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Community Planning and Grants Management


The CDBG/HOME Public hearing previously scheduled for February 10th has been changed:


Budget and Funding Strategy for the FFY 2015 Action Plan 

Monday, March 9, 2015         6:00PM 

Gateway Building 3rd Floor – Housing Board Room 

6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia, MD 21046 


Public Notice and Notice of Public Hearing FFY15 Action Plan Funding

Click here to review the Public Notice.


FFY15 (July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016)  ACTION PLAN REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS (RFP)

 FFY15 Application to receive Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds related to the FFY15 Action Plan. Click here to download the Application. 



HOME provides formula grants to States and localities that communities use-often in partnership with local nonprofit groups-to fund a wide range of activities that build, buy, and/or rehabilitate affordable housing for rent or homeownership or provide direct rental assistance to low-income people. HOME is the largest Federal block grant to State and local governments designed exclusively to create affordable housing for low-income households.


The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is a flexible program that provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs. Beginning in 1974, the CDBG program is one of the longest continuously run programs at HUD. The CDBG program provides annual grants on a formula basis to 1180 general units of local government and States.

The CDBG program works to ensure decent affordable housing, to provide services to the most vulnerable in our communities, and to create jobs through the expansion and retention of businesses. CDBG is an important tool for helping local governments tackle serious challenges facing their communities. The CDBG program has made a difference in the lives of millions of people and their communities across the Nation.

The annual CDBG appropriation is allocated between States and local jurisdictions called "non-entitlement" and "entitlement" communities respectively. Entitlement communities are comprised of central cities of Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs); metropolitan cities with populations of at least 50,000; and qualified urban counties with a population of 200,000 or more (excluding the populations of entitlement cities). States distribute CDBG funds to non-entitlement localities not qualified as entitlement communities.

HUD determines the amount of each grant by using a formula comprised of several measures of community need, including the extent of poverty, population, housing overcrowding, age of housing, and population growth lag in relationship to other metropolitan areas.

To review the FFY2014 Annual Action Plan - click here.  It was approved July 17, 2014.


FFY2014 Action Plan

The 2014 Federal Fiscal Year Annual Action Plan was approved July 17, 2014.