Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
Each year the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) provides funds to entitlement cities (over 50,000 population) through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program for housing and community development activities. The City of La Mesa receives approximately $360,000 annually.
The City of La Mesa no longer allocates CDBG funds for public services for elderly, disabled and other special needs populations. Approximately 20% is used for program administration. The other 80%, or approximately $300,000 annually, is used for public improvements in neighborhoods which have been identified by HUD as “eligible areas” and for Fair Housing activities.
Types of Projects
CDBG funded neighborhood improvement projects include park and recreation improvements, sidewalks and storm drains. The City typically completes one major capital improvement project each year using CDBG funds. Activities completed during FY 2014/2015 are described in the Annual Performance Report and Financial Summary Report.
Current Plans for Community Development Block Grant Funding
- Draft FY 2016/2017 Action Plan is available for public comment until April 26, 2016.
- Consolidated Plan for Community Development for the Planning Period July 2015 to June 2020, which includes the Annual Plan for Community Development for FY 2015/2016.
- San Diego Regional Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing identifies barriers that prevent Fair Housing choice and develops solutions to mitigate or remove these barriers.
The City of La Mesa encourages community involvement in determining how CDBG funds are spent. The Citizen Participation Plan for HUD Funding Programs contains additional information about the Consolidated Plan process, public notices and hearings, and public comment periods.
Federal requirements stipulate that the City must pay relocation benefits to eligible households and businesses which are involuntarily relocated as a result of the City expenditure of CDBG funds. The City's Acquisition, Anti-Displacement, and Relocation Assistance Plan summarizes the procedures the City will follow to ensure that displaced households and businesses are relocated in accordance with Federal requirements.The City has also prepared an Acquisition and Relocation Procedures Manual to guide future decisions and procedures related to relocation.
Community Development Block Grant Program & Relocation
HOME Investment Partnership Funds (HOME)
HOME is a Federal housing program administered by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The program provides federal funds to local jurisdictions to develop and rehabilitate rental and ownership housing affordable to low-income households. The program defines low income as households below 80% of the area median income.
HOME gives local governments flexibility to fund a wide range of affordable housing activities through housing partnerships with private industry and non-project organizations. The City of La Mesa participates in the San Diego County HOME Consortium. The Consortium's HOME Program supports the Down Payment and Closing Cost Assistance (DCCA) program for first time home buyers.