Human Services and Community Development Block Grant

Community Development Block Grant Overview

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program's primary objective is to develop viable communities by the provision of decent housing, a suitable living environment, and expanding economic opportunities, principally for persons of low and moderate incomes. The program is funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Each year the City of Arvada Housing Preservation and Resources Division releases a request for project applications for affordable housing construction/rehabilitation, public facilities and improvements, and public services that meet the following funding criteria.

Funding Eligibility

The organization applying for funding must have had non-profit 501 (C)(3) or 509 (A) tax-exempt status.

And

A majority (51% or greater) of the beneficiaries receiving assistance from the project or program proposed for funding must have been low or moderate-income (LMI) persons or households.

And/or

The persons or households receiving assistance from the project or program must have been generally presumed to be principally LMI persons or households. This presumption covers abused children, battered spouses, elderly persons, severely disabled adults, homeless persons, illiterate adults, persons living with AIDS, and migrant farm workers.

Note: A low- and moderate- (L/M) income person or household is where the total income of a person or all members of a household is equal to or less than the current Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Assistance Program low-income limit established by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

As a general guide, the low-income limit would be $52,000 for a single-person or single-person household or $74,250 for a four-person household.

Under the City's 2023 CDBG program application process, eligible entities are invited to submit applications for CDBG funding to carry out community development activities by December 31, 2023. The City of Arvada will use approximately $500,000 in CDBG funds for one or two projects during this application period.

About Human Services Funding

Each year the City of Arvada Human Services Advisory Committee awards grant funding to non-profit organizations that meet the funding criteria.

Human Services Funding focuses on serving Arvada residents classified as low-income, disabled, elderly, and female head-of-households. Special consideration is given to programs that align with the City Council Strategic Plan, primarily housing insecurity and homelessness. 

Human Services Funding awards a total of $260,000 annually to non-profits serving Arvada residents. Funding consists of HUD Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and City of Arvada General Funds. All applications are reviewed and scored by the Human Services Funding Committee consisting of nine members. The Human Services Funding Committee meets to determine where funds are awarded.

The City of Arvada will open its 2024 Human Services Funding Pool on Monday, August 14. Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Friday, September 1. This year the City of Arvada will be utilizing Foundant’s online grant application platform. Create an account and apply for funding via this link.

Plans and Reports

Listed below are plans and reports related to the these programs.

Consolidated Housing and Community Development Program (2020 - 2024)
Executive Summary of the Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice