Albany Community Development Agency

Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19) Response

In response to the Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19) the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant provided funding to the City of Albany in the form of Community Development Block Grant Fund (CDBG-CV) allocation to be used to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19). This allocation was authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), Public Law 116-136, which was signed by President Trump on March 27, 2020, to respond to the growing effects of this historic public health crisis. There is now a second round of funding available and the application process for these funds is open. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all funds have been expended.  Please read the guidelines prior to completing an application.

Please note, this application is a request for financial support for a program related to the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is not a small business loan intended to sustain your organization. For information regarding small business loans and where to apply for them, please see the Support smAlbany website.

Program Guidelines & Application

ACDA offices are open and able to accept applications in person. When your organization's application is ready for submission, please call ACDA at 518-434-5265 to make arrangements to submit your application.  Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until June 30, 2021 or until all funds have been expended. 

Action Plan Draft Comment Period Open

The City of Albany Housing and Community Development Agency is accepting comments to its Year 47 action plan and environmental review record.  Anyone wishing to comment may do so by email to Faye Andrews - comments will be accepted until 4/29/21.

About the Albany Community Development Agency (ACDA)

Albany Community Development Agency (ACDA) revitalizes our neighborhoods by increasing home ownership, providing resources for home and community improvements, and connecting partners to facilitate quality of life projects and workforce opportunities for residents with low to moderate incomes.

Federal Funding

ACDA secures and manages millions of dollars in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funds each year-which are allocated to sub-recipients through strategic grants, or to the community through housing programs, and Citywide neighborhood development or public improvement projects. These funds are often times combined with other funding sources to maximize community development initiatives, improve housing conditions, leverage strategic housing and neighborhood projects, combat blight, increase home ownership, and foster economic and commercial stability in deserving neighborhoods.

Through creative programming, ACDA helps to grow and strengthen our community-from home ownership and rehabilitation support, to homelessness prevention, to coordinating with local and regional partners on initiatives that offer economic benefits, education or creative outlets to our residents and businesses.

Public-Private Partnerships

While HUD entitlement funding is a major contributor of Albany's livability, ACDA still aggressively pursues other funding sources and builds public-private relationships among all levels of government, City non-profit groups and private institutions, to better our neighborhoods.

Landlords and Tenants Negatively Impacted 

by COVID-19

The City of Albany is currently exploring various options to help landlords and tenants who have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Please consider taking these surveys if you own rental property or rent your home in the City of Albany. Your responses will be kept entirely anonymous and confidential. This survey is voluntary: you may skip any questions you do not wish to answer, and you may leave the survey at any time.

If you would prefer to complete this survey over the phone, or if you have questions about the resources available at this time, you may email Danni Smith - City of Albany Housing Services Advocate or call (518) 694-0066.

Additional info:

  • The goal of this project is to measure and quantify how tenants and landlords have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Topics covered in the surveys include landlord-tenant relationships, rental arrears, and evictions.

Resources Are Already Available to 

Help Landlords and Tenants

Apply for the NYS ERAP (Emergency Rental Assistance Program) Tenant Resources Promo

Landlords can also benefit from ACDA programs, which some property owners have found helpful during this time if lost rental income has led them to defer maintenance on their buildings. 

For more info about these programs, email Danni Smith or join LL Resources Promoone of the landlord/tenant resource webinars coming up later this month. More webinar details available in the calendar listings below.

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