Community Development Block Grant

Annually, the City of Palo Alto receives funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to administer the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. This program funds various nonprofit agencies to implement services that benefit low- and moderate-income persons and address community development needs.

Grantees are generally selected through a competitive process and provide services such as case management to secure affordable housing and employment, fair housing, employment training senior daycare and housing rehabilitation.

News Update - March 12, 2021

On March 11, 2021, the Palo Alto Human Relations Commission (HRC) held a public hearing and took the following actions: 

  • Provided funding recommendations for the Fiscal Year 2021-22 Community Development Block Grant Entitlement Program; and
  • Review and recommended approval of the Draft Fiscal Year 2021-22 Annual Action Plan. 

The Draft Annual Action Plan was made available for public review and comment for 30 days from March 15, 2021 and concluded on April 16, 2021. Upon conclusion of the public review period, staff will present the HRC’s funding recommendations and FY2021-22 draft Annual Action Plan to the City Council on May 3, 2021 for adoption. Subsequently, the adopted FY2021-22 AAP will be submitted to HUD by the May 15, 2021 deadline. The funding recommendations made by the HRC are as follows:


Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) Fiscal Year 2021/22 - Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA)

Application Period Now Closed

2020 - 2025 Draft Consolidated Plan

The City of Palo Alto is an entitlement City that receives CDBG funding from HUD. HUD requires the City to create a five-year Consolidated Plan to direct and allocate CDBG funds. The 2020-2025 Consolidated Plan (ConPlan) is built on a community-oriented participatory process and will function as an application for federal funds under HUD’s CDBG program. The ConPlan will also outline specific goals and priority needs where CDBG funds will be allocated over the next five years. 

Additionally, the ConPlan contains the 2020-2021 Annual Action Plan, which serves as an allocation of funds to specific projects and activities for the first fiscal year of the ConPlan. 

2020-2025 Consolidated Plan and 2020-2021 Annual Action Plan

Substantial Amendment to Annual Action Plan FY2020-21

Annual Action Plan FY2021-22

The City of Palo Alto is developing its FY 2021-22 Annual Action Plan (APP). The Annual Action Plan identifies the City’s housing and community development needs and provides a one-year action plan to demonstrate how the City will invest its CDBG grants in order to address those needs. The funded activities are intended to meet Palo Alto’s affordable housing and community development objectives described in the 2020-2025 Consolidated Plan. 

The development of the AAP is significantly informed by public feedback. A 30-day public review and comment period on the Draft 2021-22 Annual Action Plan for the allocation of FY2021-22 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds, began on March 15, 2021 and will end on April 16, 2021. 

If you would like to provide comments on the AAP, the City welcomes your attendance at any of the meetings listed in the schedule below. Additionally, comments may be provided by phone, regular mail (to CDBG Staff Specialist, Planning & Development Services, 250 Hamilton Ave, 5th Floor, Palo Alto, California 94301), or email via the contact information listed below for both English speakers and those with limited English proficiency.

ELECTRONIC COPIES:  The draft Annual Action Plan can be viewed electronically at the link provided below:

FY2021-22 Annual Action Plan(PDF, 961KB)

CONTACT INFORMATION: For questions and/or comments regarding the AAP, please contact Erum Maqbool at (650) 329-2660 or by emailing


The City of Palo Alto Human Relations Commission held a virtual public hearing to review and took public comments on the draft FY2021-22 Annual Action Plan and Fiscal Year 2021 CDBG funding allocations recommended by the CDBG Human Relations Selection Committee on Thursday, March 11, 2021.

The Palo Alto City Council will hold a Public Hearing on Monday, May 3, 2021 to adopt the FY 2021-22 Annual Action Plan and the associated FY 2021 CDBG allocations. The Public Hearing will be held at 5:00 p.m., or as soon as possible thereafter, via Virtual Teleconference. Visit here for Agenda, Meeting Link and additional information related to the meeting.

Persons with disabilities who require materials in an appropriate alternative format, auxiliary aids, or modifications to policies or procedures to access City meetings, programs, or services should contact the City's ADA Coordinator George Hoyt at 650-329-2550 (voice) or by emailing Requests for assistance or accommodations should be submitted as soon as possible but no later than 48 hours in advance of a scheduled meeting, program, or service.

Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) FY2019

The CAPER is an annual document outlining the progress the jurisdiction has made in carrying out its strategic plan and its Annual Action Plan. The CAPER is an overview of major initiatives and highlights that were proposed and executed throughout the program year.  The FY2019 CAPER represents the fifth year of the City’s Five-Year Consolidated plan covering the period 2015-2020 and covers the accomplishments under the CDBG program for the period July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020.

FY2019-20 Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER)(PDF, 578KB)

Citizen Participation Plan

The Citizen Participation Plan (CPP) outlines the public's participation in the City’s CDBG Program. This plan applies to citizens, nonprofit organizations, and other interested parties. The CPP was adopted by City Council on November 30, 2020.

Adopted Citizen Participation Plan 2020(PDF, 935KB)