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Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
What is CDBG?
The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) is an entitlement program that is administered through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Who receives CDBG funds?

HUD considers communities with populations greater than 50,000 as entitlement communities. Entitlement communities automatically receive a CDBG grant from HUD.  HUD calculates the  amount of CDBG grant funds for entitlement communities based on population size and the number of low-to-moderate income persons in the community.

The City of Rio Rancho receives the CDBG Entitlement Grant and has received the grant since 2000.  The amount changes each year but is typically more than $400,000 and provides neighborhood and public services to our low-to-moderate income residents and designated eligible areas or neighborhoods.

Applicants (sub-recipients) are awarded funding on an annual competitive basis to implement activities which meet the eligible criteria as established by HUD and the Goals and Objectives as defined in the City’s Consolidated Plan.  The CDBG program year is July 1 through June 30 each year; the same as the City’s fiscal year.

Program Year 2016 - 2017 Sub-recipient Application Packet
The City of Rio Rancho's CDBG Entitlement Grant program conducts an annual competitive funding process in which applicants submit requests for CDBG funding.  In order to qualify for award, applications must be for projects that meet HUD's National Objectives and be for activities deemed eligible by governing HUD regulations.  Applications for the 2016 - 2017 program year (July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017) will be available beginning December 1, 2015.

A mandatory pre-application workshop will be held on January 8, 2016 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the Rio Rancho City Hall Overflow Meeting Room, 3200 Civic Center Circle NE, Rio Rancho, NM 87144.

Completed applications must be submitted to the City's CDBG Staff no later than January 15, 2016 by 4:30 p.m.

Potential applicants may download the application and other useful information here:
2016-2017 Application Packet (Word) - Formatting works best if downloaded with Word 2013
2016-2017 Application Packet (PDF) - With fillable form fields
Link to HUD regulations
CDBG Guide to National Objectives and Eligible Activities
OMB Circulars

What is the 2013 – 2017 Consolidated Plan?

The 2013 – 2017 Consolidated Plan is a five-year strategic plan that describes the community development priorities and multi-year goals based on an assessment of housing and community development needs, an analysis of housing and economic market conditions and other available resources.

View 2013 – 2017 Consolidated Plan:
Cover Page

Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing (A/I)
Analysis of Impediments (Amended July 2015)

What is the Annual Action Plan?

The Annual Action Plan reflects the annual goals of the Consolidated Plan and is submitted to HUD as part of the CDBG Program.  To chart the course of achievement for goals and objectives established in the Consolidated Plan, the Annual Action Plan identifies the City’s implementation and administration plans for funds received through the Community Development Block Grant.

View the 2015 - 2016 Annual Action Plan:
Action Plan
City Census Tracts
Non-State Government Certification

View draft 2016 - 2017 Annual Action Plan:
Draft Action Plan 

The entitlement grant serves as the City’s primary financial resource to preserve and increase quality affordable housing, provide services to individuals and families in need, and to strengthen economic and workforce development in Rio Rancho.

The City encourages residents to participate in the engineering of community development efforts by giving citizens the opportunity to prioritize how funding should be invested in Rio Rancho neighborhoods.

View Citizen Participation Plan

To facilitate the goals and objectives of the Consolidated Plan, the City releases an application, or request for proposals, to non-profit agencies and City Departments interested in funding from the City’s CDBG Grant based on public input and recommendations made by the Capital Improvement Plan Citizen's Advisory Committee (CIPCAC).  The application process was done in January 2013 and the CIPCAC recommendations have been made part of the 2013 – 2014 First Annual Action Plan.

2014 - 2015 CAPER
Draft - Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) Program Year 2014

What is the Rio Rancho Housing Opportunity Program (RRHOP)?
The Rio Rancho Housing Opportunity Program (RRHOP), also known as the Down Payment Assistance Program (DPA), is a partnership between the City and various lending institutions.  The purpose of the program is to provide qualified first-time home buyers with a zero interest loan/grant to assist with purchasing a home.  No more than 50 percent of the required down payment and reasonable closing costs, up to a maximum of $5,000, may be awarded to qualified first time home buyers.

Do I qualify for RRHOP?
Interested persons should contact their local lenders to begin the “paperwork” to qualify for the program.  When you have prequalified, download the application using the links below and have your lender submit your documentation to:

City of Rio Rancho
Financial Services Department
3200 Civic Center Circle, NE  Suite 300
Rio Rancho, NM  87144-4501

Please allow City staff 10 – 14 business days from application submission to thoroughly review and process application packages.  Approximate closing dates should be scheduled according to completed application packet submission. A COMPLETED PACKET DOES NOT ENSURE AN APPROVAL OF FUNDS.  Funding for this program is limited and the City will post the information on this site when funds have been depleted.

Download the instructions and application packet:

Down Payment and Closing Cost Assistance Program Description

Lender Packet and Checklist

Income and Household Size Affidavit, Attachment A

Certification of Purchase, Attachment B

All questions and/or inquiries about the programs offered by the CDBG Grant should be directed to:

Candida Kelcourse, CDBG Grant Administrator                         
Financial Services Department                                          
3200 Civic Center Circle, NE, Suite 300               
Rio Rancho, NM  87144-4501                              
Phone:  (505) 896-8350                                       
Fax:  (505) 896-8766                                            

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