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

Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Program

The Cityof Trenton is eligible to receive 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 be a clearing house for information regarding the planning and implementation of the programs and to give members of the public opportunities to become involved and provide 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 ssubscrine to the City's CDBG Email List. This page contains a Summary of the Programs, a Currently List of Projects and Uses, a Document Library, and information on Applying for Assistance


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.

Additionally, on January 4, 2012, the following Program Rules was issued as it relates to the Emergency Shelter Grant Program, establishing new requirements and renaming the program to the Emergency Solutions Grant program (HEThe HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) provides formula grants to States and localities that communities use - often in partnership with local nonprofit groups - to fund a wide range of activities including building, buying, and/or rehabilitating affordable housing for rent or homeownership or providing direct rental assistance to low-income people. 

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 Improvement 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 2016-17 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.

Program Implementing Orgaization Project Title Budget
CDBG City of Trenton Administration $452,079
CDBG City of Trenton Demolition & Stabilization $451,535
CDBG City of Trenton Housing Rehabiltiation Hard Costs $375,000
CDBG City of Trenton Senior Centers Operations $184,054
CDBG City of Trenton Administration of Housing Rehabilitation Program $169,000
CDBG City of Trenton Senior Center Improvements $152,000
CDBG City of Trenton Match for Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration Grant $131,985
CDBG Prevention Education Inc. t/a PEI Kids Comprehensive Juvenile Offenders Outreach Services $51,368
CDBG Family Guidance Center Corporation Representative Payee  $46,000
CDBG The Crisis Ministry of Mercer County Housing Stability Shallow Subsidy and Case Management $45,000
CDBG National Junior Tennis & Learning of Trenton, Inc. (NJTLT) NJTL of Trenton Ashe, ACE, and Outreach Program Expansion $40,000
CDBG Millhill Child & Family Development Corporation Trenton PEERS Gang Prevention $36,000
CDBG Interfaith Caregivers of Greater Mercer County Neighbors Helping Neighbors Stay Healthy $35,000
CDBG Trenton Children's Chorus, Inc. Trenton Children's Chorus $30,000
CDBG Boys & Girls Clubs of Mercer County Middle-School Program Expansion $30,000
CDBG Shiloh Community Development Corporation Ready to Launch Work Readiness Program $28,375
CDBG YMCA of Trenton Trenton YMCA Active Older Adults $16,000
CDBG T.A.S.K. Inc. Meal Service Program $10,000
ESG Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton Rapid Rehousing for Individuals $129,512
ESG Womanspace, Inc. Shelter Supplies $20,000
ESG Anchor House Inc. Anchor House Shelter Operations $18,000
ESG The Rescue Mission of Trenton ESG - 2016 - Utilities/Food $15,000
ESG City of Trenton Administration $16,014
ESG City of Trenton HMIS Management $15,000
HOME City of Trenton Housing Development $402,643
HOME City of Trenton CHDO Set Aside $80,259
HOME City of Trenton Administration $53,686



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
July 13, 2017 2017-18 Annual Action Plan Draft document on review for public comment. On display until July 28, 2017.
June 6, 2017 2017 CDBG/ESG Application Guidelines Guidance for applicants to the City's 2017 CDBG and ESG Programs.  N/A
June 2, 2017 Technical Assistance Workshop Slides PowerPoint slides from the June 2, 2017 workshop N/A
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 allocation is made available to local nonprofits and faith-based organizations for public service projects. Assistance is provided through a competitive application process. Applications for the 2016-17 CDBG and ESG funding are due on June 23, 2017 at 11:59PM PST. Please visit the following link to submit an application to the program: https://zoomgrants.com/gprop.asp?donorid=2062&limited=1332.

A complete list of all applications that applied in the 2016-17 round can be found here.

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