Wixom; townships of Addison, Bloomfield, Brandon, Commerce, Groveland, Highland, Holly, Independence, Lyon, Milford, Oakland, Orion, Oxford, Rose, Royal Oak, Springfield, West Bloomfield, White Lake; and villages of Beverly Hills, Franklin, Holly, Lake Orion, Leonard, Milford, Ortonville, Oxford and Wolverine Lake.  The Oakland County HOME Consortium members include the Urban County and its partners along with Farmington Hills, Pontiac, Royal Oak, Southfield and Waterford Township.

CBDG, HOME and ESG grants support a variety of programs to assist low-income persons. The Consolidated Plan is a 5-year comprehensive planning document that identifies overall housing and community development needs. It also outlines a strategy that establishes priorities for meeting those needs, identifies resources anticipated to be available, reports on the local housing market, population profile and other information to assist in making informed decisions.

The Consolidated Plan includes the first year (2021) Action Plan. The Action Plan discusses how the County and its partners will implement the Consolidated Plan during the first year and includes a list of programs and projects to be funded with CDBG, HOME and ESG resources.

The revised DRAFT Consolidated Plan and DRAFT Action Plan will be available for a 10-day public review and comment period from Tuesday, June 1, 2021 through and including Friday, June 11, 2021 at:

https://www.oakgov.com/advantageoakland/communities/Pages/Publications.aspx

Public comments may be submitted in writing via email to chi@oakgov.com or mailed to:

Oakland County Neighborhood & Housing Development, 250 Elizabeth Lake Rd #1900 Pontiac, MI 48341-0414. Paper copies are also available at the same address.

A virtual public hearing is scheduled on Friday June 11, 2021 at 10am to also receive public comments. The hearing can be accessed by dialing (301) 715-8592 or using the following link: https://zoom.us/j/91620578991?pwd=RVcrVTRPdHZaRThVY3ZUdGJHQW9wUT09

Both the call and the web may require passcode: 487770. 


DAVID COULTER OAKLAND COUNTY EXECUTIVE
June 1, 2021
Equal Opportunity Programs/Activities
 


NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

OAKLAND COUNTY DRAFT 2021-2025 CONSOLIDATED PLAN

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) 

Oakland County Home Consortium Home Investment Partnerships (HOME) Grant

DRAFT 2021 ACTION PLAN FOR CDBG, ESG and HOME


The Oakland County Neighborhood & Housing Development Division is finalizing its Program Year 2021-2025 five-year Consolidated Plan and Program Year 2021 Annual Action Plan. The Division is seeking input for how the county will invest funding from the Community Development Block Grant, HOME Investment Partnerships Program and Emergency Solutions Grant funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Notice is hereby given that the Citizens Advisory Council will host a virtual public hearing to receive comments on the FINAL Program Year 2021-2025 Consolidated Plan and FINAL Program Year 2021 Annual Action Plan on Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. for the purpose of hearing public comments.

All interested citizens are encouraged to attend the hearing by joining the meeting from their computer, tablet or smartphone via Zoom by dialing (312) 626-6799 or using the following link: 

https://zoom.us/j/99792487857?pwd=cDh3QjZvbXQ5R3J1akU5UTJDeDRnZz09

Webinar ID: 997 9248 7857

Passcode: 459819

Comments also will be received in writing or in person until 5:00 p.m. Thursday, April 8, 2021 at:

Neighborhood & Housing Development Division 250 Elizabeth Lake Road, Suite 1900 Pontiac MI 48341-0414 or via email at chi@oakgov.com


DAVID COULTER OAKLAND COUNTY EXECUTIVE
March 25, 2021
Equal Opportunity Programs/Activities




Oakland County's Neighborhood & Housing Development Division is committed to gathering citizen input to help guide how federal funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is used.  Please take 10-15 minutes to complete this brief questionnaire, and be part of the voice of your community.

You can take the Community Needs Survey by clicking the link below.  English and Spanish are available currently with other languages available soon.

