Mayor's Office of Economic and Community Development (MOECD)

Sherry Risk, Director
105 McFarland Street 
Charleston, WV 25301 
P: (304) 348-8035 
F: (304) 348-0704

 

Hours of operation:
Monday thru Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Closed Saturday and Sunday

The Mayor's Office of Economic and Community fosters public, private, and intergovernmental collaborations to improve and develop a viable, urban community. Utilizing these assets MOECD's mission is to provide safe, decent housing, suitable living environments and expanding economic opportunities targeted to low-to-moderate income persons.

Staff Summer Fleck, General Information (304) 348-8035

For additional information, questions or comments, please contact the MOECD via email to: moecd@cityofcharleston.org.

 

PUBLIC MEETING DATES:

  • Thursday, December 13, 2018 6:00-7:30 p.m. North Charleston Community Center, 2009 7th Avenue, Charleston, WV
  • Thursday, January 24, 2019 1-2:30 p.m. City Service Center, Parking Building #1, 915 Quarrier Street, Charleston, WV
  • Thursday, March 21, 2019 6:00-7:30 p.m. Martin Luther King Community Center, 314 Donnally Street, Charleston, WV

For More information on these meetings CLICK HERE

 

MOECD PROGRAMS

Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG)

The primary objective of the CDBG Program is the development of viable communities, including decent housing, suitable living environments and expanding economic opportunities, principally for low and moderate income residents.

CDBG is an acronym for the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Community Development Block Grant program.  The CDBG program is authorized under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended.  Its primary objective is the development of viable urban communities.  Viable communities are achieved by providing:

  • A decent housing
  • A suitable living environment; and
  • Expanded economic opportunities, principally for low and moderate-income people.

The CDBG program grew out of eight programs:

  • Open Space
  • Urban Renewal
  • Neighborhood Development Program grants
  • Historic Preservation grants
  • Model Cities supplemental grants
  • Public Facilities loans
  • Neighborhood Facilities grants
  • Water and Sewer grants

Eligible activities under the CDBG program include the following:

 

  • Acquisition of real property
  • Disposition of real property
  • Public facilities and improvements
  • Clearance, demolition of property
  • Public services
  • Loss of rental income
  • Housing services
  • Housing rehabilitation
  • Code enforcement
  • Historic preservation
  • Special economic development
  • Planning
  • Fair housing

While all of these activities are eligible based on the HUD CDBG regulations, only the activities ranked high or medium in the city's Consolidated Plan will be funded through the city's CDBG program.  However, the city may write letters of support on behalf of agencies seeking funding from other sources for activities determined to have a low ranking.

In addition to being eligible, proposed activities must meet at least one national CDBG program objective:

  • Benefit low and moderate-income people;
  • Eliminate or prevent slums or blight;
  • Address urgent needs posing a serious and immediate threat to the health and welfare of the community.

Funds are awarded to non-profit organizations on a competitive basis.  An application must be completed and submitted to the Mayor's Office of Economic and Community Development.

Charleston Owner-Occupied Rehab Programs (CORP) 

  • Owner Rehab - up to $20,000 forgivable loan
  • {50% and below income guidelines - forgivable loan}
  • {51% to 80% income guidelines - 3% 10-year loan}

HOME Program and HOME Blend Program (First Time Home Buyers) - both are designed to assist low-mod persons in becoming a homeowner. 

THE CITY HAS LIMITED FUNDS, THE SUBMISSION OF AN APPLICATION DOES NOT GUARANTEE THAT ASSISTANCE WILL BE RECEIVED.

FUNDING CYCLE

The City's CDBG program operates on the fiscal year, with new funding becoming available every July 1. During each program year, MOECD holds at least 2 to 3 public hearings to receive input from citizens and non-profit organizations regarding its program and policies. Applications are due in early February for funds to be disbursed after July 1 of the same year. Amendments to the Block Grant budget are advertised in the local newspapers for 30 days prior to funding availability in order to receive citizen input. All recipients of the Block Grant program are required to sign an agreement with the City at the beginning of the funding cycle.

FY 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan

The City of Charleston is currently working under its FY 2015 through FY 2019 Five Year Consolidated Plan for the period. The Consolidated Plan is a strategic document to implement Federal programs for housing, and community & economic development activities within the City of Charleston. The Consolidated Plan is a requirement of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Home Investment Partnership (HOME) programs. This Consolidated Plan covers the period beginning July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2019.