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Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program
HOME Investment Partnership (HOME)

Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Program

The Cityof Trenton receives three (3) entitlement grants each year from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. They are the Community Development Block Grant Program, the Home Investment Partnership and the Emergency Solutions Grant. This page is intended to provide the public with information regarding the planning and implementation of the programs and to provide opportunities to become involved and offer their feedback on how funds are allocated. If you would like to receive updates on the programs as well as be notified of opportunities for citizen participation please subscribe to the City's CDBG Email List.


Community Development Block Grant
The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program is authorized under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended, and was enacted in 1974 under the Housing and Community Development Act or HCDA. The primary objective of Title I of HCDA is the development of viable urban communities. These viable communities are achieved by providing the following, principally for persons of low and moderate income: decent housing; a suitable living environment, and expanded economic opportunities.

To achieve these goals, the CDBG regulations set forth eligible activities and the national objective that each activity must meet. As recipients of CDBG funds, grantees are charged with ensuring these requirments are met.Trenton receives an annual CDBG allocation from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for local use. These funds are used to support a variety of services and community improvement. For the period between July 1, 2019 an June 30, 2020, the City anticipates receiving $2,661,000 in CDBG funds. 

Emergency Solutions Grant
The Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) program is authorized by subtitle B of title IV of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 113711378). The program authorizes the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to make grants to States, units of government and territories for rehabilitation or conversion of buildings for use as emergency shelter for the homeless, for the payment of certain expenses related to operating emergency shelters, for essential services related to emergency shelters and street outreach for the homeless and for homeless prevention and rapid re-housing assistance. In May 2009, President Obama signed the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act of 2009. The HEARTH Act amends and reauthorizes the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act with substantial changes, including:

  • A consolidation of HUD’s competitive grant programs;

  • A change in HUD’s definition of homelessness and chronic homelessness;

  • An increase in prevention resources; and,

  • An increase in the emphasis on performance.

The purpose of the Emergency Solutions Grant is to assist individuals and families that are homeless or in jeopardy of homelessness. Eligible projects include rapid rehousing and projects that support emergency shelters. For the period between July 1, 2019 an June 30, 2020, the City anticipates receiving $210,000 in ESG funds. 

Home Investment Partnership
HOME is the largest Federal block grant to state and local governments designed exclusively to create affordable housing for low-income households. The program’s flexibility allows the City to use HOME funds for grants, direct loans, loan guarantees or other forms of credit enhancements, or rental assistance or security deposits.

Based on yearly needs assessments and community input documented in the 2014 Annual Action Plan, the City of Trenton makes decisions on how to spend CDBG funds in the community.  It is estimated that one out of every three residents in Trenton has benefited in some way from the CDBG-funded projects and programs. In 2013, the City allocated funds to the following:  

  • Demolition of hazardous properties;

  • Rehabilitation of homes owned and occupied by senior citizens and/or individuals with disabilities;

  • Operation of the City’s public pools;

  • Provision of health and social services at the City’s senior citizens centers;

  • Operation of the Trenton Health Clinic (218 North Broad Street);

  • Grant administrative costs (staffing); and

  • Grants to local nonprofits and faith-based organizations for public service projects​




HUD Regulations — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has a set of regulations that must be followed in order to be eligible for CDBG funding.

 2 CFR Part 200 — All federal fund subrecipients shall comply with the policies, guidelines, and requirements of 2 CFR Part 200 (Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards), which supersedes OMB Circulars A-110, A-122, and A-133.

 24 CFR Part 84 — Uniform administrative requirements for grants and agreements with institutions of higher education, hospitals, and other nonprofit organizations.


HUD requires every entitlement community to complete and adhere to a series of plans for the CDBG, HOME and ESG programs. Below comprises the City of Trenton's current plans, policies and procedures for various uses of these funds. Please note, some of the documents in the library are large and make take a few minutes to download.

NEW - NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING  FY2019 Annual Action Plan - MAY 24, 2019

NEW - Draft FY 2019 Annual Action Plan

NEW - FY 2019 CDBG Scores and Rankings (not finalized until City Council Approval)

NEW - FY 2019 ESG Scores and Rankings (not finalized until City Council Approval)


Public Hearing Slides
2018 Substantial Amendment
2016 Substantial Amendment
2015, 16 and 17 Substantial Amendment
2017 Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report
2018-19 Annual Action Plan
HOME Program Substantial Amendment
Public Hearing Slides
2018 Substantial Amendment
2016 Consolidated Annual Performance & Evaluation Report 
2017-18 Annual Action Plan
2017 CDBG/ESG Application Guidelines
Technical Assistance Workshop Slides
FY14 Substantial Amendment
Slides and Minutes
2015 Consolidated Annual Performance & Evaluation Report 
2015-16 Substantial Amendment
2016 Annual Action Plan
2015 Annual Action Plan
2015-19 Consolidated Plan
2014 Consolidated Annual Performance & Evaluation Report

Documents from prior years can be found in the CDBG Program Archives.


Each year, up to 24.5% of the City’s CDBG annual allocation is made available to local nonprofits and faith-based organizations for public service projects. Assistance is provided through a competitive application process. A complete list of all applications that applied in the 2017-18 round can be found here.

The City will open the 2019-20 application round for CDBG and ESG funds on February 8, 2019. Organizations are encouraged to complete an application on ZoomGrants prior to the March 8, 2019 deadline.




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