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ICC’s Leadership of HUD Block Grant Funding ... and How to Apply for Grants continued vent and eliminate slums and blight, support job creation, and support low- and moderateincome families. Code enforcement is a critical element in fighting neighborhood decline, preserving sound neighborhoods and restoring distressed areas. Code enforcement officials are the first responders to vacant and foreclosed homes and community blight. Code enforcement is critical to protecting neighborhoods and stabilizing property conditions. Eligible federal funding includes costs for inspection for code violations and enforcement of codes including salaries and related expenses of code enforcement inspectors and legal proceedings. Efforts to address violations of codes concerning vacant lots, signs, and motor vehicles are permitted. Funds also may be used to purchase hand-held computers or tablets to record information as the code enforcement inspection is being conducted. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF WHAT ICC, HUD HAVE DONE TO SUPPORT CODE PROGRAMS WITH CDBG FUNDING Following passage of the law, ICC and HUD immediately embarked on a collaborative effort to promote the use of HUD’s Community Development Block Grant funding program for local building code programs. ICC and HUD officials have clarified and communicated the role of CDBG funding to support code programs. The program has key requirements that must be met for localities seeking HUD funding for code enforcement programs. Jurisdictions have to shape their programs to be competitive for CDBG grants from local and state government offices that administer HUD CDBG funding. Key efforts ICC has done to support and assist its Members include: • ICC and HUD presented a nationally broadcast webcast “Learn How to Obtain Funds to Support Local Code Programs.” • ICC published the “ICC Guidebook on HUD Block Grants for Local Code Programs” to help ICC Members understand and effectively use the CDBG program for code initiatives. • ICC has an agreement with Sustainable Strategies to provide technical assistance and advice to its Members on how to shape your programs to use CDBG funds, and even draft applications for CDBG funding. Contact Sara Yerkes, ICC Senior Vice President of Government Relations, to take advantage of this assistance, 202-370-1800, ext. 6247. • At the suggestion of ICC, HUD agreed to clarify CPD-14-016 rules on how to apply and use funds for code enforcement activities. APRIL 2015 | 34 People Helping People Build a Safer World® ICC Plan Review Services… Delivers the Most Detailed and Precise Plan Reviews in the Building Industry Who do you trust to deliver the most accurate plan review code analysis in the industry? The answer is simple. Trust the I-Code experts at ICC’s Plan Review Services. No other plan review service has a better understanding of all the International Codes (I-Codes) than our licensed and ICC-certified code experts. You can have confidence in ICC’s Plan Review Services to deliver the most detailed and precise plan reviews in the industry. For I-Codes expertise you can trust, visit the ICC Plan Review Web page or call David Hunter at 888-422-7233, ext. 5577. 14-10178 —*ADVERTISEMENT—


April 2015 BSJ
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