Community Development

Community Development Block Grant

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds are received from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on an annual basis to revitalize neighborhoods, expand affordable housing and economic opportunities, and/or improve community facilities and services, principally to benefit low-and moderate-income persons. The Housing and Community Services Division administers approximately $775 thousand in CDBG funds annually.


CDBG provides a flexible source of funding to develop viable urban communities by providing decent affordable housing, creating suitable living environments, and expanding economic opportunities for low- and moderate-income persons. The City, with the participation of local citizens, allocate resources toward projects that qualify as meeting one or more of the following three (3) broad national objectives set by Congress:

  1. Benefit low and moderate income persons;
  2. aid to prevent or eliminate slums and blight; or
  3. meet other community development needs in an urgent situation;

Eligible Applicants

CDBG funds are awarded to City departments, other public agencies, public and private nonprofit entities and for-profit entities to carry out eligible housing and community development projects within the boundaries of the City of Independence.

Eligible Clientele

Projects receiving assistance must serve low- and moderate-income persons (generally defined by HUD as members of a family earning no more than 80 percent of the area median income) and/or prevent or eliminate slums and blight.

Activities that benefit low- and moderate-income persons can address this objective by:

  1. serving low- and moderate-income areas, or
  2. serving low- and moderate-income clientele.

An activity to prevent or eliminate slums and blight, generally the project provides a benefit to the service area and the area must be designated by the City as a slum, blighted or deteriorated area. Activities assisted must address one or more conditions which contributed to the deterioration of the area.

Eligible Activities

The following is a list of eligible activities within the CDBG program:

  • Acquisition of Real Property
  • Disposition
  • Public Facilities and Improvements
  • Clearance
  • Public Services
  • Interim Assistance
  • Relocation
  • Loss of Rental Income
  • Privately-Owned Utilities
  • Rehabilitation
  • Code Enforcement
  • Homeownership Assistance Planning and Capacity Building Program
  • Administration Costs

Ineligible Activities

The following is a list of ineligible activities within the CDBG program:

  • Assistance to buildings used for the general conduct of government
  • General Government Expenses
  • Political Activities
  • Purchase of Equipment
  • Operating and maintenance expenses
  • New Housing Construction
  • Income payments

Additional Information


The City of Independence has submitted the 2015-19 Five Year Consolidated Plan and 2015-16 Annual Action Plan for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships Act programs, authorized by the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  


The Consolidated Plan is available here:  2015-19 Five Year Consolidated Plan


                                                                      2015-19 Five Year Consolidated Plan Citizen Comments Received

                                                                      2016-17 Annual Action Plan Draft

                                                                       Exhibit A: 2016-17 Annual Action Plan Citizen Comments Received




TIME LINE FOR 2016/2017 CDBG Funding Process 

December 8th, 2015 Public Notice in Examiner requesting proposals for Public Service Programs; Application and instructions notice to current Sub-recipients and Public Notice Database and posted online 

January 8th, 2016 CDBG 2016-2017 grant application deadline 5 p.m. 

January, 27, 2016 Grant Programs Advisory Committee Meeting @ City Hall Conf. Rm C 9 a.m. 

March 1, 2016 - Public notice of Annual Action Plan and funding allocation, beginning of 30 day public comment period (send notice to examiner the day after study session, public comment period begins at publication date)

March 21 2016  Public hearing on proposed funding @ City Hall Conf. Rm D 4-6 p.m. (at least 15 days from above) 

March 30, 2016 Public comment period closes. (30 days from above)

April 4th, 2016 First reading for approval of Action Plan for use of 2016-2017 CDBG funds  
April 18, 2016 Second reading for approval of Action Plan for use of 2016-2017 CDBG funds
May 13, 2016 Annual Action Plan submitted to HUD if Budget Appropriation approved by Federal Government 

July 1, 2016 2016-2017 Funds are made available for projects if Plan has been accepted by HUD