The City of Coeur d'Alene began receiving a direct allocation of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in 2008. These funds have been utilized to improve the lives of Coeur d’Alene residents in a variety of ways, including the following: installation of ADA curb cuts, providing emergency minor home repairs, applying ADA accessibility improvements in homes and around town, and granting modest funding allotments to community organizations. It is important to note that CDBG funds are purposed to benefit low-to-moderate income persons or households and provide benefit for struggling community locales. As a federal program, this program does have strict eligibility requirements, including the National Objectives listed below:
The City of Coeur d'Alene’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Entitlement Program receives an average of $300,000.00 each year. Please refer to the current year Action Plan for specific information on a specific years funding and how they will be used. The City determines projects for funding under the grant through a combination of formal and informal processes:
The City of Coeur d'Alene has a consolidated plan that will be updated every 5 years, which outlines the needs for the community and establishes goals and benchmarks for the program. Additionally, an annual action plan will be prepared each year, illustrating what projects/programs will be funded each year.
The City has prepared a robust citizen participation plan which outlines public comment periods and methods for amending the 5-year Consolidated Plan and Annual Action Plan. This City asks Coeur d’Alene residents to please participate and attend public forums and public hearings. The City depends on public feedback and engagement to ensure that these community dollars hit the mark on community needs.
Below you will find links to the above-noted documents, as well as additional useful information. The City has an in-house Community Development Specialist, Michelle Cushing, on staff to administer its CDBG Grant. Michelle is available, by appointment, to answer questions, deliver application help and review, as well as to provide one-on-one technical assistance to applicants regarding funding proposals and eligibility requirements. She is waiting to hear from you. Please don’t hesitate to contact her.
Community Development Specialist
710 E. Mullan Avenue
Coeur d’Alene, Idaho 83814