Community Development Block Grant

Notice of Community Meeting (PDF) on March 14, 2019

Aviso de Reunión Comunitaria (PDF) en Marzo 14, 2019

About the Program The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program was enacted into law as part of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974. It is a formula-allocated program that provides grants to eligible grantees; Cities with populations over 50,000, urban counties with more than 200,000 people, and states.


CDBG's main purpose is to provide, decent, safe and sanitary housing, a suitable living environment and economic opportunities to low and moderate income (defined as household not exceeding 50% of the median income of the area) and moderate income (defined as less than 50% of the median income) people. CDBG remains the principal source of revenue for localities to utilize in devising flexible and comprehensive neighborhood strategies to prevent physical, economic, and social deterioration in lower income neighborhoods throughout the nation.

Cleveland's Block Grant

The City of Cleveland became a CDBG entitlement city in 2004. The city's block grant is administered by the Development and Engineering Services Department. Cleveland has received a total of $5,017,402 over the past fourteen years. In 2018 to 2019, Cleveland's allocation of CDBG funds is $389,196.

2018 to 2019 Proposed Projects

Infrastructure Improvements - This activity may include, greenway, sidewalks and drainage improvements within the CDBG target area focusing on the Blythe community. Budget - $198,596

Code Enforcement – This activity funds the concentrated codes enforcement and educational program to improve housing and living environment within the LMI target area. Budget - $71,600

Affordable Housing – This activity will provide down payment assistance for nine LMI households who are purchasing affordable housing through non-profit providers. Budget - $54,000

Administration – The general administration required for implementation of the Consolidated Plan and Annual Action Plan 2018 to 2019. Budget - $65,000

Total Funds - $389,196

Consolidated Plan

In 2009, the city adopted its most recent five-year consolidated plan. The current action plan is the fifth and final annual plan that will be issued to support the 5-Year Consolidated Plan. The purpose of the action plan is to inform the public how the City of Cleveland expects to allocate the federal resources made available through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Development and Engineering Services uses the information in the Action Plan 2017 to 2018 (PDF) to guide its efforts and measure how effectively the city employs HUD funding to meet the needs of residents, particularly those related to decent affordable housing and creating a suitable living environment. HUD uses the action plan as a benchmark to evaluate the city's draft Fiscal Year 2016 to 2017 Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report (PDF) (CAPER) submitted at the end of each program year.

Citizen Involvement In a continuing effort to meet the needs of Cleveland's residents, we encourage Citizen Participation (PDF) in the planning process for community development activities. The department conducts public hearings at least twice each year. Hearings are publicized in the local newspaper and on the city's website.  

You are invited to call the City of Cleveland's Development and Engineering Services Department at 479-1913, and get involved with your community.