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Federal Grants Management

Federal Grants Management:  CDBG, HOME & ESG
Federal Grants Management: CDBG, HOME & ESG

The City receives three grants on an annual basis from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to serve low and moderate-income residents in the areas of affordable housing, economic development, community development and public services. The amounts are determined by a formula that considers the City's age of housing stock, population size and degree of poverty, as well as annual funding levels by the U.S. Congress.

See an overview about these programs.

Federal Grants Overview

Federal Grants Management is a component within the Community Development Department that also works with the Department of Human Service Programs (DHSP) to manage federal grants. Cambridge receives three substantial “block grants” from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on an annual basis for the purposes of affordable housing, economic development, community development, public services and homeless services. These grants are the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), the Home Investment Partnership Program (HOME) and the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG).

To learn more about how the City utilizes CDBG, HOME, and ESG funds, click here

There is currently a draft version of the FY2018 Action Plan that describes the City's plans to utilize CDBG, HOME and ESG grants from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Feedback is due to Robert Keller at rkeller@cambridgema.gov by May 22, 2017. 

Notable CDBG, HOME and ESG Accomplishments in FY 2016:

  • The City leveraged over $11 million in other federal, state, local and private funding sources.
  • 201 new affordable housing units were created, and an additional 136 affordable housing units had their affordability preserved.
  • 48 aspiring entrepreneurs received a broad array of business development training and consultation services, 15 locally owned businesses received improvement and accessibility grants, 9 residents graduated from Just-A-Start’s highly successful BioMedical Careers Training Program. Since 2011, the City has utilized CDBG funds to provide over 160 local businesses improvement grants, 70 residents received career training and close to 500 residents received businesses development and financial literacy training.
  • More than 5,000 low-income residents received crucial services, including food insecurity assistance, domestic violence services, legal services, youth employment access and supportive services for linguistic minorities. Since 2011, the City has assisted close to 35,000 low-income families, youths, seniors, persons with disabilities and other individuals with a broad array of essential services funded by the CDBG program.
  • The ESG program supported local organizations that shelter over 2,500 homeless, individuals, including more than 100 children, while also preventing the imminent homelessness of 100 families. Street outreach efforts reach over 700 at-risk or homeless youths across the city.