The CDBG Entitlement Program
The program provides annual grants on a formula basis to entitled cities and counties to develop viable urban communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment, and by expanding economic opportunities, principally for low- and moderate-income persons. The program is authorized under Title 1 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, Public Law 93-383, as amended; 42 U.S.C.-5301 et seq.
HUD awards grants to entitlement community grantees to carry out a wide range of community development activities directed toward revitalizing neighborhoods, economic development, and providing improved community facilities and services.
Entitlement communities develop their own programs and funding priorities. However, grantees must give maximum feasible priority to activities which benefit low- and moderate-income persons. A grantee may also carry out activities which aid in the prevention or elimination of slums or blight. Additionally, grantees may fund activities when the grantee certifies that the activities meet other community development needs having a particular urgency because existing conditions pose a serious and immediate threat to the health or welfare of the community where other financial resources are not available to meet such needs. CDBG funds may not be used for activities which do not meet these broad national objectives.
The City of Lee’s Summit CDBG Entitlement Program
Entitlement status is a designation for local communities generally with a population over 50,000. The City of Lee's Summit was designated as an Entitlement Community under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in August of 1994. Because of this designation, the City receives a grant on an annual basis contingent upon Congress approval of the Federal budget.
Currently, the City’s CDBG program is implemented through a process where qualified agencies apply for these funds prior to the start of each program year for eligible projects and activities and the City goes through a selection and fund allocation process to ensure funds are used to achieve the community goals and objectives as established in the five-year Consolidated Plan. The following link introduces you to a diagram that will help you understand the program and the process. View CDBG Diagram
If your agency is interested in participating in the program, you may follow this link to learn more.
Currently, the First Time Homebuyer Program and Minor Home Repair Program are funded with CDBG grant and administered by the City. Other programs and activities that receive CDBG funds are executed by other governmental or non-governmental agencies. To learn more, visit Programs and Applications section.