Waynesboro has been designated as an entitlement community through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Entitlement Program since 2013. Under this designation, the City receives an annual grant based on a formula that incorporates population data and other community needs such as housing overcrowding, age of housing, and extent of poverty. The funds must be used to meet one of three national objectives:
Benefit low-and-moderate income (LMI) persons
Aid in the prevention and elimination of slums and blight
Meet needs having a particular urgency, such as disaster relief
Every five years the City prepares a Consolidated Plan outlining the priorities and goals for CDBG funds. The priorities and goals guide the City's pursuit of the activities each year as identified in the Annual Action Plans. Public input is solicited and encouraged throughout the Consolidated Plan drafting process. The City's current Consolidated Plan runs from FY2019 to FY2023, and a copy of this plan can be found at the below link.
Each year the City prepares and publishes an Annual Action Plan (AAP) detailing the projects that the City will undertake during the program year to accomplish the goals and priorities outlined in the Consolidated Plan. The most recent AAP is at the link below.
The public is encouraged to participate in the AAP drafting process. Starting in the spring/early summer, the City holds two public needs meetings, advertised both in The News Virginian and on the City's website. After the first public needs meeting, the draft plan is made available for review by the public for 30 days. During this 30-day review period, the second public needs meeting is held. Once the review period ends and any needed revisions are made to the draft AAP, it is adopted by City Council in late July. FY 2022's draft AAP is available for review at the link below, and print versions are available upon request. Comments on draft plans can be sent to the Planning Division or submitted by phone at (540) 942-6604.
The Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) is an annual report prepared by the City to document the activities that were completed during the program year and shows how those activities contributed to accomplishing the goals outlined in the Consolidated Plan. It also examines how well the year's performance met the performance measures detailed in the program year's Annual Action Plan. A required report, the CAPER must be submitted to HUD no later than 90 days after the end of the program year. FY2020's report can be found at the link below.