Federal Grants
Housing Services Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) provides annual grants on a formula basis to entitled cities and counties to develop viable urban communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment, and by expanding economic opportunities, principally for low-and moderate-income persons.

Nature of Program

HUD awards grants to entitlement communities to carry out a wide range of community development activities directed toward improving housing, revitalizing neighborhoods, economic development, and providing improved community facilities and services.

Entitlement communities develop their own programs and funding priorities. However, grantees must give maximum feasible priority to activities which benefit low- and moderate-income persons. A grantee may also carry out activities which aid in the prevention or elimination of slums or blight. Additionally, grantees may fund activities when the grantee certifies that the activities meet other community development needs having a particular urgency because existing conditions pose a serious and immediate threat to the health or welfare of the community where other financial resources are not available to meet such needs. Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds may not be used for activities which do not meet these broad national objectives.

Eligible CDBG Fund Activities

CDBG funds may be used for activities which include, but are not limited to:

• acquisition of real property;

• relocation and demolition;

• rehabilitation of residential and non-residential structures;

• construction of public facilities and improvements, such as water and sewer facilities, streets, neighborhood centers, and the conversion of school buildings for eligible purposes;

• public services, within certain limits;

• activities relating to energy conservation and renewable energy resources; and

• provision of assistance to profit-motivated businesses to carry out economic development and create/retain jobs.

Generally, the following types of activities are ineligible: acquisition, construction, or reconstruction of buildings for the general conduct of government; political activities; certain income payments; and construction of new housing by units of general local government.

• Shelter & Services Brochure

• HUD Low/Mod Census Map

• HUD Income Guidelines

Home Investment Partnership Program (HOME)

The objectives of the HOME program include decent affordable housing to low- and moderate-income households, expand the capacity of nonprofit housing providers; and leverage private – sector participation through homebuyer assistance, and grants and loans to construct new and/or rehabilitated rental and owner-occupied housing.

Emergency Shelter Grants (ESG)

The objectives of the ESG program are to increase the number and quality of emergency shelters and transitional housing facilities for homeless individuals and families, to operate these facilities and provide essential social services, and to help prevent homelessness.

Supportive Housing and Shelter Plus Care Programs

These programs, along with ESG, are part of a continuum of care to move homeless individuals and families toward permanent housing by assisting to fund transitional housing, and permanent rental housing with needed support services and case management for disabled adults.