Division of Community Development

Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG)

CDBG Program Overview

As a city with a population of more than 50,000 people, the City of Lakewood is a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) entitlement community. The 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.

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.

Citizen Participation

A grantee must develop and follow a detailed plan which provides for, and encourages, citizen participation and which emphasizes participation by persons of low- or moderate-income, particularly residents of predominantly low- and moderate-income neighborhoods, slum or blighted areas, and areas in which the grantee proposes to use CDBG funds. The plan must:

  • provide citizens with reasonable and timely access to local meetings, information, and records related to the grantee's proposed and actual use of funds
  • provide for public hearings to obtain citizen views and to respond to proposals and questions at all stages of the community development program, including at least the development of needs, the review of proposed activities, and review of program performance
  • provide for timely written answers to written complaints and grievances
  • identify how the needs of non-English speaking residents will be met in the case of public hearings where a significant number of non-English speaking residents can be reasonably expected to participate
Eligible Activities

CDBG funds may be used for activities which include, but are not limited to:

  • acquisition of real property
  • relocation and demolition
  • rehabilitation of residential and non-residential structures
  • construction of public facilities and improvements, such as water and sewer facilities, streets, neighborhood centers, and the conversion of school buildings for eligible purposes
  • public services, within certain limits
  • activities relating to energy conservation and renewable energy resources
  • provision of assistance to profit-motivated businesses to carry out economic development and job creation/retention activities
Ineligible Activities

Generally, the following types of activities are ineligible:

  • acquisition, construction, or reconstruction of buildings for the general conduct of government
  • political activities
  • certain income payments
  • construction of new housing by units of general local government
Program Requirements

To receive its annual CDBG entitlement grant, a grantee must develop and submit to HUD its Consolidated Plan, which is a jurisdiction's comprehensive planning document and application for funding under the following Community Planning and Development formula grant programs: CDBG, HOME Investment Partnerships, Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA), and Emergency Shelter Grants (ESG).

In its Consolidated Plan, the jurisdiction must identify its goals for these programs as well as for housing programs. The goals will serve as the criteria against which HUD will evaluate a jurisdiction's Plan and its performance under the Plan. Also, the Consolidated Plan must include several required certifications, including that not less than 70% of the CDBG funds received, over a one, two or three year period specified by the grantee, will be used for activities that benefit low- and moderate-income persons, and that the grantee will affirmatively further fair housing.

HUD will approve a Consolidated Plan submission unless the Plan (or a portion of it) is inconsistent with the purposes of the National Affordable Housing Act or is substantially incomplete. All documents the City of Lakewood reports to HUD are available to the public in the DIVISION of Community Development and online. Please contact the Grants Administrator for information.

Lakewood's CDBG Program

Grant Amount

For the 2008 fiscal year, the City of Lakewood will receive $2,172,899 in Community Development Block Grant funds and $96,602 in Emergency Shelter Grant funds. HUD determines the amount of each entitlement grant by a statutory dual formula which uses several objective measures of community needs, including the extent of poverty, population, housing overcrowding, age of housing and population growth lag in relationship to other metropolitan areas.

Lakewood's Subrecipients

In fiscal year 2008, these organizations and departments are receiving CDBG funds for specific programs:

City of Lakewood:

Local Non-profits:

Organizations and departments receiving ESG funds:

Citizens Advisory Committee

Public Notice:


Friday, November 14, 2014 12:00 AM

Public Notice
FY15-FY19 Consolidated Plan & FY15 Action Plan Comment Period & Hearing
FY15 Federal Funding Estimates & Recommendations

As an entitlement community under Section 106 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, the City of Lakewood receives federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), and HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) funding directly from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD).

Five-Year Consolidated Plan & Annual Action Plan
Every five (5) years, Lakewood prepares a Consolidated Plan. Based on a thorough analysis of market conditions and available resources, the Con Plan identifies and prioritizes the city’s housing and non-housing community and economic development needs; describes place-based strategies to provide decent housing, a suitable living environment, and expanded economic opportunities, primarily for low-moderate income people; and establishes multi-year accomplishment goals in these areas. It is carried-out through a series of (5) Action Plans which serve as the city’s annual federal funding applications to HUD.

