Community Development Block Grant
The federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program provides grants to cities, counties and states to develop viable urban communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment, and by expanding economic opportunities, principally for low- and moderate-income persons. The program is authorized under Title 1 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, Public Law 93-383, as amended 42 U.S.C. 5301 et seq. St. Cloud began an entitlement city in 2019.
The City’s CDBG program was designed to reinforce several important values and principles of community development:
- CDBG's flexibility empowers people and communities to design and implement strategies tailored to their own needs and priorities.
- CDBG's emphasis on consolidated planning expands and strengthens partnerships among all levels of government and the private sector in enhancing community development.
- CDBG's technical assistance activities and set-aside for grantees builds the capacity of these partners.
What Can CDBG Funds Be Used For?
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 i.e., summer camps, 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 i.e., technical, and financial assistance to microenterprises.
Each activity must meet one of the following national objectives for the program:
(1) benefit low- and moderate-income persons, prevention or
(2) elimination of slums or blight, or
(3) address community development needs having a particular urgency because existing conditions pose a serious and immediate threat to the health or welfare of the community for which other funding is not available.
The CDBG Program encourages citizen participation by providing citizens with reasonable and timely access to local meetings, information, and records related to the grantee's proposed and actual use of funds.
Effective CDBG programs depend on local collaboration, innovative solution-based strategies with program recipients. Through community collaboration, we strive to meet the needs of the community with practical, tangible solutions.
Do I Qualify?
Are you a service provider in the City of St. Cloud with a program that:
- Benefits low/moderate income people?
- Prevents or eliminates slum and blight?
- Meets an urgent need?
- Addressed an issue directly resulting from the COVID 19 pandemic?
Your program may qualify for present and/or future funding opportunities under the CDBG program. For more information, please call 407-957-7138 or email CDBG@stcloudfl.gov
PUBLIC COMMENT REVIEW PERIOD
CITY OF ST. CLOUD
DRAFT 2021 AAP SUBSTANTIAL AMENDMENT
NOTICE is given that Substantial Amendments to the Program Year (PY) 2021 AAP for the use of Federal U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) funds the City of St. Cloud will be available for a 30-day public review and comment period and a public hearing.
The City will make a substantial amendment to the PY 2021 AAP to correct a budget discrepancy and reallocate $228,100 of unused CDBG funds to be used for economic development activities to provide business grants to St. Cloud businesses. These funds were initially budgeted to be used for owner-occupied housing rehabilitation project and public facilities and infrastructure improvements. All of the remaining 2021 funds will be allocated to economic development activities which will benefit St. Cloud LMI resident and businesses.
PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD: All interested citizens are encouraged to participate. The draft amendment will be available to the public to review from September 28, 2023 to October 28, 2023 at the St. Cloud Community Development Department, 1300 9th Street, Bldg. A, St. Cloud, FL 34769 or downloaded from the City’s website at: https://www.stcloudfl.gov/2015/Community-Development-Block-Grant
Written comments on the Substantial Amendment may be submitted using the address above or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
PUBLIC HEARING: A public hearing will be held on October 12, 2023 at 6:30 PM during City Council to gather public input on the AAP Amendment. City Council meetings are held at City Hall in the Council Chambers, 1300 9th Street, Building A, 3rd level, St. Cloud, FL 34769. City Council meetings can also be viewed live via the City website at www.stcloud.org/webcasts or broadcast on Spectrum channel 499.
ACCESSIBILITY: In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons needing assistance to participate in any of these proceedings should contact the Secretary/Clerk of the Committee/Board, Ivy Llauro, City Clerk at 1300 9th Street, St. Cloud, Florida 34769 or (407) 957-7300 prior to the meeting. If language assistance is required, residents may contact the CDBG Program at (407) 957-7235 or email@example.com to make those arrangements.
To view a copy of the 2021 Annual Action Plan Amendment, click here.