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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, 2016 an June 30, 2017, the City anticipates receiving $2,260,396 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, 2016 an June 30, 2017, the City anticipates receiving $213,526 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.


The complete 2017-18 Action Plan for CDBG, HOME and ESG (with additional detail on each of the activites below) can be found in the Document Library at the bottom of this page.  The following is a summary of the City's proposed usese of CDBG, HOME and ESG funding for the period between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018.

Program Project  Amount 
CDBG Housing Rehabiltiation Hard Costs  $128,034.41
CDBG Administration of Housing Rehabilitation Program  $120,000.00
CDBG Match for Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration Grant  $131,985.00
CDBG Administration  $245,412.40
CDBG New Pool Fencing  $174,000.00
CDBG North Clinton Community Center:  $127,000.00
CDBG Senior Center Operations  $185,630.19
CDBG The Trenton Community Music School, Inc.  $20,000.00
CDBG Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) of Mercer County  $20,000.00
CDBG Millhill Child & Family Development Corporation  $10,000.00
CDBG Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund  $10,000.00
CDBG Trenton Children's Chorus, Inc.  $15,000.00
CDBG Mercer Street Friends  $15,000.00
CDBG Court Appointed Special Advocates of Mercer County, Inc.  $15,000.00
CDBG HomeFront, Inc.  $10,000.00
ESG Administration $15,262.00
ESG Catholic Charities Rapid Rehousing/Street Outreach $135,236.00
ESG Womanspace Shelter Operations $12,000.00
ESG HMIS Support $9,000.00
ESG Rescue Mission Shelter Operations $10,000.00
ESG Anchor House Shelter Operations $12,000.00
ESG Homefront, Inc. Shelter Operations $10,000.00
HOME CHDO Set Aside $89,092.00
HOME Housing Development (TBD) $445,465.00
HOME Administration $59,395.00


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.

Date of Publication Name Summary Status
October 10, 2018 2015, 16 and 17 Substantial Amendment Revisions to funding allocations for three program years. On display until November 13, 2018.
September 10, 2018 2017 Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report Self-evaluation of the 2017 CDBG, HOME and ESG Programs Submitted to HUD on September 28, 2018.
June 8, 2018 2018-19 Annual Action Plan Programs the annual allocation of CDBG, HOME and ESG funds. On public display for 30 days.
April 9, 2018 HOME Program Substantial Amendment Reprogramming of funds from 2012-2016. On display for 30 days.
February 5, 2018 Public Hearing Slides Slides from the February 5, 2018 Public Hearing Application round opened on February 6, 2018.
January 26, 2018 2018 Substantial Amendment Reprogramming of unspent funds and cancelled projects from PY15 and PY16 On display for 30 days.
September 11, 2017 2016 Consolidated Annual Performance & Evaluation Report  Report on accomplishments and progress toward Consolidated Plan goals Revised and resubmitted on September 28, 2017. Under review by HUD.
July 13, 2017 2017-18 Annual Action Plan Draft document on review for public comment. Revised and resubmitted on September 27, 2017. Under review by HUD.
June 6, 2017 2017 CDBG/ESG Application Guidelines Guidance for applicants to the City's 2017 CDBG and ESG Programs.  Application round completed.
June 2, 2017 Technical Assistance Workshop Slides PowerPoint slides from the June 2, 2017 workshop Application round completed.
May 24, 2017 FY14 Substantial Amendment Obligates FY14 HOME funds to a First Time Homebuyer Program On public display until June 23, 2017
December 29, 2016 Slides and Minutes Documents from the City's 12/14/16 public hearing. To be appended to 2017-18 Annual Action Plan.
October 28, 2016 2015 Consolidated Annual Performance & Evaluation Report  Report on accomplishments and progress toward Consolidated Plan goals Pending HUD Review.
July 30, 2016 2015-16 Substantial Amendment Amends the use of Entitlement Funds, Program Income and Reallocated CDBG Funds. HUD Review Completed.
June 3, 2016 2016 Annual Action Plan Establishes a series of projects and activities for the program year July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017. Submitted for HUD review on June 3, 2016.
 August 14, 2015 2015 Annual Action Plan Establishes a series of projects and activities for the program year July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016. HUD Review Completed.
 August 14, 2015 2015-19 Consolidated Plan Sets the goals and objectives for the programs for a five year period starting in 2015. HUD Review Completed.
January 5, 2015 2014 Consolidated Annual Performance & Evaluation Report Report on accomplishments and progress toward Consolidated Plan goals HUD Review Completed.

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 opened the 2018-19 application round for CDBG and ESG funds on February 6, 2018. Organizations are encouraged to complete an application on ZoomGrants prior to the February 25, 2018 deadline.

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