The City of Irvine receives annual Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) entitlement grant funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
CDBG is the principal federal program providing local governments with grants to improve the physical, economic, and social conditions in their communities. While spending priorities are determined at the local level, the program is primarily intended to provide affordable housing, establish and maintain a suitable living environment, and expand economic opportunities for low and moderate-income residents. HOME funds are intended to facilitate long-term public-private partnerships in an effort to expand the availability of affordable housing. HOME funds may be used exclusively to create affordable housing for low and moderate-income residents.
These programs allow the City of Irvine to issue grants and loans to local organizations for a wide variety of community development activities that benefit eligible low and moderate-income Irvine residents.
To receive its annual CDBG, HOME and ESG entitlement grants from HUD, the City must develop a Consolidated Plan every five years. The Consolidated Plan is a comprehensive assessment of the City’s housing and community development needs for the short and long term, including housing, homelessness, economic development, and public services (e.g. health and human service programs). The Consolidated Plan also includes strategies for addressing the identified needs, which are intended to guide the City’s use of CDBG, HOME and ESG funds over a five-year period. The current Consolidated Plan was approved by the City Council on April 28, 2015 and covers program years 2015-16 through 2019-20.
HUD requires the City to develop an annual funding strategy called an Action Plan, which details the programs and projects to be funded each year. The Action Plan also outlines the proposed outcomes for the funded activities. Each Action Plan covers a single program year beginning July 1 and ending June 30.
Citizen Participation Plan
This plan sets forth the policies and procedures to encourage citizen participation, especially low- and moderate-income citizens, in the planning, implementation and assessment of HUD-funded programs and projects.
Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (AI)
This plan identifies impediments to fair housing, conditions in which individuals of similar income levels in the same housing market may have housing choice influenced by race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, age, sex, disability, marital status, familial status, source of income, sexual orientation or similar factors. The AI reviews public and private policies, practices and procedures affecting housing choice and recommends actions to address any identified potential impediments.
CDBG & HOME Subrecipients
For the 2018-19 program year, the City has awarded CDBG Public Services funds to the following nonprofit organizations. For more information about these organizations or their CDBG-funded programs, please refer to the annual Action Plan.
- Assistance League of Irvine (Clothes and supplies for low-income school children)
- Fair Housing Foundation (Fair housing and tenant/landlord mediation services)
- Families Forward (Transitional housing for families at risk of homelessness)
- Human Options (Domestic violence emergency shelter)
- Irvine Adult Day Health Services (At-risk senior wellness services)
- Irvine Children’s Fund (Before and after school child care scholarships)
- Irvine Public Schools Foundation (Educational enrichment programs)
- Radient Health Centers (HIV case management services)
- Second Chance Orange County (Services for individuals recovering from addictions)
- South County Outreach (Homelessness prevention services)
- StandUp for Kids (Street outreach to homeless youth)
CDBG and HOME Capital Project funds were awarded to the following organizations:
- Chelsea Investment Corporation (Affordable Housing)
- City of Irvine (Community Facilities ADA Improvements)
- City of Irvine (Plaza Park ADA Improvements)
- City of Irvine (Residential Rehabilitation Program)
Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER)
At the conclusion of each Program Year, the City is required by HUD to report on its progress toward meeting the goals and objectives of the annual Action Plan and five-year Consolidated Plan. The 2017-2018 CAPER covers the Program Year that began July 1, 2017 and ended June 30, 2018. Click here for the 2017-2018 CAPER.
How to Apply for CDBG and HOME Funds
CDBG and HOME funds are available as grants or loans to incorporated nonprofit, for-profit, or public organizations serving Irvine residents. CDBG and HOME funds are not available to individuals. Applicants must have the financial management and programmatic expertise to successfully develop, design, implement, and monitor the proposed program or project. This expertise can be demonstrated through previous experience in successfully developing similar programs or projects, either by the organization or key staff within the organization. Applicants must also be in good standing with and able to meet all federal, State of California, and City of Irvine requirements for participation in the CDBG and/or HOME program.
Applications are solicited annually from local organizations to provide services for youth, seniors, special needs, homeless, or other qualified low and moderate-income Irvine residents. Applications are also solicited annually for affordable housing or other eligible capital project proposals. The 2019-20 Fiscal Year Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) was published October 11, 2018.
Applications for 2019-20 CDBG/HOME Funding
Applications are due no later than December 18, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. at the City of Irvine Neighborhood Services Division located on the first floor of City Hall in the Community Development Department at One Civic Center Plaza, Irvine, CA 92606.
If you are interested in being notified of funding availability during the next application cycle, sign-up now to be on the notification list. Please email your agency’s contact information to: Irvine CDBG
The following web sites offer a wealth of information about the CDBG and HOME programs, their rules and regulations, and the ways in which organizations can take advantage of their resources:
- 2017 HUD Income Limits
- Playing By The Rules – A Handbook for CDBG Subrecipients on Administrative Systems
- Guide to CDBG National Objectives and Eligible Activities
- Office of Inspector General Legal Services Corporation Audit Guidance
- CDBG Program Regulations(24 CFR Part 570)
- HUD Community Planning & Development (CPD) Notices
- Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards
- Complying with HUD Section 3 requirements
- Davis-Bacon Labor Standards (for capital projects)
- System for Award Management - Vendors debarred from doing business with HUD
For more about the City of Irvine CDBG or HOME program, email Irvine CDBG or call 949-724-7444.