Our division administers the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program and the HOME Investment Partnership Program which are federal entitlement grants funded through the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The CDBG program was created by Congress through the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974. Through CDBG, a community is awarded funds and enabled to develop a flexible, locally designed comprehensive community development strategy in order to address the program's objectives. All CDBG-funded projects and activities must provide benefit to low and moderate income families or individuals.
The HOME Program was established, formally, in 1992 as part of the Cranston-Gonzales National Affordable Housing Act. The singular mandate of the HOME program is to expand the supply of decent, safe, sanitary, and affordable housing for low and moderate income individuals.
Applications for the two grants are received on an annual basis via a Request for Proposal response per the funding schedule.
Organizations can apply for HOME, CDBG, HTF, or CoC funding for any eligible program or service that serves residents of Somerset County. Applications to the CDBG Program for facilities or services that only serve the residents of Franklin Township should apply to the Franklin Township CDBG Program. Please use the following link to access information about Franklin Township’s CDBG Program: www.franklintwpnj.org
Notice is hereby given that the Somerset County Community Development Office will hold a virtual public meeting via Zoom on June 24, 2020 at 12 p.m. to solicit comments for the proposed use of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds in the amount of $1,098,818 and HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME) funds in the amount of $532,984 that were allocated to Somerset County. Click here to view the proposal.