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Community Development Block Grant

Annually, the City of San José receives funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to administer the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. This program funds various nonprofit agencies and other city departments to implement services that benefit low- and moderate-income persons, resolve slum and blight concerns, or address community development needs.

Grantees are generally selected through a competitive process and provide such services as senior daycare and respite, homeless outreach, housing rehabilitation, and code enforcement.

Eligible Activities & Program Areas

For eligible activities and other program areas under CDBG, please refer to HUD Exchange

For additional information, contact us at (408) 793-5520 or send an email to HousingGrants@sanjoseca.gov.

Funded Projects for FY 2019-20

Service Provider Project Name Funding Amount Description
Portuguese Organization for Social Services and Opportunities (POSSO)
Senior Access and Health Support
$75,000 Engages low-income, homebound seniors residing in San José with direct food assistance, accessible transportation, and reduction of social isolation.
Habitat for Humanity Urgent, Minor and Limited Housing Repair Services $550,000 The project is an expansion of Habitat's agency-wide Home Repair Program and will enhance and expand capacity to serve eligible clients in San José. Habitat will provide Emergency and Minor repairs and Limited Rehabilitations through this program.
San José Housing Rights Consortium
Legal Services for Low-Income Tenants & Landlords
$500,000 A consortium composed of five separate agencies (Consortium) will provide outreach and education services, develop and operate a legal counseling hotline, provide face-to-face legal clinics, represent tenants in eviction proceedings and administrative hearings, and provide limited legal representation for enforcement.
The Health Trust Meals On Wheels $125,000 The Meals on Wheels program provides hot meals Monday-Friday to senior participants. In addition, services include providing personal connections to those seniors without family or friends nearby. MOW drivers provide wellness checks with each delivery.
Law Foundation of Silicon Valley
SJ Fair Housing Legal and Education Services Collaborative $400,000 The project works to build inclusive sustainable communities free from discrimination through complaint-based investigation, systemic testing, and legal representation designed to help victims of discrimination access or maintain the housing of their choice.
San Jose State University Research Foundation CommUniverCity: Community Leadership Program
$50,000 The project provides community leadership development training to develop leadership skills among residents of low-income communities, including assisting the neighborhood residents to apply for grants and implement community-action projects. The primary purpose of the project is to expand the resident-based leadership in neighborhoods in San José's Council District 3.
Somos Mayfair, Inc. Home Grown Talent: Creating Pipelines of Opportunity in East San José $150,000 The purpose of the project is to support homegrown talent by: addressing the basic needs of residents, building their leadership skills to address systemic inequities, and creating pipelines of local economic opportunities for families.
HomeFirst Citywide Outreach & Shelter Project (CDBG) $399,097 The primary purpose of the project is threefold:
1. To provide a consistent presence on the streets and other outdoor locations throughout San José to build rapport and trust with unsheltered homeless residents with the goal of moving them into and keeping them in permanent housing;
2. To provide street-based case management to the unhoused population and;
3. To provide an avenue to alleviate resident concerns about encampments and homeless residents living in their neighborhoods or other areas of San José.
Downtown Streets Team San José
Work Experience Program
$500,000 The primary purpose of the project is to transition unhoused people (and those at risk of homelessness) into employment, leading to housing and increased self-sufficiency. Services provided include job training and employment development activities.
Rebuilding Together Critical Repair Program
$1,600,000 This project provides repairs for single-family and mobile home housing units to attend to immediate health an safety needs for extremely low-income homeowners in San José. The focus of repairs is to address emergency and critical repair needs, ans well as minor accessibility and mobility needs within the home.

In addition to the service-based projects listed above, several capital projects are funded through the CDBG Program as part of the City’s Place-Based Neighborhoods Initiative.

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