Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program
HOME Investment Partnership (HOME)
Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Program
The City 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.
SUMMARY OF PROGRAMS
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:
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.
- 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 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:
CURRENT LIST OF PROJECTS AND USES
- 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 list of current projects will be updated after the Annual Action Plan is formally adopted and subitted to HUD.
A list of projects in previous program years can be found by reviewing the Action Plan's of any given year.
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
|June 3, 2016
||2015-16 Substantial Amendment
||Amends the use of Entitlement Funds, Program Income and Reallocated CDBG Funds.
||Public review period ends July 5, 2016.
|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.
||Approved by HUD.
| August 14, 2015
||2015-19 Consolidated Plan
||Sets the goals and objectives for the programs for a five year period starting in 2015.
||Approved by HUD.
|January 5, 2015
||2014 Consolidated Annual Performance & Evaluation Report
||Report on accomplishments and progress toward Consolidated Plan goals
||Accepted by HUD.
Documents from prior years can be found in the CDBG Program Archives.
APPLYING FOR ASSISTANCE
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 were due on February 5, 2016 at 5:00PM. The opening of the next round of public service applications will be announced on the CDBG Email List. A complete list of all applications that applied in the 2016-17 round can be found here.