Administered by the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD), the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program provides funding for cities and counties to develop and maintain programs to provide decent housing, suitable living environments, and expand economic opportunities for low and moderate-income persons.

These programs can be defined as:

  1. Decent housing: assisting homeless or potentially homeless persons, retention of affordable housing stock, and/or increasing the availability of permanent housing;
  2. Suitable living environment: improving the safety and liability of neighborhoods, increasing access to public and private facilities and services, and revitalization of deteriorating/deteriorated neighborhoods; and
  3. Expanding economic opportunities: job creation and retention, establishment, stabilization, and expansion of small businesses; and the provision of public services concerned with employment.

As an entitlement community for the CDBG Program, the City of Palm Desert is awarded funding each year to assist local non-profit groups and organizations that serve low and moderate-income families and individuals, seniors, and the mentally or physically handicapped. All funds are divided based on the following: 1) Public Service Programs 15%; 2) Capital Improvement Projects 65%; and, 3) Administration 20% (Administration funds can be used for capital improvement projects).

2017/18 CDBG Application and Award Process:

  • December 8, 2016: The City will hold a Public Hearing for comment and applications become available.
  • January 11, 2017: The City will hold a Community Meeting at 9 a.m.
  • February 8, 2017: Deadline to submit applications.
  • March 2017: All applications will be submitted to the City’s Outside Agency Funding Commission for review and recommendation.
  • May 11, 2017: City Council will hold its final Public Hearing for comment on the One-Year Action Plan which outlines proposed use of CDBG funding. Upon City Council approval, the plan will be sent to HUD for review and final approval.
  • September/October 2017: Upon receipt of final approval from HUD, the City will notify all applicants of whether or not they were approved for funding. For those approved, funds will be available retroactive to July 1, 2017.

If you would like to obtain more information about the CDBG Program, or if you would like to add your organization to the CDBG mailing list, please call (760) 346-0611, ext. 331, or contact us.

CDBG 2016/17 Cycle:

For the 2016/17 CDBG cycle, the City of Palm Desert was awarded $294,678. In addition, the City allocated $16.80 in unprogrammed funds that required allocation prior to HUD's reprogramming for other uses. Outlined below is a list of approved applicants and programs for 2016/17, as well as the funds awarded for each:

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS: APPROX. 65% OF FUNDING

Applicant Name

Program

Funding Amount

Desert Aids Project

Emergency Generator Project

$25,000.00

Desert Arc

Flooring Project

$50,000.00

Martha's Village & Kitchen

Energy Efficiency Project $60,000.00

Ranch Recovery Center

Emergency Generator Project

$56,558.00

PUBLIC SERVICE PROGRAMS: APPROX. 15% OF FUNDING

Applicant Name

Program

Funding Amount

Angel View    

Transportation Program

$ 6,000.00

Catholic Charities San Bernardino & Riverside Counties         

Food Program

$ 5,151.00

CV Rescue Mission

Food Program $ 6,000.00

Desert Best Friend's Closet

Clothing Program

$ 6,000.00

Martha's Village & Kitchen

Transportation and Food Program $10,000.00 

Operation SafeHouse

Transportation and Food Program

$ 6,050.00
Red Hot Ballroom  Youth Ballroom Dancing Program $ 5,000.00

ADMINISTRATION: APPROX. 20% OF FUNDING

Applicant Name

Program

Funding Amount

Program Administration

Impediment Analysis Report, Davis-Bacon, project tracking & monitoring, preparation of reports, etc.

$26,968.00

Administration Costs-Fair Housing Council

Resolution of landlord/tenant disputes, anti-discrimination, education/outreach services, training.

$31,967.00

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