San Diego, California - Have an idea on how to improve your neighborhood?

Your idea may qualify for funding from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), a federal program that provides annual grants to states, cities and counties. Applications are being accepted now through November 2, 2018.

In the past, federal CDBG funds have been used to improve local youth and senior centers, parks, streets, drainage systems, accessibility issues and fire facilities. Depending on the project, money may be available for your community.

Residents and non-profits may propose projects that benefit low- and moderate-income residents in the unincorporated area of the county as long as the projects align with the County’s Consolidated Plan and support the goals of: increasing the availability of affordable, supportive and livable housing; improving the quality, safety, accessibility, and walkability of communities; or increasing and maintaining accessible, available and supportive homeless shelters and services.

If you would like to learn more about the CDBG program and how to apply, visit the County Housing and Community Development Services website for a narrated presentation.

Housing and Community Development Services will also host a community meeting on the application process at 1 p.m. on Oct. 18, 2018 at 3989 Ruffin Rd., San Diego, CA 92123. Anyone needing assistance to participate in the meeting (non-English speaking, hearing or visually impaired, etc.) should contact HCDS staff at least five days prior to the meeting for special arrangements. Contact information is below.

The upcoming meeting and website presentation will also provide general information about the following programs:

  • HOME Investment Partnerships and CDBG Affordable Housing Programs: These programs fund affordable housing opportunities such as the County’s First-Time Homebuyer Program.
  • Emergency Solutions Grants: These funds are for improving the quality and number of emergency shelters and transitional facilities for the homeless, and to prevent at-risk families or individuals from becoming homeless.
  • Housing Opportunities for Persons with HIV/AIDS: The funds are for affordable housing and services for low-income households living with HIV or AIDS.

For more information, contact Marco De La Toba at (858) 694-8724 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  People who are hearing impaired may call (866) 945-2207.