CARES Act Funding




The City of Trenton invites public comment on a Substantial Amendment to the Fiscal Year 2019 Annual Action Plan. The public comment period will end on November 9, 2020. The substantial amendment is available for review online at or can be emailed upon request by calling 609-989-3521 (7-1-1 TDD - NJ Relay Center) or emailing

Notice is hereby given, that the City of Trenton will hold a virtual public hearing on Thursday November 5, 2020 at 5:30 P.M. Instructions to access the virtual meeting is listed below. 

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Original Budget

New Budget






CDBG-CV Economic Development Loans



 - $522,000.00

CDBG-CV Emergency Shelter Operations



- $400,000.00

CDBG-CV Buildings and Improvements




CDBG-CV Meal Delivery/Food Banks Program



+ $300,000.00 

CDBG-CV Mortgage, Rent, and Utility Relief Program (NEW)



+ $622,000.00 





The purpose of the hearing is to discuss the proposed amendment to the FY 2019 Annual Action Plan CARES Act allocation of funds. The City plans to reallocate unexpended CARES Act funds to create a new CDBG-CV Mortgage, Rent, and Utility Relief Program and provide additional funding to the CDBG-CV Food Banks and/or Meal Delivery Programs.  Both programs will provide assistance to low to moderate income City of Trenton households or individuals who experience economic hardship as a result of the Covid-19 Pandemic. Comments on the Substantial Amendment may be submitted by participating in the public hearing described above or by emailing comments to   All comments must be received by 4:30 pm, Monday November 9, 2020.

The City of Trenton intends to submit the Substantial Amendment to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on or about November 16, 2020. City Council is expected to take action on Substantial Amendment on November 12, 2020 at their regular meeting.  

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The City of Trenton has been fortunate to receive a special allocation of Community Development Block Grant and Emergency Solutions Grant Entitlement funds that will be used to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19). This allocation was authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), Public Law 116-136, which was signed into law on March 27, 2020, to respond to the growing effects of this historic public health crisis. The CARES Act will provide an additional $1,741,304 in Community Development Block Grant funds and $831,962 in Emergency Solutions Grant funds specifically aimed at addressing issues arising from the Coronavirus pandemic.  These funds are commonly referred to as CDBG-CV and ESG-CV funds. In addition to the CARES funding, the city will also reallocate $1,002,995.80 in unexpended 2019 and prior fiscal years funds to support these programs.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has waived some CDBG statutory requirements for grantees that will enable swift implementation of CDBG-CV grants. This webpage will be updated as information becomes available such as CDBG-CV and ESG-CV eligible activities and the City’s anticipated distribution/use of funding.

Below is link to the amended 2019 Action Plan for the Use of CDBG funds.  This document details the activities that the City is currently undertaking to address COVID-19 related issues with the  funding.  The amendments are red.

Notice of Public Hearing & Substantial Amendment to the City of Trenton FY 2019 Annual Action Plan

FY 2019 Annual Action Plan #2

2019 Substantial Amendment Public Hearing Slides May 4, 2020

FY2019 Substantial Amendment to the Annual Action Plan (CARES Act Funding)

Special allocation Coronavirus CDBG Letter

Special allocation Coronavirus ESG Letter

Notice of Public Hearing and Substantial Amendments to the City of Trenton FY 2019 Annual Action Plan

Quick Guide to CDBG Eligible Activities to Support Coronavirus and Other Infectious Disease Response

Eligible ESG Program Costs for Infectious Disease Preparedness

HUD Exchange - CDBG COVID-19 Resources

Learn how grantees may use CDBG funds for eligible activities that prevent and respond to the spread of infectious diseases such as the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).