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City of Lee's Summit Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program

How to Use This Website

 (posted on June 26, 2009 09:48)

The CDBG Program is a federal program administered by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The City, as a Grantee, receives funds each year to meet HUD's National Objectives. Due to the complex nature of the program, it is not an easy task to develop a one-fits-all system that will meet the needs of everyone in an easy to use format. We recommend that you read on to see how you can make this website work for you.

If you are new to CDBG, we recommend that you go directly to the CDBG Frequently Asked Questions section under Community Development Block Grant (accessible from the sidebar on the left-hand side of the screen) to see our answers to the most commonly asked questions about the CDBG program, the First Time Homebuyer program and Minor Home Repair program. Our menu on the sidebar clearly indicates that the site is organized such that the General Introduction about the program is the first-things-first. Then you are introduced to the top level (CDBG) plans, which identify community needs and provide information about actions to be funded with CDBG grant to meet those needs. Various reports are provided to summarize accomplishments and other key indicators.

After you gain a good understanding of the program, you may want to know how to apply for funds and determine whether your project is eligible for CDBG funds. Our next group of links in the menu will help you accomplish that. If you are already a subrecipient agency and you need to provide your staff opportunities for training or you want to know about subrecipient monitoring schedules or you want to file quarterly beneficiaries reports, you can find links in relevant web pages.

The CDBG Home will provide you with the latest news, new federal regulation changes, new initiatives, important events as related to CDBG. So come back to get yourself up to speed on what is happening.

If you really want to become an expert on CDBG or if you are a subrecipient or if you will soon become a subrecipient, you may find our Helpful Links page extremely valuable. Here you can find training materials, handbooks as well as federal regulations.

Should you need to contact our CDBG Staff at City Hall, you can go to the Contact Information section to get our phone numbers and mail addresses.

Good Luck!


General Information

(New) City's 2018-19 CDBG Program

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. Here is a brochure with a general description of the two programs. 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.