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Crawford County, Pennsylvania

Community Development Block Grant Program

​Community Development Block Grant Program

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program is an entitlement funding from HUD for the purpose of promoting community and housing development throughout Crawford County. 

In order to spend CDBG funding, projects must pass a two-pronged test. First, they must achieve one of three national objectives: 1) benefit low- and moderate-income persons, 2) aid in the prevention or elimination of slums or blight; and 3) meet other community development needs that present a serious and immediate threat to the health and welfare of the community. Secondly, they must be used for an eligible activity which may include community development, economic development, or social service program that is outlined by the federal program.

Beyond a series of administrative requirements, the CDBG program requires entitlement communities, like Crawford County, to comply with numerous federal program and regulations. Below are a few of the federal regulations required. 

2020 & CDBG-CV Project Proposal Requests

Crawford County is seeking input from citizens, community organizations, and local municipalities on potential projects for the 2020 CDBG and Community Development Block Grant - Coronavirus (CDBG-CV) funding applications. Project ideas should be submitted through the online survey provided below. 

CDBG & CDBG-CV Project Proposal Survey

Federal Fair Housing Act

It is prohibited by Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 (Federal Fair Housing Act) and the Pennsylvania Humans Relations act to discriminate the ability to have housing in Crawford County. The Fair Housing Act protects all residents from discrimination when renting or purchasing a residence, getting a mortgage, seeking housing assistance, or engaging in other housing-related activities.

Crawford County and the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program actively participates in Fair Housing policies and programs of Federal Government to create better communities for all our citizens.

The Fair Housing Act guarantees that no discrimination based upon race, color, sex, national origin, religion, age, familial status (families with children), or handicap (disability, or the use of guide or support animals for blindness, deafness, physical handicap) will take place in Crawford County.

Here are a few other discriminatory situations that may fall under fair housing discrimination:

  • Refusing to sell or rent to, deal or negotiate with any person.
  • Discriminating on terms or conditions for buying or renting housing.
  • Discriminating by advertising that housing is available only to persons of a certain race, color, religion, sex, national origin, familial status, handicap (disability), age, ancestry, or with no service animals.
  • Denying that housing is available for inspection, sale or rent when it really is available.
  • Blockbusting-for profit, persuading owners to sell or rent housing by telling them that minority groups are moving into the neighborhood.
  • Denying or making different terms or conditions for home loans by financial institutions.
  • Denying to anyone the use or participation in any real estate services, multiple listing services or other facilities related to the selling and renting of housing.

For more details on policies about Fair Housing from the Department of Housing and Urban Development visit, www.hud.gov/program_offices/fair_housing_equal_opp.

If you believe your housing rights may have been violated because of race, religion, age, disability, or in any other way, you have one year from the date of the alleged violation to submit a complaint. Crawford County's Housing Discrimination Information Form is one method in reporting a complaint of Fair Housing Discrimination, which can be sent to our Fair Housing Officer. 

In Crawford County, you can contact our Fair Housing Officer:

Mr. Zachary Norwood

Fair Housing Officer

Crawford County Planning Office

903 Diamond Park, Meadville, PA 16335

p: 814-337-7341

e: znorwood@co.crawford.pa.us


Another method of reporting a complaint of Fair Housing Discrimination is to contact the Department of Housing and Urban Development directly.


Housing Discrimination Hotline: (800) 669-9777

HUD file online: https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/fair_housing_equal_opp/online-complaint


Section 3 Policy

It is the purpose of Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968 to ensure that employment and other economic opportunities generated by certain HUD assistance will, to the greatest extent possible, and consistent with existing Federal, State, and local laws and regulations, be directed to low- and very low-income persons and to business concerns which provide economic opportunities to low- and very low-income persons.

It is the public policy of Crawford County to promote the opportunity for full participation by low- and very low-income individuals and to business concerns in its CDBG, HOME, and its ESG programs. Crawford county has established employment and training goals that contractors and subcontractors should meet in order to comply with Section 3 requirements.

Employment goal is thirty percent (30%) of the aggregate number of new hires in any fiscal year.

Contracting goals are:

  • Sub-grantees may demonstrate compliance with this requirement by committing to award to Section 3 businesses at least 10 percent of the total dollar amount of all section 3 covered contracts in connection with housing rehabilitation, housing construction and other public construction.
  • Ten percent (10%) of the total project cost of Section 3 covered projects in any fiscal year in connection with housing rehabilitation, housing construction and other public construction.

It is the responsibility of contractors, vendors and suppliers to implement progressive efforts to attain Section 3 compliance. Any contractor that does not meet the Section 3 numerical goals must demonstrate why meeting the goals were not feasible. All contractors submitting bids or proposals to Crawford County are required to certify that they comply with the requirements of Section 3.

A list of regional Section 3 businesses is provided to assist those working with Crawford County and our local communities to meet our established Section 3 employment and contracting goals.

Section 3 Business Listing

Minority Owned & Women Owned Business Policy

In order to meet the requirements set by the Department of Economic and Community Development (DCED), Crawford County has established Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and Women Business Enterprise (WBE) minimum participation levels (MPLs) of five percent for MBE and three percent for WBE of the dollar amount of the bid for all contracted work done with the County’s Community Development Block Grant and ESG Programs.

A Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) is defined as a for-profit business concern that is one of the following: 

  • a sole proprietorship, owned and controlled by a minority
  • a partnership or joint venture controlled by minorities in which 51% of the beneficial ownership interest is held by minorities
  • a corporation or other business entity controlled by minorities in which at least 51% of the voting interest and 51% of the beneficial ownership interest are held by minorities.

A Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) is defined as a for-profit business concern that is:

  • a sole proprietorship, owned and controlled by a woman in which at least 51% of the beneficial ownership is held by women
  • a partnership or joint venture controlled by women in which at least 51% of the beneficial ownership is held by women
  • a corporation or other entity controlled by women in which at least 51% of the voting interest and 51% of the beneficial ownership interest are held by women.

It is the public policy of Crawford County to promote the opportunity for full participation by minority and women's business enterprises ("MBEs" and "WBEs") in all housing and community development programs receiving funds from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. 

A  listing of MBE/WBE businesses active in the region is provided to assist those working with Crawford County and our local communities to meet our established MBE/ WBE goals.

 MBE/ WBE Business Listing 

Section 504 Policy

In order to meet the requirements set by the Department of Economic and Community Development (DCED) and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Crawford County has established a Section 504 inventory to ensure access to County facilities for individuals with disabilities. 

Section 504 Policy

ABOUT CRAWFORD COUNTY

The County of Crawford lies in northwestern Pennsylvania. Originally it was inhabited by the Iroquiois Indians and other tribes and nations. In later years, the land was acquired by a group of Dutch investors under title of the Holland Land Company and resold to settlers. The Commonwealth allocated land to its Revolutionary War soldiers as a bonus settlement. The county was formed in 1800 from a portion of Allegheny County and named after Colonel William Crawford, an early military hero and close friend of George Washington.

CONTACT US

903 Diamond Park Meadville, PA 16335

Phone: (814) 333-7300
Toll free: 800-982-9019

Fax: (814) 337-0457

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Monday - Friday 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

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