Each year, the City of Evanston receives approximately $2 million in federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds as an entitlement community of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
Evanston uses its CDBG funds to further its community development objectives, focusing on low- and moderate-income individuals, families and neighborhoods to:
- Provide decent housing
- Provide a suitable living environment
- Expand economic opportunities
The Housing & Community Development Act Committee oversees the CDBG program and provides recommendations to the City Council on the use and appropriation of CDBG funds. Citizen involvement in the planning and use of CDBG funds is encouraged and all meetings relating to the City’s CDBG program are open to the public. For meeting times and room numbers, please refer to the City calendar of events.
The Consolidated Plan is the City of Evanston’s primary vehicle for identifying and prioritizing housing, community development and economic needs and strategies, as part of the funding process for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnership (HOME), and Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) programs. The statutory goals of the HUD Consolidated Plan are to provide decent housing and a suitable living environment, and to expand economic opportunities, principally for low- and moderate-income persons. The 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan is currently in development. Applications for 2015 CDBG funding are open and may be found on the "CDBG Applications" page.
The City of Evanston is committed to a diverse community that is inclusive and encourages residents and institutions to work together to achieve a stronger community. To this end, the City will continue to pursue strategies to address housing, economic, and social service needs of low- and moderate-income residents, the homeless and special needs populations. Neighborhood revitalization in areas which lag behind the rest of the community is also a priority. Evanston has established numerous tools and partnerships for these efforts, but the recent economic downturn and housing foreclosure crisis threaten to undo past progress and to lead to even greater disinvestment.