The survey closed on Sunday, April 4, 2021.  The survey is now closed.  
  
If you would prefer a hard copy of this survey, please email or call the division to make arrangements by Friday, March 26, 2021 in order to return the completed survey by the deadline.  You may also print a copy at home and email, mail, or drop off the completed survey by the deadline. 
  
Oakland County Neighborhood & Housing Development Division 
250 Elizabeth Lake Rd., Suite 1900 
Pontiac, MI 48341 
  
If you have a disability and/or need help completing this survey, please contact the division at (248) 858-0493 or chi@oakgov.com.
DAVID COULTER OAKLAND COUNTY EXECUTIVE
March 4, 2021
Equal Opportunity Programs/Activities


NOTICE OF PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD

OAKLAND COUNTY DRAFT 2021-2025 CONSOLIDATED PLAN

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) 

Oakland County Home Consortium Home Investment Partnerships (HOME) Grant

DRAFT 2021 ACTION PLAN FOR CDBG, ESG and HOME


This notice invites public comment on the Oakland County  Five Year (2021-2025) Consolidated Plan and first year Action Plan (2021) for the use of federal housing and community development funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  HUD grants include CDBG and ESG allocated to Oakland County serving as the Urban County on behalf of 53 partner communities and HOME funds allocated to the Oakland County HOME Consortium on behalf of 57 partner communities.

Urban County partners include Oakland County as lead agency and the cities of Auburn Hills, Berkley, Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Clarkston, Clawson, Farmington, Ferndale, Hazel Park, Huntington Woods, Keego Harbor, Lathrup Village, Madison Heights, Northville, Novi, Oak Park, Orchard Lake Village, Pleasant Ridge, Pontiac, Rochester, Rochester Hills, South Lyon, Sylvan Lake, Troy, Walled Lake, Wixom; townships of Addison, Bloomfield, Brandon, Commerce, Groveland, Highland, Holly, Independence, Lyon, Milford, Oakland, Orion, Oxford, Rose, Royal Oak, Springfield, West Bloomfield, White Lake; and villages of Beverly Hills, Franklin, Holly, Lake Orion, Leonard, Milford, Ortonville, Oxford and Wolverine Lake.  The Oakland County HOME Consortium members include the Urban County and its partners along with Farmington Hills, Pontiac, Royal Oak, Southfield and Waterford Township.

CBDG, HOME and ESG grants support a variety of programs to assist low-income persons. The Consolidated Plan is a 5-year comprehensive planning document that identifies overall housing and community development needs. It also outlines a strategy that establishes priorities for meeting those needs, identifies resources anticipated to be available, reports on the local housing market, population profile and other information to assist in making informed decisions.

The Consolidated Plan includes the first year (2021) Action Plan. The Action Plan discusses how the County and its partners will implement the Consolidated Plan during the first year and includes a list of programs and projects to be funded with CDBG, HOME and ESG resources.

The DRAFT Consolidated Plan and DRAFT Action Plan will be available for a 30 day public review and comment period from Monday, March 15, 2021 through and including Thursday, April 15, 2021 at

https://www.oakgov.com/advantageoakland/communities/Pages/Publications.aspx

The document will also be available for review at the following locations:

Oakland County Neighborhood & Housing Development
250 Elizabeth Lake Rd #1900
Pontiac, MI 48341-0414
City of Farmington Hills,
Community Development
31555 Eleven Mile Rd.
Farmington Hills, MI 48336
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
City of Southfield
Housing Dept.
26000 Evergreen Rd
Southfield, MI 48037
248-796-4174
Waterford Township
Development Serv. Dept.
5200 Civic Center Dr
Waterford, MI 48329

DAVID COULTER OAKLAND COUNTY EXECUTIVE
March 5, 2021
Equal Opportunity Programs/Activities




NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

*originally posted in the Oakland Press on February 17, 2021

The Oakland County Neighborhood & Housing Development Division is developing its Program Year 2021-2025 five-year Consolidated Plan and identifying how the county will invest $5 million annually in Community Development block Grant, HOME Investment Partnerships Program and Emergency Solutions Grant funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The Division is seeking input on housing and community development needs and on how the money should be invested. Notice is hereby given that the Neighborhood & Housing Development Citizen Advisory Council will host a virtual public hearing on Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. for the purpose of hearing public comments.

