I have recently started working in a new entitlement community that handles their CDBG funds very differently than the last place I worked. So it got me thinking that I would like to hear from other entitlement communities:
1. Do you use your funds mostly in-house or give them out to other municipal departments? E.g. if you fund a park project do you have a parks planner in your CD department that manages the design or do you give the money to a separate parks department?
2. Do you use CDBG funds to staff your department or other departments? If so, do you hire project managers that work on projects and are billed to the project areas or do you stick to the 20% "overhead" allowance?
3. How many people do you have administering your grant program? Is that enough?
4. Have you ever had problems with "timeliness" eg. not spending funds fast enough?
Any other entitlement stories would also be welcome. I am particularly interested in how communities can use CDBG funds to advance land use and transportation planning objectives in addition to the more conventional housing and social service objectives.