Community Development

The City of Alameda is one of eight jurisdictional members of the Alameda County HOME Consortium. As the lead agency for the Consortium, Alameda County coordinates long-range planning and annual applications to HUD for both Home Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) and Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding. While HOME funds are administered by Alameda County on behalf of the participating jurisdictions, CDBG funds are directly awarded to some of the participating jurisdictions, including Alameda, as annual “entitlement” funds.

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)

The purpose of CDBG is to develop viable urban communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment, and by expanding economic opportunities, primarily for persons of low and moderate income. 

CDBG provides funding to implement a wide variety of community and economic development activities directed toward neighborhood revitalization, economic development and the provision of improved community facilities and services.

CDBG activities must meet one of the following National Objectives:

  1. Benefit persons of low and moderate income
  2. Aid in the prevention or elimination of slums or blight
  3. Meet other community development needs of particular urgency

Eligible activities which may be carried out with CDBG funds are as followed:

A. Public Facility Capital Improvement

  • Property acquisition
  • Rehabilitation
  • Clearance and remediation activities 

B. Public Services

  • Operating costs (labor, supplies, and materials)
  • Childcare Service
  • Youth Services
  • Crime/Domestic Violence Services
  • Employment Services
  • Healthcare Services
  • Fair Housing Counseling
  • Supportive Services for Disabled
  • Legal Services

C. Economic Development and Micro-Enterprise

  • A qualified Community Based Development Organization (CBDO) may carry out activities such as neighborhood revitalization, community economic development, or energy conservation.
  • Business Assistance loans
  • Support and development of micro-enterprise resulting in the retention or creation of permanent jobs.

Other Resources:

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Home Investment Partnerships Program (HOME)

The HOME program is a federal grant that finances housing projects in partnership with government, nonprofit, and private organizations.

HOME funding may be used for housing rehabilitation, tenant-based rental assistance, assistance to homebuyers, and acquisition of housing and new construction of housing. Funding may also cover other necessary activities related to the development of non-luxury housing, such as site acquisition, site improvements, demolition, and relocation.

 The purpose of the HOME program is to: 

  • Expand the supply of decent, safe, sanitary, and affordable housing, particularly rental housing, for very low-income and low-income families
  • Strengthen the abilities of State and local governments to design and implement strategies for achieving adequate supplies of decent, affordable housing
  • Provide both financial and technical assistance to participating jurisdictions, including the development of model programs for developing affordable low income housing
  • Extend and strengthen partnerships among all levels of government and the private sector, including for-profit and nonprofit organizations, in the production and operation of affordable housing.


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