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CDBG - Community Development Block Grant

The Community Development Block Grant Program is a flexible program providing communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs. The program works to ensure decent, affordable housing; to provide services for members of our community; and to create jobs through expansion and retention of businesses. 

CDBG grants are awarded by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and provide funds for projects and programs that benefit low- and moderate-income households, businesses and community-based organizations. The application deadline for the 2014 Block Grant year is October 15, 2013.

PDF Application 2014

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For more information, contact Tyler Corey, Housing Programs Manager with the Community Development Department, at (805) 781-7169 or via e-mail at tcorey@slocity.org

Program Overview

CDBG activities must, by law, meet federal objectives and rules. HUD has three broad national objectives:

  1. To benefit persons and households with incomes below 80 percent of area median incomes;

  2. To aid in the prevention or elimination of slums or blight; and

  3. To meet urgent community development needs that pose a serious, immediate threat to public health or welfare, such as floods, earthquakes or other disasters.

CDBG-eligible activities include: acquisition of real property for affordable housing, construction or rehabilitation of certain public facilities, site/building clearance and demolition to support affordable housing, provision of certain types of public services, removal of architectural barriers for the disabled, housing rehabilitation, historic preservation, code enforcement, special economic development activities, planning studies and grant administration.

The City of San Luis Obispo considers new applications for CDBG funding annually, and the application period usually begins in October. If you are interested in applying, contact City staff for updated information regarding the next application period.

Prevailing Wage and Other Federal Requirements

Applicants for CDBG funding need to be aware that most projects that receive over $2,000 in CDBG funds are subject to prevailing wage requirements under Davis-Bacon and Related Acts (DBRA).

When applications are made to the City, the cost estimates provided should be based on prevailing wages to insure that grant sub-recipients are budgeting sufficient total funds to complete the proposed project.

When a sub-recipient receives a CDBG grant through the City of San Luis Obispo, they are required to insure that the project is carried out in a manner that complies with all Federal regulations, including DBRA. The City can provide technical assistance to grant recipients to insure compliance.

The following links and resources are provided to improve current and prospective grant sub-recipient's understanding of DBRA requirements:

In addition to DBRA requirements, there are Federal procurement requirements for CDBG grants (24 CFR 85.36). This section of the regulations includes preferences for contracting with small and minority firms, women's business enterprise and labor surplus area firms. More information on procurement requirements can be found by following the link below:

For more information contact Tyler Corey, Housing Programs Manager with the Community Development Department at (805) 781-7169 or via e-mail at tcorey@slocity.org

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