All interested citizens are encouraged to attend the hearing by joining the meeting from their computer, tablet or smartphone via Zoom by dialing (312) 626-6799 or using the following link: https://zoom.us/j/92384481731?pwd=RWhwNmUyQnQ1ays5dFNSWGxVdU9DUT09.

Both the call and the web may require passcode: 087059. 

Comments will also be received in writing or in person until 5:00p.m. March 19, 2021 at:

Neighborhood & Housing Development Division 250 Elizabeth Lake Road, Suite #1900 Pontiac MI 48341-0414 or via email at chi@oakgov.com.



The Oakland County Neighborhood Housing & Development Division is receiving $2,033,828 of funding from the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG-CV) allocation from the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES). Eligible expenses must be directly related to the preparation, response, and mitigation of the impact of COVID-19 on the homeless, those who are currently receiving homeless assistance and to prevent additional homelessness from occurring.  These funds cannot be used for normal budgetary items.  Detailed records must be kept, and the program will be monitored closely for compliance. 

There are no match requirements. 

Costs associated with COVID-19 beginning March 16, 2020 are eligible. Reimbursement requests must be submitted minimally each quarter. 

You can find the applications for Oakland County's Emergency Solutions Grant-CV (ESG-CV)-Round 2 for Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing, and Shelter Operations including hotel reimbursement in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on Oakland County's homeless response system listed below.

The Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing application is available for download here.

The Shelter Operations application can be found here.

Only applicants that did not receive funding through the Oakland County Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG-CV)-Round 1 need to complete an application. 

Oakland County Neighborhood & Housing Development will not be hosting a workshop on this funding but are open to any questions or concerns.  Please contact Melissa Felice at felicem@oakgov.com and we will respond to the group. 

Applications are due by Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 4:00 p.m.

DAVID COULTER OAKLAND COUNTY EXECUTIVE
February 4, 2021
Equal Opportunity Programs/Activities




OAKLAND COUNTY, MICHIGAN NOTICE OF VIRTUAL PUBLIC HEARING


Program Year (PY) 2016-2020 Consolidated Plan Amendment Program Year (PY) 2019 Annual Action Plan Amendment

On March 27, 2020, The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), Public Law 116-136, was signed by President Trump. The CARES Act makes available supplemental Community Development Block Grant (CDBG-CV) funding for grants to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus (COVID-19). These grants provide flexibilities for CDBG and ESG grantees to expedite the use of grant funds to help address the challenges facing our nation during this historic public health crisis.

The next Oakland County allocation of funds under the CARES Act will be $3,999,312 (CDBG-CV). Oakland County Neighborhood & Housing Development will administer the funds. Prior to receipt of CARES Act funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of Community Planning and Development, Oakland County is required to prepare a formal substantial amendment to its PY 2016-2020 Consolidated Plan, PY 2019 Annual Action Plan to include CDBG-CV.

A virtual public hearing will be hosted by the Oakland County Neighborhood & Housing Development on Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 9:30 a.m. to obtain public comments concerning the required amendments.


Proposed Amendment to the PY 2019 Annual Action Plan for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG-CV) Activities and Use of CDBG-CV Funds

Activities                                                                                                     Allocation

Public Services (Emergency Rent/Mortgage/Utility/Food Relief)        $3,999,997

In accordance with U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) guidelines, the proposed PY 2016-2020 Consolidated Plan amendment, PY 2019 Annual Action Plan amendment must be published for public comment no less than 5 calendar days before it is submitted to HUD. The 5-day comment period will remain in effect until Wednesday, February 24 at 5:00 p.m.

