Community Development

 

The mission of the Community Development Division of the Planning + Development Department is to provide quality affordable housing programs, community, and economic development programs and services, and homelessness prevention programs throughout Hamilton County, following the federal rules and regulations and as directed by the Board of County Commissioners.

The division administers the following federal grants for Hamilton County: 

Community Development Block Grant - CDBG 

The CDBG program funds projects and programs in participating communities of Hamilton County that benefit low to moderate-income areas and residents, eliminate slum and blight, or address an urgent need. Projects include emergency homeowner repair services; redevelopment or new construction of public facilities; rehabilitation of public infrastructure such as streets and sidewalks; economic development activities; and other public services such as emergency food services. From the CDBG Program funds, the county operates three competitive processes:

Investment Partnerships Program - HOME 

The HOME Program provides funding for affordable housing development in Participating Jurisdictions. Eligible activities include acquisition, rehabilitation, and new construction of housings. As part of HOME, the county operates a process for HOME Affordable Housing via an RFP. The County also has a Housing Action Plan program through which participating jurisdictions can apply and work with the County’s consultants, Local Initiatives Support Coalition (LISC) and the Community Building Institute (CBI).

Emergency Solutions Grant - ESG

The ESG Program is administered by the Continuum of Care, currently operated by Strategies to End Homelessness. Funds provide emergency shelter and homelessness prevention activities. In total, approximately 4,500 individuals and families receive emergency shelter services annually. About 1,400 individuals and families receive Rapid Rehousing assistance, and 800 individuals or families were assisted with Shelter Diversion programs.