In 2019, Pinal County was designated an urban county under the U.S. Department of
Housing and Urban Development Entitlement Program. Under this program, Pinal County is
allocated funding under the CDBG, HOME, and ESG programs. Funding is provided if the
County submits a five year consolidated plan, an annual action plan, an analysis of
impediments to fair housing plan, a public participation plan, and a consolidated annual
performance and evaluation report.
As part of the entitlement process Pinal County communities may elect each three year
qualifying period to join the County, execute an Agreement, and receive funding under the
County’s allocation. Four Pinal County communities have executed an agreement: Eloy,
Florence, Mammoth, and Maricopa.
Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG)
Each year, Pinal County engages its citizens to identify projects to be funded under the
CDBG program. There are several public meetings and public hearings before the Board of
Supervisors to identify projects and approve the Annual Action Plan (AAP). The following
projects were funded under the CDBG program:
- FY19 AAP: $147,453 Administration
- FY19 AAP: $241,675.15 Owner Occupied Housing Rehabilitation Program
- FY19 AAP: $179,511 Colonial del Sol sewer line engineering
- FY19 AAP: $732,849.85 Florence waterline improvements
- FY20 AAP: $126,503 Administration
- FY20 AAP: $213,300 San Manuel park improvements
- FY20 AAP: $869,405 Hopi Hills waterline and fire hydrant improvements
- FY20 AAP: $110,000 Dudleyville park improvements
- FY20 AAP: $130,000 Florence ADA sidewalk installation
- FY20 AAP: $130,000 Eloy Main Street park improvements
- FY20 AAP: $130,000 Maricopa multiuse path
- FY20 AAP: $130,000 Mammoth water system improvements
- FY21 AAP: $146,635 Administration
- FY21 AAP: $1,167,410 Hopi Hills waterline and fire hydrant improvements
- FY21 AAP: $130,000 Florence ADA sidewalk installation
- FY21 AAP: $130,000 Eloy Jones park improvements
- FY21 AAP: $130,000 Maricopa underground utility project
- FY21 AAP: $130,000 Mammoth water system and park improvement projects
Projects under the CDBG program must address one of three national objectives established by HUD.
These national objectives are:
- Low Mod Benefit: The activity must benefit low and moderate-income persons but such activities cannot benefit moderate-income persons to the exclusion of low-income persons. 70% of all Pinal County CDBG funds must fall within this category. Eligible activities fall into one of the following four categories:
- Area wide Benefit - benefits low to moderate income persons residing in an area in which 51% of the residents are considered low to moderate income. Example projects - street paving, youth center, fire station and/or equipment, new water lines, drilling of new water wells, parks, libraries.
- Limited Clientele Benefit - provides benefits to a target group (as identified by CDBG) that is assumed to be 51% low to moderate income. These target groups are abused children, persons with disabilities, children, elderly persons (age 62+), battered spouses, homeless persons (an adult without children or a youth not accompanied by an adult), adults with severe disabilities (age 16+), illiterate persons, persons living with AIDS and migrant farm workers. Example projects - senior center, removal of architectural barriers, social service center, literacy training.
- Housing - assistance to improve residential structures or assistance to purchase homes for qualified persons who individually meet the low to moderate-income requirements. Example projects – owner occupied housing rehabilitation, homeowner assistance, mobile home replacement, new construction of homes by non-profit for eligible homebuyers.
- Job Creation or Retention - economic development assistance, in which the end result creates or retains permanent jobs, at least 51% of which are held by or will be made available to low to moderate income persons. Example projects - job training and placement for low to moderate income persons for specific jobs.
- Slum / Blight: The activity must aid in the prevention or elimination of slums or blight. Example projects - demolition and clearance, downtown redevelopment plan, code enforcement, commercial rehabilitation.
- Urgent Need: The activity meets other community development needs having particular urgency, which pose a serious and immediate threat to the health or welfare of the community. Example projects - demolition and clearance, commercial rehabilitation, housing rehabilitation.
HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME)
The following projects are funded under the HOME program:
- FY20 AAP: $62,000 Administration
- FY20 AAP: $465,838 Owner Occupied Housing Rehabilitation Program
- FY20 AAP: $93,148 Housing Development
- FY21 AAP: $260,000 Owner Occupied Housing Rehabilitation Program
- FY21 AAP: $352,860 Housing Development
The HOME Program was created under Title II of the National Affordable Housing Act of 1990 (the HOME Investment Partnerships Act) to expand the supply of affordable housing.
The general goals of the HOME Program are to:
- Expand the supply of decent and affordable housing for low-income persons;
- Expand the capacity of nonprofit housing providers;
- Strengthen the ability of state and local governments to provide housing; and
- Leverage private sector participation.
The HOME Program is the largest federal block grant program for affordable housing for low income households. All HOME funds must be used to benefit families and individuals who qualify as low income at or below 80% of the Area Median Income.
Pinal County invests HOME funds in the following housing activities:
- Homeowner Rehabilitation - Assist existing low income owner occupants with the rehabilitation or reconstruction of their home. To submit an application for assistance visit: https://www.pinalcountyaz.gov/Housing/Pages/RehabilitationProgram.aspx
- Homeownership Housing Development – Develop for sale affordable housing units to assist households with homeownership opportunities.
- Rental Housing Development - Increase the supply of affordable rental housing through acquisition of standard rental properties, new construction, or rehabilitation of affordable rental housing.
Emergency Solutions Grant Program (ESG)
The following projects are funded under the ESG program:
FY21 AAP: $6,877 Administration
FY21 AAP: $150,000 Rapid Rehousing
Under the ESG program, HUD grants funding to states, units of general purpose local government, and territories for the rehabilitation or conversions of building for use as emergency shelter for the homeless, for the payment of certain expenses related to operating emergency shelters, for essential services related to emergency shelters, street outreach for the homeless, and for homelessness prevention and rapid re-housing assistance.
Citizen Input and Contact Information
Any member of the Pinal County community may submit a project idea, request an accommodation for a public meeting, or file a complaint regarding the CDBG, HOME or ESG programs by completing the citizen input form.
For additional information about the CDBG program, please contact the CDBG Specialist at 520-866-6266 or by emailing [email protected].
For additional information about the HOME or ESG programs, please contact the Grant
Specialist at 520-866-6253 or by emailing [email protected].