Community Development Block Grant Program

Program Contacts

General Questions
Heping Zhan
Assistant Director
Planning and Special Projects

Sarah Tilbury
CDBG Administrator
Development Services

Amy Hugunin
Administration Manager
Development Services

First Time Homebuyer
Jennifer Thompson
Senior Planner
Development Services

Minor Home Repair
Jessica Asher or Tracy Deister
Development Services

Highlights of the Day

Public Notice - Combined Public Hearing and Public Comment Periods Scheduled (Documents for review can be found in the notice below)

2019-20 Annual Action Plan and Draft of the 2018-19 Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER)

The City of Lee’s Summit, Missouri was designated as an Entitlement Community under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). A combined public hearing has been scheduled for Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. in the Strother Conference Room at Lee’s Summit City Hall, 220 SE Green Street, Lee’s Summit, Missouri.

The Federal CDBG program requires that the Grantee (The City) hold two public hearings on its Annual Action Plan each program year. The City Council Community and Economic Development Committee (CEDC) held a public hearing on March 13, 2019 on the 2019-20 Annual Action Plan, which was adopted by the City Council on May 21st. The purpose of the second public hearing is to provide the public an opportunity to review the progress and accomplishment of the Consolidated Plan goals during the implementation of the 2019-20 Annual Action Plan and seek public input. The 2019-20 Annual Action Plan distributes $373,739.00 Community Development Block Grant funds awarded to the City by HUD for the 2019-20 program year and $16,023.60 additional unspent funds from prior program years to support local programs benefiting low- and moderate-income persons and households and persons with special needs. These funded programs range from public services to rehabilitation of low-income housing. 

The Federal CDBG regulations and the Grantee’s Citizen Participation Plan also require that the Grantee prepare a Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) following the end of each program year. The second portion of the public hearing will provide the public an opportunity for public review and comment on the Draft 2018-19 CAPER prepared by the City. The CAPER includes a comprehensive review of the status and accomplishments of all funded activities during the past program year, including the relationship of these activities to the priorities and objectives set forth in the City’s 2015-19 Consolidated Plan and the 2018-19 Annual Action Plan. Additionally, the report includes the numbers of low-to-moderate income persons served. (Draft CAPER contains data accurate as of the date of its printing and subject to change at time of final report). Persons needing reasonable accommodations for the public hearing should contact the City at (816) 969-1200 a minimum of five (5) days prior to the hearing.

As required by the Citizen Participation Plan, the public will have a period of no less than thirty (30) days to submit comments to the City regarding the 2019-20 Annual Action Plan and its implementation. The public comment period starts on August 30 and ends on September 30, 2019. Also as required, the public will have a period of no less than fifteen (15) days to submit comments to the City regarding the Draft 2018-19 CAPER. The public comment period starts on September 2 and ends on September 16, 2019. Both oral and written comments will be accepted by mail to Development Services, City of Lee’s Summit, 220 SE Green St, Lee’s Summit, MO 64063, by email to or by phone (816) 969-1200 asking for CDBG Staff.

Copies of the 2019-20 Annual Action Plan and the Draft 2018-19 CAPER will be available for public review from August 30, 2019 at the Development Services Department and City Clerk’s office in the City Hall at 220 SE Green Street, Lee’s Summit, Missouri and available by following the hyperlinks below:

  1. 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan (Adopted)
  2. 2019-20 Annual Action Plan (Adopted)
  3. 2018-2019 Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (Draft)

These documents are also available at the Mid-Continent Public Library Lee’s Summit Branches, 150 NW Oldham Pkwy and 1000 NE Colbern Rd; or upon request free of charge. 

Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice  City of Lee's Summit Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice has been completed and submitted to HUD. To learn about this study, please visit the Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choices Project.

First Time Homebuyer Program is funded through the Community Development Block Grant. Eligible first time homebuyers can be granted up to $3,000 to cover closing costs and up to 50 percent of the required down payment. To learn more, please visit the First Time Homebuyer Program.

Minor Home Repair Program is also funded through the CDBG program. This program provides up to $10,000 to qualified single family owner-occupied homeowners for eligible exterior home repairs and up to $3,000 to qualified homeowners for eligible minor private sanitary sewer repairs/improvements. To learn about the program and apply for the grant, please visit Minor Home Repair Program.


The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) 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.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (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. Grantees 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 not meeting 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 in August 1994. With this designation, the City receives a grant on an annual basis contingent upon congressional 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. There is a selection and fund allocation process to ensure funds are used to achieve community goals and objectives as established in the five-year Consolidated Plan. Diagram of the CDBG Process 

For agencies interested in participating in the program, visit CDBG Entitlement Program.

Currently, the First Time Homebuyer Program and Minor Home Repair Program are funded by the 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.