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:

Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) Meeting Notice Schedule

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 6:30 PM

WEDNESDAY, JULY 30, 2015 AT 7:00 PM

On Wednesday, July 30, 2015, Lakewood’s Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC), comprised of (17) residents appointed by the Mayor and City Council, will hold its annual Organizational Meeting followed by the first of two Public Hearings held prior to submission of the City’s 2015 – 2019 Five-Year Consolidated Plan and Fiscal Year 2015 (FY15) One-Year Action Plan to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Each year, the CAC reviews proposals for federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), and HOME Investment Partnership (HOME) funding submitted by City departments and not-for-profit agencies then makes recommendations to City Council regarding the allocation of these funds.

In addition to descriptions of Lakewood’s federally-funded community/economic development programs, their goals and objectives, and the citizen participation process instrumental in distributing these funds, the following topics will be covered.

FY15 CDBG FUNDS: The City of Lakewood anticipates receiving approximately $1,700,000 in FY15 CDBG funds from HUD. This is a preliminary estimate; the actual amount is subject to change. Potential uses for CDBG resources, utilized to address a variety of housing, community, and economic development needs, will be discussed.

FY15 ESG FUNDS: The City of Lakewood anticipates receiving approximately $140,000 in FY15 ESG funds from HUD. This is a preliminary estimate; the final amount is subject to change. Potential uses for ESG resources, utilized to serve the literally homeless and prevent homelessness among those at greatest risk of losing their housing, will be discussed.

FY15 HOME  FUNDS:  The City of Lakewood anticipates receiving approximately $200,000 in FY15 HOME funds from HUD through its fiscal agent, the Cuyahoga County Housing Consortium. This is a preliminary estimate; the final amount is subject to change. Potential uses for HOME resources, utilized to increase affordable homeownership opportunities for low-moderate income households, will be discussed.

CDBG MULTI-YEAR  CERTIFICATION PERIOD:  By regulation, Lakewood must expend at least 70% of its CDBG funds on activities directly benefiting low-moderate income households. HUD permits the City to attain this percentage over three-years, also known as a multi-year certification period. A proposal to continue the current FY13 – FY15 certification period will be considered.

FIVE-YEAR CONSOLIDATED PLAN: HUD requires Lakewood to prepare a Consolidated Plan (Con Plan) every five (5) years as a condition of receiving federal CDBG, ESG, and HOME funds. The Con Plan, based on a thorough analysis of market conditions and available resources, identifies and prioritizes housing and non-housing community development needs; describes strategies to provide decent housing, a suitable living environment, and expanded economic opportunities for low-moderate income people; and establishes multi-year accomplishment goals in these areas. Lakewood’s FY15 – FY19 Con Plan process will be discussed.

The CAC will hear FY15 funding applicant presentations on the following dates.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

6:30 PM

Lakewood City Hall Auditorium

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

6:30 PM

Lakewood City Hall Auditorium

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

6:30 PM

Lakewood City Hall Auditorium

The CAC’s second FY15 Public Hearing will be held on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 6:30 PM in the Lakewood City Hall Auditorium. Citizen attendance is encouraged and feedback regarding community needs and the city’s federally-funded activities is solicited during the Public Comment Period at the conclusion of each hearing. For additional information please contact Dan Wyman at 216.529.7680 or Daniel.Wyman@Lakewoodoh.net.