Community Development

Responsibilities


The City of Battle Creek’s Community Development Division supports neighborhoods by administering federal programs and coordinating planning efforts. It administers the Federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership formula grant programs. It also coordinates, in partnership with other local agencies, the HUD Lead Hazard Control Program and CHIP Medicaid Lead Safe Program.
 

Public Comment Periods and Public Hearings

The City of Battle Creek periodically requests input from the public on the Consolidated Plan, Annual Action Plan, and Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report in the form of public comment and public hearings. When a public comment period is open, information about dates and how to submit comments will be provided here. Notice of Public Hearing details will also be provided here.  


 

HOME-ARP Homelessness Reduction Grant

The City of Battle Creek has received a special allocation of the HOME Investment Partnership Program through the 2021 American Rescue Plan (HOME-ARP) in the amount of $1,094,358 from the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Battle Creek’s draft HOME-ARP Allocation Plan describes how the City intends to distribute HOME-ARP funds locally and residents are invited to review and comment on the draft plan. The four eligible HOME-ARP activities include: 
 
 (1) Development and support of affordable housing;
 (2) tenant-based rental assistance (TBRA);
 (3) Provision of supportive services; and
 (4) Acquisition and development of non-congregate shelter units.

The draft HOME-ARP Allocation Plan will be available for public review and comment for a 15-day period beginning July 13, 2022 until July 29, 2022.
 
 The Batle Creek City Commission will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, July 19 at 7:00p.m. or as soon thereafter in the city commission chambers room 301, City Hall, 10 N. Division St. for the purpose of:
 
  1. Providing citizens with the amount of HOME-ARP funds that will be available and the range of activities and/or projects to be undertaken.
  2. Providing citizens with an opportunity to express their views on housing and community development needs related to the use of HOME-ARP funds.
  3. Encouraging citizens to participate in the development, evaluation and implementation of the City’s HOME-ARP Allocation Plan, including any comments that may be deemed appropriate for modification.


Consolidated Plan

Every 5 years, the City of Battle Creek is required to create a Consolidated Plan that describes how the city will allocate Community Development Block Grant and HOME Investment Partnership funds to meet the needs of low- and moderate-income persons in Battle Creek. The 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan and 2020 Annual Action Plan is attached. 

Annual Action Plan

 

Each program year, the City of Battle Creek reports to HUD how it plans to spend Federal Community Development funding in its Annual Action Plan. The 2020-21 Annual Action Plan is contained in the 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan. 


Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER)


After the end of each program year (June 30th), the City of Battle Creek is required to report the accomplishments of the CDBG and HOME programs to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in a document called the Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER). Below is the most recent CAPER. 


Housing Rehab Programs


Community Development administers a CDBG-funded Minor Home Repair Program.
 

More Information

Look at data and learn more about Battle Creek with Neighborhood Intel.

NPC Indicator Maps: Click on map to access Special Reports, specific NPC maps are located at bottom of page.

NPC 2 Indicator Maps for 2014