The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program provides annual grants on a formula basis to entitled cities and counties to develop viable urban communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment, and by expanding economic opportunities, principally for low and moderate income persons. The program is authorized under Title 1 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, Public Law 93-383, as amended; 42 U.S.C.-5301 et seq.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awards grants to entitlement community grantees to carry out a wide range of community development activities directed toward revitalizing neighborhoods, economic development, and providing improved community facilities and services.
Entitlement communities develop their own programs and funding priorities. However, grantees must give maximum feasible priority to activities which benefit low- and moderate-income persons. A grantee may also carry out activities which aid in the prevention or elimination of slums or blight.
Additionally, grantees may fund activities when the grantee certifies that the activities meet other community development needs having a particular urgency because existing conditions pose a serious and immediate threat to the health or welfare of the community where other financial resources are not available to meet such needs. CDBG funds may not be used for activities which do not meet these broad national objectives.
CDBG funds may be used for activities which include, but are not limited to:
|Acquisition of real property;|
|Relocation and demolition;|
|Rehabilitation of residential and non-residential structures;|
|Construction of public facilities and improvements, such as water and sewer facilities, streets, neighborhood centers, and the conversion of school buildings for eligible purposes;|
|Public services, within certain limits;|
|Activities relating to energy conservation and renewable energy resources; and|
|Provision of assistance to profit-motivated businesses to carry out economic development and job creation/retention activities.|
Generally, the following types of activities are ineligible:
|Acquisition, construction, or reconstruction of buildings for the general conduct of government;|
|Certain income payments; and|
|Construction of new housing by units of general local government.|
Lynn's Central Square Farmer's Market is a collaboration between The Food Project and the Lynn Office of Economic and Community Development. The Lynn Farmers’ Market is a leader in the state, making fresh, healthy food available to the community at an affordable price. This market has experienced the highest level of Food Stamp sales and the second highest level of WIC Farmers’ Market Coupon sales in the state of Massachusetts.
FY18 Request For Entitlement Grants Package
|FY18 Entitlement Grant Package|
Download FY14 CAPER Draft
|FY14 CAPER DRAFT|
Download FY16 Annual Action and Consolidated Plans
|FY16 ACTION PLAN | FINAL|
|FY16 CONSOLIDATED PLAN | FINAL|
The 2014 Entitlements Program presentation as presented by Mayor Judith Kennedy and the OECD.
DOWNLOAD: The 2014 Presentation
(Acrobat PDF Format
The Department of Community Development is responsible for obtaining and administering federal and state funds for a wide array of development initiatives, community facility projects and public service activities.
-The design, construction and oversight of public infrastructure improvements
-The rehabilitation of both historic and non-historic buildings
-Renovation to recreational areas
DOWNLOAD FY'14 Approval Letter
(Acrobat PDF Format)
DOWNLOAD FFY'13 CAPER Draft
(Acrobat PDF Format) Sept.2014
DOWNLOAD FY'13 CAPER Final
(Acrobat PDF Format) Sept.2013
Annual Action Plan FY 2015
Our FY'15 Action Plan is available below.
|DOWNLOAD FY'15 Action Plan Final(Acrobat PDF Format) September 2014|
Annual Action Plan FY 2014
Our Draft FY'14 Action Plan is available below.
|DOWNLOAD FY'14 Action Plan (Final)(Acrobat PDF Format) August 2013|
The City of Lynn’s Consolidated Plan for Housing and Community Development for City Fiscal Years 2011-2015 is designed to provide a framework and strategy for future actions and investments and to meet federal funding requirements related to four (4) major formula programs:
(CDBG) Community Dev. Block Grant
(HOME) HOME Investment Partnerships
(ESG) Emergency Solutions Grant
Formerly the Emergency Shelter Grant)
(HOPWA) Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS Program
DOWNLOAD Our FY'11 Consolidated Plan (Acrobat PDF Format)
The Citizen's Advisory Board facilitates active participation by citizens throughout the City of Lynn. Visit our Citizen's Advisory webpage to read more about the Advisory Board, its services, responsibilities, meetings and more. For additional information on the CDBG program please contact our office.