Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
The CDBG program is a flexible program that provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs. The program works to ensure decent affordable housing, to provide services to the most vulnerable in our communities, and to create jobs through the expansion and retention of businesses. CDBG is an important tool for helping the City of Long Beach tackle serious challenges facing our community. Not less than 70 percent of CDBG funds must be used for activities that benefit low- and moderate-income persons. CDBG funds may be used for activities which include, but are not limited to:
Acquisition of real property
Relocation and demolition
Rehabilitation of residential and non-residential structures
Construction of public facilities and improvements, such as water and sewer facilities, streets, neighborhood centers, and the conversion of school buildings for eligible purposes
Public services, within certain limits
Activities relating to energy conservation and renewable energy resources
Provision of assistance to profit-motivated businesses to carry out economic development and job creation/retention activities
The City follows a detailed plan that provides for and encourages citizen participation. This integral process emphasizes participation by persons of low or moderate income, particularly residents of predominantly low- and moderate-income neighborhoods, slum or blighted areas. A citizen advisory group appointed by the Mayor and City Council provides recommendations on the use of CDBG funds. For more information, please visit the Community Development Advisory Commission page.
The activities under this grant are administered by the Neighborhood Services Bureau. For more information, please call (562) 570-7403 or email NSB@longbeach.gov.
HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME)
HOME funds are awarded annually as formula grants to fund a wide range of activities that build, buy, and/or rehabilitate affordable housing for rent or homeownership or provide direct rental assistance to low-income people. Eligible activities include using HOME funds to provide home purchase or rehabilitation financing assistance to eligible homeowners and new homebuyers, build or rehabilitate housing for rent or ownership, or for "other reasonable and necessary expenses related to the development of non-luxury housing," including site acquisition or improvement, demolition of dilapidated housing to make way for HOME-assisted development, and payment of relocation expenses.
Every dollar of HOME funds used (except for administrative costs capped at 10%) must be matched with 25 cents from nonfederal sources, which may include donated materials or labor, the value of donated property, proceeds from bond financing, and other resources. In addition, 15 percent of the allocation must fund housing to be owned, developed, or sponsored by experienced, community-driven nonprofit groups designated as Community Housing Development Organizations (CHDOs). HOME-funded housing units must remain affordable in the long term (20 years for new construction of rental housing; 5-15 years for construction of homeownership housing and housing rehabilitation, depending on the amount of HOME subsidy). The activities under this grant are administered by the Housing Services Bureau.
American Dream Downpayment Initiative (ADDI)
ADDI aims to increase the homeownership rate, especially among lower income and minority households, and to revitalize and stabilize communities. The program was created to assist low-income first-time homebuyers in purchasing single-family homes by providing funds for downpayment, closing costs, and rehabilitation carried out in conjunction with the assisted home purchase. ADDI will provide downpayment, closing costs, and rehabilitation assistance to eligible individuals. The rehabilitation must be completed within one year of the home purchase. Rehabilitation may include, but is not limited to, the reduction of lead paint hazards and the remediation of other home health hazards. The activities under this grant are administered by the Housing Services Bureau.
Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG)
The Emergency Shelter Grant program provides homeless persons with basic shelter and essential supportive services. It can assist with the operational costs of the shelter facility and for the administration of the grant. ESG also provides short-term homeless prevention assistance to persons at imminent risk of losing their own housing due to eviction, foreclosure, or utility shutoffs. ESG funds are available for the rehabilitation or remodeling of a building used as a new shelter, operations and maintenance of the facility, essential supportive services (i.e., case management, physical and mental health treatment, substance abuse counseling, childcare, etc.), homeless prevention, and grant administration. The City of Long Beach must match ESG grant funds dollar for dollar with locally generated amounts. These local amounts can include other federal, state and local grants and "in-kind" contributions such as the value of a donated building, supplies and equipment, new staff services, and volunteer time. The activities under this grant are administered by the Department of Health and Human Services.
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U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
451 7th Street S.W., Washington, DC 20410
Telephone: (202) 708-1112 TTY: (202) 708-1455