HUD Grant Programs

The goal of the federal CDBG, HOME, CoC, and ESG programs is to financially help community-based projects that provide social services, affordable housing, and public facilities to benefit low income households and homeless populations. The programs are described in more detail below.

Community Development Block Grant Program

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program provides local governments with funds to address a variety of community development needs. Eligible uses of funds must:

  1. Benefit low and moderate income persons;
  2. Aid in the prevention of slums or blight; and
  3. Meet other community development needs of particular urgency because existing conditions pose a serious and immediate threat to the health or welfare of the community, and no other financial resources are available.

General administration of the CDBG program is also an eligible use of funds.

Continuum of Care Grants Program

The Continuum of Care (CoC) grants program is designed to promote communitywide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness through the strategic use of resources to address homelessness. The CoC program focuses on improving coordination and integration with mainstream resources to assist homeless individuals and families gain long-term housing stability. Program guidance is provided by a 27-member Homeless Services Oversight Council, an advisory board to the Board of Supervisors.

The County of San Luis Obispo is the CoC Recipient and applies for CoC competitive funding annually, while holding a local competition for non-profit providers to apply for eligible CoC projects. Eligible CoC projects and activities include:

Emergency Solutions Grant Program

The Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) program provides funding to assist persons who are homeless or at imminent risk of becoming homeless. Eligible uses of ESG funding include outreach to homeless persons, emergency shelter services, homelessness prevention and rapid re-housing, data collection through the Homeless Management Information System (often referred to as HMIS), and general administration of the ESG program.

HOME Investment Partnership Program

The HOME program supports affordable housing for low and very low income households. HOME funds are used to construct new residential units or repair (rehabilitate) existing residential units. HOME funds may also be used to support a rental assistance program or make home buyer loans. The amount of HOME funds is limited, and the County uses a competitive application process to select eligible projects. HOME-funded projects must comply with numerous federal regulations, such as fair housing, handicap accessibility, labor laws, and environmental review.

Reference

2018 Action Plan
Housing Informational Documents
Housing Plans

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply for a grant?

The Continuum of Care competition for fiscal year 2017 is now available. Recipients for Action Plan 2017 grants have already been notified. Please check back in September 2017 for 2018 Action Plan applications for CDBG, ESG, HOME and County general funds.

What are the guidelines and regulations of the CDBG program?

The regulations governing the CDBG program can be found in Title 24 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 570.

What are the guidelines and regulations of the CoC program?

The regulations governing the CoC program can be found in Title 24 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 578.

What are the guidelines and regulations of the ESG program?

The regulations governing the ESG program can be found in Title 24 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 576.

What are the guidelines and regulations of the HOME program?

The regulations governing the HOME program can be found in Title 24 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 92.