The City of Lewiston is a U.S Department of Housing and Community Development (HUD) entitlement city, receiving Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) funding. Since its inception in 1974, this department has administered $40 million in CDBG funding providing a myriad of programs and services including rehabilitation, infrastructure improvements, park improvements, facade improvements downtown, and funds a broad range of social services.
In addition to the CDBG funding, community development administers $4.9 million in other federal, state and local grants including Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Brownfields Program grants, HUD lead hazard control funding, Neighborhood Stabilization Program funding, Auburn-Lewiston HOME Consortium Grant for Lewiston. Other services provided in the department include:
Analyze housing data, prepare plan, set goals and administer the Action Plan, Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing, and 5-Year Consolidated Plan
Conduct Section 106 Historic Preservation Review
Environmental Review process for new development
Manage the loan portfolio for rental development, housing and commercial loan programs
Provide technical assistance to all applicant types for the programs offered in the department
Underwrite loans for new rental development involving tax credits, historic credits, commercial rehabilitation, housing rehabilitation, owner occupied repair and home buyers purchase