Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program
The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program is a federally funded program established to provide states, cities, and counties the financial resources to address a range of community development needs. CDBG supports the development of urban communities by supporting projects and activities that create or provide decent housing, a suitable living environment, and expanding economic opportunities, principally for persons of low- and moderate-income. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) defines low- and moderate-income persons as persons with an annual household income equal to or less than 80% of the county’s median income.
Eligible service programs must meet at least one of three broad national objectives for the CDBG program:
- Benefit low- and moderate-income persons,
- Aid in the prevention or elimination of slums or blight, or
- Meet a community development need having a particular urgency because existing conditions pose a serious and immediate threat to the health or welfare of the community and other financial resources are not available to meet such needs.
CDBG Business Grant Program
Businesses with 25 or fewer employees within the City of Aliso Viejo who were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Please contact Rose Rivera at firstname.lastname@example.org for full eligibility requirements.
The CDBG Business Grant Program's purpose is to provide pandemic relief funding to assist small businesses. Funds will be provided based on compliance with Program Guidelines, availability of funds, and submission of the required application and supporting documentation. Program application can be found here:
2023-2027 Consolidated Plan and FY 2023-24 Annual Action Plan
The Consolidated Plan identifies the City's housing and community development needs and sets forth a strategic plan for addressing those identified needs within the context of the CDBG program. The Consolidated Plan covers the planning period of July 1, 2023, through June 30, 2027. The Annual Action Plan serves the following functions: 1) a planning document and expenditure plan for the City; 2) an annual application for federal funds under HUD’s formula grant programs; 3) a strategy for the upcoming fiscal year that describes programs and projects to be undertaken to meet established goals; and 4) a basis for assessing performance.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) was signed into law on March 27, 2020, and appropriated $5 billion in CDBG funds to assist “America’s low-income families and most vulnerable citizens.” HUD allocated $2 billion of these funds to eligible jurisdictions. On April 2, 2020, HUD notified the City that it will receive $129,348 in Community Development Block Grant – Coronavirus (“CDBG-CV”) funds. On September 11, 2020, HUD notified the City that it would receive a second allocation through Round 3 of CDBG-CV funds in the amount of $285,403. As with Round 1 allocation, the programs and activities funded from Round 3 must meet the one of the CDBG program’s three national objectives and other CDBG-CV regulations. The City amended the FY 2020-2021 Annual Action Plan to include an expenditure plan to spend CDBG-CV funds in accordance with the table below.
|Business Grant Program||Business grant program to ensure the employment of low to moderate-income individuals||$192,701.50|
|AgeWell||Increased food distribution services associated with expanded senior meal programs||$40,000.00|
|Family Assistance Ministries||Homeless prevention services, including housing/utility assistance, access to food banks, and counseling services||$38,850.75|
|South County Outreach||Homeless prevention services, including housing/utility assistance, access to food banks, and counseling services||$38,850.75|
|YMCA||Additional protection and cleaning equipment for youth programs at local school facilities||$25,000.00|
| TOTAL CDBG-CV ACTIVITY FUNDING ||$414,751.00|
Citizen Participation Agreement
The Citizen Participation Plan provides a strategy for the City to best ensure the participation of residents in the development of the Consolidated Plan and related documents. In addition, efforts will be made to focus on the involvement of low- and moderate-income persons, those persons living in low- and moderate-income areas, and persons receiving social services where CDBG funds are proposed to be used. The Citizen Participation Plan has been prepared in accordance with 24 CFR Parts 91, et al.
Consolidated Annual Performance & Evaluation Report (CAPER)
The CAPER is a summary of the progress toward meeting the goals and objectives outlined in the Consolidated Plan and Annual Action for that reporting period.
Proposed 2020-2024 Orange County Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing
The City is also a participant in the preparation of the 2020-2024 Orange County Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing (AI). The AI is the policy document that identifies barriers to fair housing and outlines an action plan to overcome fair housing impediments.
On Wednesday, November 1, 2023, the Aliso Viejo City Council will consider an amendment to the 2023-2024 Annual Action Plan for expenditures of CDBG funds. The public hearing notice and proposed amendment can be found below.
The City contracts with the Fair Housing Foundation (FHF) to provide fair housing outreach, education, and enforcement services.
Fair Housing Foundation, (800) 446-FAIR (3247)