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.

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Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) FY 2023/2024 — Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA)

The City of Palo Alto is pleased to present the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funded Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Application Information packet to interested parties. This packet is intended to explain the federal and local goals of the CDBG program and to assist you in applying for funding under the City’s two-year funding cycle that includes FY 2023-24 (July 1, 2023 to June 30, 2024) AND FY 2024-25 (July 1, 2024 to June 30, 2025). Included in the packet are a summary of program administration procedures, instructions to complete the CDBG application, and an explanation of activities eligible for funding. 

Applications are due by November 29, 2022, 3:00 PM

CDBG FY 2023-24 & FY 2023-2025 Application Packet(PDF, 2MB)
Public Notice Card(PDF, 96KB)

Pre-Proposal Conference Presentation(PDF, 449KB)  (November 10, 2022 at 11:30 AM meeting) 

For further information regarding applications, contact Maria Gallegos, CDBG Consultant, at (951) 961-9068, or via email at maria.gallegos@mbakerintl.com.   

Previous Meetings

The City of Palo Alto Human Relations Commission (HRC) held a public hearing to review and take comments on the draft revised Citizen Participation Plan on Tuesday, May 24, 2022 via virtual teleconference. The public was invited to view and comment on the document May 10, 2022 through May 24, 2022.

Public Hearing Notice for Amendment to the CDBG Citizen Participation Plan

Draft Amended Citizen Participation Plan, 2022

Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) Fiscal Year 2022/2023 - Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA)

The City of Palo Alto is pleased to present the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funded Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Application Information packet to interested parties.  This packet is intended to explain the federal and local goals of the CDBG program and to assist you in applying for CDBG funds for program year July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023.  Included in the packet are a summary of program administration procedures, instructions to complete the CDBG application, and an explanation of activities eligible for funding. 

Applications are due by January 14, 2022, 3:00 PM

CDBG FY 2022-23 Application Packet(PDF, 399KB)

Attendance at the virtual Pre-Proposal Conference is MANDATORY for all applicants.
Mandatory Pre-Proposal Conference is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on Friday, January 7, 2022 via a Zoom meeting.

Meeting ID: 883 4959 5590

Phone number: (669) 900-6833

Meeting Zoom Link: https://cityofpaloalto.zoom.us/

For further information regarding applications, contact Maria Gallegos, CDBG Consultant, at (951) 961-9068, or via email at maria.gallegos@mbakerintl.com.  

2020 - 2025 Adopted 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

Draft Annual Action Plan FY2022-23

The City of Palo Alto is developing its FY 2022-23 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 2022-23 Annual Action Plan for the allocation of FY 2022-23 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds, began on May 20, 2022 and will end on June 20, 2022. 

If you would like to provide comments on the Draft 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:

FY 2022-23 Draft Annual Action Plan

PUBLIC HEARINGS: 

Please see the Public Hearing Notice below

Public Hearing Notice

Adopted Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) FY2020-21

The CAPER is an annual document outlining the progress the jurisdiction has made in carrying out its strategic plan and its Annual Action Plan. It provides an overview of major initiatives and highlights that were proposed and executed throughout the program year.  The FY2020-21 CAPER represents the first year of the City’s Five-Year Consolidated plan covering the period 2020-25 and covers the accomplishments under the CDBG program for the period July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021.

Adopted FY2020-21 Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER)(PDF, 724KB)

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.

Draft Amended Citizen Participation Plan, 2022

Adopted Citizen Participation Plan 2020(PDF, 935KB)

The City of Palo Alto City Council held a hybrid (in-person/virtual) public meeting to discuss, consider, or take action on the Draft Revised Citizen Participation Plan on Monday, September 12, 2022.

Agenda & Staff Report

The public was invited to view and comment on the document from August 26, 2022 to September 10, 2022

Draft Community Block Grant (CDBG) Citizen Participation Plan(PDF, 787KB) 

Public Hearing Notice for the Amendment to the Community Block Grant (CDBG) Citizen Participation Plan(PDF, 142KB)

Consolidated Annual Performance & Evaluation Report

The City of Palo Alto Human Relations Commission (HRC) held a virtual public hearing for its draft fiscal year (FY) 2021-2022 Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) to take comments on Thursday, September 8, 2022 via virtual teleconference.

The public was invited to view and comment on the CAPER from August 24, 2022 to September 7, 2022. 

FY 2021-22 Draft Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER)(PDF, 372KB)

Public Hearing Notice for CAPER(PDF, 478KB)