Lakewood is currently developing its FY15 Annual Action Plan and FY15-FY19 Five Year Consolidated Plan. These documents will be distributed for public review and a Public Hearing will be held to solicit feedback regarding their contents in accordance with federal regulations and citizen participation requirements.

Public Review & Comment Period
All interested persons are invited to review and comment on Lakewood’s FY15-FY19 Five Year Consolidated Plan and FY15 Annual Action Plan. Draft copies will be available from Thursday, October 16, 2014 through Friday, November 14, 2014 at both Lakewood public library branches (15425 Detroit Ave. & 13229 Madison Ave.); in Lakewood’s Department of Planning and Development (12650 Detroit Avenue, Basement Level); and via the city’s website at www.onelakewood.com. Please submit input prior to 5pm on Friday, November 14, 2014 to Dan Wyman, Development Officer, 12650 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood, OH, 44107; (216) 529-7680; daniel.wyman@lakewoodoh.net. A summary of feedback received, including comments not accepted and the reasons therefore, will be included in the final versions transmitted to HUD.

Public Hearing
A Public Hearing for the purpose of discussing and soliciting feedback regarding Lakewood’s FY15-FY19 Consolidated Plan and FY15 Action Plan will be held on Monday, October 27, 2014 at 6:30pm in the City Hall Auditorium, 12650 Detroit Ave. Citizen attendance and participation are strongly encouraged.

FY15 Federal Funding Estimates & Recommendations
Lakewood anticipates receiving the following FY15 federal funding allocations: CDBG ($1,700,000); ESG ($140,000); and HOME ($175,000); actual amounts may vary at the time of funding. Lakewood’s Citizens Advisory Committee convened (4) times between July 31 – August 27, 2014, including (2) Public Hearings, to review FY15 funding requests submitted by city departments and not-for-profit agencies then made the following allocation recommendations to City Council.





FY15 CDBG Allocation Recommendations




Dept of Planning & Development

CDBG Planning & Administration


Dept of Planning & Development

Section 108 Loan Repayment


Dept of Public Works

Street Improvements


Div of Community Development

HOME Program Activity Delivery


Div of Community Development

Repair, Accessibility & Maintenance Program


Div of Community Development

Nuisance Rehabilitation Program


Div of Community Development

Home Weatherization



Paint Rebate Program


Div of Housing & Building

Project Pride Code Enforcement Program


Div of Community Development

Storefront Renovation Program



Housing Outreach Services


Lakewood Community Services Center

Food Pantry Program


Lakewood Community Services Center

Employment Services Program


Lakewood Community Services Center

LMI Case Management


Div of Early Childhood

Childcare Scholarship Assistance Program


Div of Aging

Senior Case Management Program


Domestic Violence Center

Victim Advocacy Services


North Coast Health Ministry

Health Services





FY15 ESG Allocation Recommendations




Lakewood Community Services Center

Homelessness Prevention Services


Lakewood Community Services Center

Emergency Shelter Services


Dept of Planning & Development

ESG Planning & Administration




The CAC also recommended Lakewood continue to utilize its estimated $175,000 FY15 HOME allocation to support the city’s First-Time Homebuyer Program and other eligible projects that maintain housing affordability for low-moderate-income residents.

Lakewood’s Mayor and City Council gratefully acknowledge and thank the following CAC members for their service and tremendous commitment of time and energy to this important endeavor.

JT Neuffer, Co-Chair

Maureen Dostal

Karolyn Isenhart   

Suzanne Metelko  

Greg Mahoney, Co-Chair

Martina Edman

J. Patrick Lang

Andrew Meyer

Chris Bindel

Laura Hampton

David Lukas

Richard Neff

Zach Brown

Donnald Heckelmoser

Grant MacKay

Chris Varano