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Community Development Block Grants

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The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) 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.

The amount is decided by:

  • Extent of poverty
  • Population
  • Housing over-crowding
  • Age of housing
  • Growth lag in relationship to other metropolitan areas

Guidelines are set by individual cities and counties. Priority is given to activities meeting at least one of the three broad national objectives for the program and at least one of the local community development objectives established by each city or county.

How it works

  • The Community Development Block Grant is a federal program provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). 
  • The program distributes money to eligible cities and counties to improve life for people and areas with lower incomes.
  • HUD regulates how funds are awarded and grant amounts are determined by a formula.
  • In Carlsbad, social service organizations apply for the grants and a citizens advisory committee makes award funding recommendations to the Carlsbad City Council.
  • The City Council makes its final decisions on the grant awards at a public hearing typically held in May.

View the five-year plan adopted by the City Council with priorities for how to spend the money within the guidelines for the program.

View the list of Fiscal Year 2022-23 grant recipients 

Permanent Local Housing Allocation (PLHA)

The PLHA plan summarizes the eligible activities to which PLHA funds are proposed over a five-year period and can be viewed here: draft 2019-2023 PLHA

Analysis of Impediments

The communities within San Diego County have established a commitment to providing equal housing opportunities for their existing and future residents. This report, the Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (commonly known as the "AI"), presents a demographic profile of San Diego County, assesses the extent of housing needs among specific income groups, and evaluates the range of available housing choices for residents. The AI also analyzes the conditions in the private market and public sector that may limit the range of housing choices or impede a person's access to housing. More importantly, this AI identifies impediments that may prevent equal housing access and develops solutions to mitigate or remove such impediments.

Consolidated Plan

The Fiscal Year 2020-2025 Consolidated Plan serves as the official application to HUD for Community Development Block Grant funds for the City of Carlsbad. The Consolidated Plan identifies the city's housing and community development needs and sets forth a strategic plan for addressing the identified needs within the context of the CDBG program. The Consolidated Plan covers the planning period of July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2025.

Citizen Participation Plan

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.

Notice of Funding Availability

FY 2023-24 CDBG Application is available beginning Jan. 11, 2023. Completed applications are due no later than Feb. 22, 2023 by 5:00 p.m. Email submissions are highly encouraged. Please contact Nicole Piano-Jones, Program Manager, with related questions.

Annual Action Plan

The Annual Action Plan may be viewed here: FY 2022-23 Amended Annual Action Plan 

Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report

  • The Fiscal Year 2020-21 CAPER reports on accomplishments and progress toward Consolidated Plan goals.

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