The City of Hickory Community Development Division is committed to the betterment of its citizens and the community through strong economic development, housing rehabilitation, homelessness services programs, affordable housing, and Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) for improvement projects in lower income neighborhoods.
Recognizing the need for affordable housing in the community, the City of Hickory launched the Hickory Affordable Housing Initiative in 2020. This initiative utilizes available HOME funding to construct affordable houses on vacant City-owned property.
Community Development Block Grant Program
The City of Hickory is an entitlement grantee for the U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) CDBG Program. The CDBG Entitlement Program provides annual grants on a formula basis to entitled cities and counties. The grants develop viable urban communities by providing decent housing, a suitable living environment, and expand economic opportunities for low- and moderate-income persons.
CDBG Public Meetings
In order to determine the areas of greatest need, to formulate appropriate plans for funds to be received under the CDBG program, and to evaluate past community development performance, the City is seeking input from its citizens. The City of Hickory wants to hear from individuals, groups, and neighborhood organizations about community needs and priorities. What activities are appropriate? Where should this money go now and in the future? What programs are needed most? So that everyone will have an opportunity to be heard, neighborhood meetings to obtain the views of citizens on community development and housing needs have been scheduled to be held:
January 27, 2021 - Ridgeview Recreation Center | 6:00 p.m. | 115 7th Ave SW, Hickory
February 3, 2021 - City of Hickory, Council Chambers | 6:00 p.m. | 76 North Center Street, Hickory
Please voice your suggestions within the eligible program activity areas and help the City of Hickory develop the best plan for the use of these funds. Anyone unable to attend these public meetings may submit written views, proposals or comments to the City of Hickory Community Development Department; PO Box 398; Hickory, NC 28603. Comments will be received until February 25, 2021.
The City of Hickory is now accepting applications for non-profit Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds. The City of Hickory is now accepting applications for non-profit Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds. Applications are available below and must be submitted and received in the Community Development Division by 5 p.m. on Friday, February 26.
The City of Hickory is committed to promoting business and economic development and offers a range of incentives to new and expanding businesses, including two business incentive programs through CDBG funding. The City of Hickory identified increasing entrepreneurship opportunities as a high priority need. The Microenterprise Grant Program provides microenterprise grants to businesses looking for funding necessary to take their business to the next level. The Small Business Loan Program provides loans to businesses looking for funding to create jobs and purchase necessary equipment.
Housing Rehabilitation Program
The City of Hickory offers a housing rehabilitation deferred loan program, funded through CDBG, that aims to improve the quality of the local housing stock and make improvements that prevent the displacement of low to moderate income homeowners within the City limits.
Urgent Repair Program
The City of Hickory offers a housing rehabilitation forgivable loan program, funded through the North Carolina Housing Finance agency, that aims to improve the quality of the local housing stock and make improvements that prevent the displacement of low to moderate income homeowners within the City limits. These funds may be used for urgent repairs or accessibility improvements that are required to avert the displacement of the homeowner.
The City of Hickory is committed to affirmatively furthering fair housing in the community by eliminating racial and ethnic segregation and other discriminatory practices in housing. The City is committed to using all of its programmatic and enforcement tools to achieve this goal.