Beginning on Monday, February 8, 2021 the proposed draft PY 2016-2020 Consolidated Plan amendment, PY 2019 Annual Action Plan amendment will be available here in this Public Notice.

Hard copies will be available for pickup at Oakland County Neighborhood & Housing Development Division, 250 Elizabeth Lake Road Suite 1900, Pontiac, MI 48341 by calling OCCHI at (248) 858-0493, Monday- Friday between 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. All interested persons may provide written comments prior to the public hearing to the Oakland County Neighborhood & Housing Development Division, 250 Elizabeth Lake Road, Pontiac MI 48341-0414 or by email at chi@oakgov.com prior to 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday June 3, 2020.

PLEASE NOTE: Pursuant to Gatherings and Facemask Order issued January 22, 2021, issued by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, participation in the public hearing will be made available via teleconference out of precaution and to limit the potential exposure of the public and staff to the COVID-19 virus. 

Members of the public are welcome to join the meeting and participate in the public hearing by joining the meeting from their computer, tablet or smartphone via Zoom here or at the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87366510917?pwd=MjFSdTVFNmdBVFBsOTR1enNNZmxPdz09.

They can also dial in using their phone via United States: +1 (312) 626-6799 Meeting ID: 873 6651 0917 Passcode: 646792

If you require special accommodations because of a disability, please contact Oakland County Neighborhood & Housing Development at (248) 858-0493 or TDD Hearing Impaired (248) 858-5511 at least three (3) business days in advance of the meeting.

Published 02/08/21: Oakland Press

DAVID COULTER OAKLAND COUNTY EXECUTIVE
February 4, 2021
Equal Opportunity Programs/Activities


Public Notice

NOTICE OF INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS & NOTICE OF FINDING
OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT ON THE ENVIRONMENT 

On or about November 30, 2020 the County of Oakland will submit a request to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Michigan State Field Office for the release of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Home Investment Partnership Program (HOME) and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funds under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended, the Cranston Gonzales National Affordable Housing Act, and the Homeless Emergency Assistance & Rapid Transition to Housing Act, to undertake projects known as CDBG, HOME, and ESG for the purpose of: 

  • Public facility, neighborhood and housing improvements and public services benefiting low income persons; 
  • Housing rehabilitation available to income qualified homeowners of single-family owner-occupied units and owner occupants of attached single family rental (2-4 units); 
  • Acquisition, rehabilitation or new construction of affordable housing for qualified homebuyers; 
  • Acquisition, rehabilitation or new construction of affordable housing for qualified renters (1-4 units); 
  • Operating expenses of Community Housing Development Organizations (CHDOs) when carrying out HOME funded rental projects; 
  • Fund qualified agency to perform data collection/evaluation through HMIS; 
  • Fund qualified agency to provide rental assistance and housing relocation and stabilization services for eligible homeless and or at risk for homelessness clients; and 
  • Fund qualified shelters for eligible essential services for homeless clients, shelter operations and organizational support. 

Amounts to be environmentally released are: 

CDBG $3,027,539 | HOME $2,503,285 

The activities proposed are Exempt (1), Categorically (2) or Environmentally Assessed (3) under HUD regulations at 24 CFR Part 58 from National Environmental Policy Act requirements. 

FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT 
The County of Oakland has determined that the projects will have no significant impact on the human environment. Therefore, an Environmental Impact Statement under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) is not required. Additional project information and an Environmental Review Record (ERR) that documents the environmental determinations for these projects is on file at Oakland County Neighborhood & Housing Development Division, 250 Elizabeth Lake Road, Suite 1900, Pontiac, Michigan and may be examined weekdays 8:30A.M. to 5:00 P.M. 

PUBLIC COMMENTS 
Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments on the ERR to Oakland County Neighborhood & Housing Development Division, 250 Elizabeth Lake Road, Suite 1900, Pontiac, Michigan, 48341. All comments received by December 15, 2020 will be considered by the County of Oakland prior to authorizing submission of a request for release of funds. 

