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The Community Development Block Grant Program

Each year since 1975 the City of Santa Barbara has received an entitlement allocation of federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

  • The national objectives of the CDBG program are:
  •  Benefit low and moderate-income persons;
  • Eliminate slums and urban blight; and
  • Meet community needs of an urgent emergency.

The primary objective of the CDBG program is the development of a viable urban community by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment. The City's CDBG goals and objectives are presented in the federally-mandated Consolidated Plan and Annual Action Plan. The City’s accomplishments are reported in the Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report. These reports are located in the Documents section.

Funding Priorities for the CDBG program per the City’s 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan are:

1. Homeless Assistance – Support of programs that provide services to homeless individuals and families, and victims of domestic violence.

2. Decent Housing – Support of local housing partners to enable them to rehabilitate affordable multi-family rental housing.  Public Facilities and Infrastructure – Support capital projects that improve facilities of organizations that serve low and moderate income residents, and public infrastructure and parks improvements in low and moderate income neighborhoods.

3. Economic Development – Support of programs that provide self employment training and small business loans.

To find out how to apply for Human Services or CDBG funds see Frequently Asked Questions.

For more information, contact:

Elizabeth Stotts
Community Development Programs Specialist
estotts@santabarbaraca.gov

Last Updated: Feb 1, 2016