Community Development Block Grants

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The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program is a federal program administered by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The Program provides grants to cities and counties to develop viable urban communities through the provision of decent housing, a suitable living environment and by expanding economic opportunities for low- and moderate-income persons.

How it works

  • The City of Carlsbad is an entitlement jurisdiction, which means the city receives a CDBG grant annually to assist with housing and community development activities.
  • Entitlement jurisdictions must determine the highest priority needs and develop plans and strategies to spend CDBG funds to meet those needs.
  • HUD regulates how funds are awarded and grant amounts vary each year, based on congressional appropriations, and awards are determined by a formula.
  • In Carlsbad, social service organizations may apply for the grants and the City Council makes its final decisions on the grant awards at a public hearing typically held in May.

Public notices & updates

None at this time. 


Consolidated Plan

Five-year plan to identify the city’s housing and community development needs and sets forth a strategic plan for addressing those needs within the context of the CDBG program.

  • FY 2020-25 (July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2025) – Approved by the City Council on Jan. 14, 2020, by Reso. No. 2020-004

Annual Action Plan

One-year plan to identify and fund projects and programs in alignment with the Consolidated Plan. 

Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report

Year-end report describing the actual accomplishments and expenditures.

Other resources

Citizen Participation

The Citizen Participation Plan outlines the City of Carlsbad's plan for soliciting and receiving citizen input during preparation of the Five-Year Consolidated Plan and individual annual Action Plans. This Citizen Participation Plan was drafted in accordance with Sections 91.100 and 91.105 of HUD's Consolidated Plan regulations.

Fair Housing

As part of their CDBG program, the City of Carlsbad must affirmatively further fair housing and promote equal access to housing.

Section 3

The City also must make a good faith effort to ensure that employment, training, and contracting opportunities for lower-income residents are available for certain types of CDBG funded projects.

CDBG Documents and Policies

Managing CDBG - Subrecipient Guidebook

CDBG Staff Contact

Nicole Piano-Jones
Senior Program Manager

Permanent Local Housing Allocation

The Permanent Local Housing Allocation (PLHA) program was established through SB 2, which created a recording fee on real estate documents in the state of California. PLHA funding is provided to local jurisdictions to increase the supply of affordable housing and assist persons experiencing homelessness.

To obtain the funds, local jurisdictions must complete a plan to summarize the eligible activities to which PLHA funds are proposed over a five-year period.