RELEASE OF FUNDS 
The County of Oakland certifies to U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that David Coulter in his capacity as County Executive consents to accept the jurisdiction of the Federal Courts if an action is brought to enforce responsibilities in relation to the environmental review process and that these responsibilities have been satisfied. U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) of the certification satisfies its responsibilities under NEPA and related laws and authorities and allows the County of Oakland to use Program funds. 

OBJECTIONS TO RELEASE OF FUNDS 
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will consider objections to its release of funds and the County of Oakland certification received by December 30, 2020 or for a period of 15 days following its actual receipt of the request (whichever is later) only if they are on one of the following bases: (a) the certification was not executed by the Certifying Officer of the County of Oakland; (b) the County of Oakland has omitted a step or failed to make a decision or finding required by HUD regulations at 24 CFR Part 58; (c) the grant recipient or other participants in the project have committed funds or incurred costs not authorized by 24 CFR Part 58 before approval of a release of funds by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) or (d) another Federal agency acting pursuant to 40 CFR Part 1504 has submitted a written finding that the project is unsatisfactory from the standpoint of environmental quality. Objections must be prepared and submitted in accordance with the required procedures (24 CFR Part 58) and shall be addressed to U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), McNamara Federal Building, 477 Michigan Avenue, Detroit, Michigan 48226. Potential objectors should contact U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to verify the actual last day of the objection period. 


DAVID COULTER OAKLAND COUNTY EXECUTIVE
November 30, 2020
Equal Opportunity Programs/Activities

Public Notice

OAKLAND COUNTY, MICHIGAN PUBLIC NOTICE
 Program Year (PY) 2019 Annual Action Plan Substantial Amendment
 for 
CARES Act Emergency Solutions Grant Funds – 2nd Allocation
 September 21, 2020

On June 9, 2020, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded Oakland County a second allocation of Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG-CV2) funds in the amount of $2,033,828, as authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), Public Law 116-136.  These special ESG-CV2 funds will be used to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus among individuals and families who are homeless or receiving homeless assistance; and to support additional homeless assistance and homelessness prevention activities to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19.   

Receiving ESG-CV2 funds requires Oakland County to prepare a substantial amendment to its PY 2019 Annual Action Plan to include the use of ESG-CV2 funds.
 

ESG-CV2 Activities and Use of ESG-CV2 Funds

                    Activities                                                                                   Allocation             
                    Administration                                                                             $75,000
                    Homeless Management Information System (HMIS)            $50,000
                    Shelter Operations - Hotel Rooms                                            $600,000
                    Shelter Operations-COVID Expenses                                        $350,000
                    Homeless Prevention/Rapid Rehousing Activities                  $958,828
                    Total                                                                                              $2,033,828

Administration: Staffing to plan, prepare documentation and contracts, reimburse and monitor vendors, complete reports and administer programs.

HMIS: Train staff and implement the federally mandated Homeless Management Information System to transmit ESG-CV2 data to the federal level.

Shelter Operations: Provide temporary non-congregate shelter options including hotel rooms, food, case management and related support services.

Fund COVID-19 shelter related staff hazard-pay and additional staffing, cleaning supplies, personal protection equipment and client transportation costs to and from medical care.

Homeless Prevention and Rapid Rehousing Activities: Fund delinquent rents to prevent evictions and homelessness and quickly rehouse people residing in temporary shelters.  Costs include short and medium-term rent, security deposits, application fees, utility deposits, case management and direct program operations costs.


DAVID COULTER OAKLAND COUNTY EXECUTIVE
Equal Opportunity Programs/Activities


COVID-19 Rent, Mortgage & Utility Relief Program

Oakland County is dedicating more than $3 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) COVID-19 funds from the federal CARES Act to help eligible citizens pay up to three months of past-due rent, mortgage and utilities due to COVID-19 hardships. This program provides a one-time grant for eligible households.

Click here to learn more.

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