Federal Housing Grants
2023 Annual Action Plan: This plan outlines the uses of CDBG and HOME funds for the City’s 2023 program year (July 1, 2023, through June 31, 2024). CDBG funds are used for public services, economic development, housing, and public facilities that benefit people with low to moderate income. HOME funds are used for activities that support affordable housing in Vancouver. The City has an estimated entitlement of $1,653,358 in CDBG funds and $1,110,146 in HOME funds from the Department of Housing and Urban Development for the 2023 program year. View the plan here.
Community Development Block Grants
The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program is federally funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that supports community development activities to build stronger and more resilient communities. Each year, the City of Vancouver receives approximately $1.3 million in CDBG funding to support projects and programs benefiting residents experiencing low-income. Funds are awarded yearly on a competitive basis to programs or projects that are selected and approved by City Council.
The Vancouver City Council determines the funding priorities for the City’s CDBG program based on community needs. Current priorities include: revitalizing eligible neighborhoods, providing housing and services to people experiencing low and moderate income and/or homelessness and providing business technical assistance.
HOME is the largest Federal block grant to State and local governments designed exclusively to create affordable housing. HOME funds activities such as building, buying, and/or rehabilitating affordable housing for rent or homeownership or providing direct rental assistance to people experiencing low-income. Each year, the City of Vancouver considers applications for affordable housing activities to be supported by HOME Funds.
The City of Vancouver’s CDBG and HOME funded activities operate under fair housing practices. Fair housing is the right to choose housing free from unlawful discrimination. Fair housing laws protect people from discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, familial status, disability, and housing choice voucher status. For more information, visit the Fair Housing Center of Washington, the Washington State Human Rights Commission, or the Department of Housing and Urban Development.