Community Development Block Grant

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Per 24 CFR 570, CDBG funds public service activities provided by outside organizations and have an expenditure cap of 15% of the total annual allocation.   CDBG can also fund public facilities, housing rehabilitation, acquisition of real property, housing counseling, relocation, and program administration.  Program administration (including indirect cost allocation) has a 10% expenditure cap per year.  Program administration is the record keeping, financing, and preparing of reports, etc.  Program delivery is the direct implementation of the programs or services, and does not fall under the 10% cap.  CDBG funds may also pay for existing Section 108 loans the City received for previous economic development projects.

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Public Services

The CDBG regulations, found at 24 CFR 570.201(e), allow the use of grant funds for a range of public service activities, including, but not limited to: employment services, crime prevention and public safety, child care, health services, substance abuse services, fair housing counseling, education programs, energy conservation, services to senior citizens, services for homeless persons, welfare services (excluding income payments), down payment assistance and recreational services. Program administration (including indirect cost allocation) has a 10% expenditure cap per year.  Program administration is the record keeping, financing, and preparing reports, etc.  Program delivery is the direct implementation of the programs or services, and does not fall under the 10% cap. 

Agencies currently funded by the City of Tampa with CDBG Public Service funds:

  • Alpha House of Tampa, Inc. -  Alpha House will assist residents with housing searches and placement, as well as provide supportive community-based outreach services for former residents of the Alpha House of Tampa emergency shelter to promote stability, integration into the community and housing permanency. The intensive one-on-one assistance provided by these case managers is critical to the families’ success in identifying, securing and maintain permanent housing during the and after the families’ stay in emergency shelter. Serves will be provided. The program is expected to serve 70 unduplicated households.

  CDBG Funding: $100,000

  Phone: 813-875-2024

  Website: http://www.alphahouseoftampa.org/

  • CDC of Tampa -Career Resource Center Program assists the hardest-to-employ: ex-felons, welfare recipients, and non-custodial parents who face great challenges to employment.  The key components of the Career Resource Center are job counseling, job training, job referrals/placement and customer follow-up. Public Service funds will be utilized to assist 130 individuals to gain meaningful employment.

  CDBG Funding: $100,000

  Phone: 813-231-4362

  Website: https://www.cdcoftampa.org/

  • Hillsborough County School Readiness- Early Learning Coalition - the School Readiness Program provides low- to moderate-income families, who meet eligibility criteria, subsidies for child care.  These funds are to assist in meeting the local match in funding parent-choice childcare to eligible low- to moderate-income working parent who live within the City of Tampa.

  CDBG Funding: $100,000

  Phone: 813-515-2340

  Website: https://www.elchc.org/

  • Tampa Lighthouse for the Blind provides blind and visually impaired persons with independent living skills. Public Service funds will be used to assist 40 seniors and working adults with achieving independence after Vision loss.  $100,000

   CDBG Funding: $100,000

   Phone: 813-251-2407

   Website: http://www.tampalighthouse.org/

Economic Development

The CDBG regulations, found at 24 CFR 570.203 (b) allow the use of CDBG grant funds for Economic Development. Activities eligible under this section  The provision of assistance to a private for-profit business, including, but not limited to, grants, loans, loan guarantees, interest supplements, technical assistance, and other forms of support, for any activity where the assistance is appropriate to carry out an economic development project.

Agencies currently funded by the City of Tampa with CDBG Economic Development funds:

  • Tampa Bay Black Business Investment Corporation - The Small Business Capital Access Program (CAP) provides capital access and capacity-building services to an expected 150 unduplicated entrepreneurs during a 12-month project period focusing in the West Tampa and East Tampa CRA’s.  

  CDBG Funding: $150,000

  Phone: 813-425-2043

  Website: http://tampabaybbic.com/

  • The Centre For Women – The Centre for Women will administer the Take Flight program an initiative of the Women’s Business Centre at The Centre for Women located at 35 South Hyde Park Avenue in Tampa. Take Flight is a micro-grant program to support start-up or growth-for-profit businesses located in and/or serving low-income census tracts in Tampa. Take Flight will offer innovative women-owned businesses micro-funding grants by industry standards that can assist with the take-off or elevation of their business. Take Flight is intended to encourage women to take both the risks and the measured steps necessary to start their own business or prepare themselves for the next level of business without the concern of insufficient funds to translate their plans into reality. The program is expected to serve 20 unduplicated persons at the office located at 305 South Hyde Park Avenue, Tampa, FL 33605.

  CDBG Funding: $141,612

  Phone: 813-251-8437

  Website: http://www.thecentre.org/

 Housing Counseling

The CDBG regulations, found at 24 CFR 570.201(e), allow the use of CDBG grant funds for Housing Counseling. Housing Counseling agencies provide Housing Counseling services to eligible clients residing or purchasing in the City of Tampa. Households assisted through this program are provided with free homebuyer education workshops at a minimum of eight hours per workshop; with at least one follow up appointment to include budget counseling, credit counseling, pre purchase counseling and post- purchase counseling. The homebuyer education workshops include an overview of the City’s Mortgage Assistance Program (MAP) and its eligibility requirements, along with the current application, document checklist and any other relevant documentation. Additionally, the workshops include information regarding mortgage options, renting vs. buying and foreclosure prevention.

Agencies currently funded by the City of Tampa with CDBG Housing Counseling funds:

  • Center for Affordable Homeownership provides housing counseling services to help low-moderate income families to achieve the dream of homeownership.  This award will be for Housing Counseling and the application processing for the City’s Mortgage Assistance Program. This program will assist 150 clients within the City of Tampa limits. The program will be offered from the Tampa Housing Authority office located at 5301 West Cypress Street, Tampa, FL 3367.

   CDBG Funding: $45,000

   Phone: 813-341-9101 x.2450

   Website: http://www.thafl.com/Departments/Program-Services/CFAH/CFAH-Welcome.aspx

  • CDC of Tampa provides housing counseling services to help low-moderate income families to achieve the dream of homeownership.  This award will be for Housing Counseling and the application processing for the City’s Mortgage Assistance Program. This program will assist 150 clients within the City of Tampa limits. The program will be offered from the CDC of Tampa office located at 1907 E. Hillsborough Avenue, Tampa, FL 33610.

  CDBG Funding: $37,500

  Phone: 813-231-4362

  Website: https://www.cdcoftampa.org/

  • Housing and Education Alliance provides housing counseling services to help low-moderate income families to achieve the dream of homeownership.  This award will be for Housing Counseling and the application processing for the City’s Mortgage Assistance Program. This program will assist 150 clients within the City of Tampa limits. The program will be offered from the Housing and Education Alliance located at 9215 N. Florida Avenue Ste.104 Tampa, FL 33612.

  CDBG Funding: $37,500

  Phone: 813-932-HOME (4663)

  Website: http://www.heausa.org/

  • Solita’s House provides housing counseling services to help low-moderate income families to achieve the dream of homeownership.  This award will be for Housing Counseling and the application processing for the City’s Mortgage Assistance Program. This program will assist 150 clients within the City of Tampa limits. The services will be offered from the Solita’s House office located at 3101 E. 7th Avenue, Tampa, FL 33549.

  CDBG Funding: $60,000

  Phone: 813-425-4847

  Website: http://www.solitashouse.com/