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.

For more information about the Community Development Block Grant, please visit Housing and Urban Development.

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:

  • Abe Brown Ministries -  provides various case management services to ex-offenders reentering the community and workforce.  Services include outreach and intake activities, case management and associated assessments, career development and like skills training, and employment placement assistance. Participants may receive ancillary assistance with transportation, obtaining records necessary for employment, and may qualify for incentives to assist them during their transition.

  CDBG Funding: $100,000

  Phone: 813-247-3285

  Website: Abe Brown Ministries

  • AIDS Service Association of Pinellas DBA EPIC - provides mental health and case management services to for persons with HIV/AIDS and their affected family members. The services provide a solid foundation of care that is linked to preventing homelessness. 

  CDBG Funding: $100,000

  Phone: 727-467-7423

  Website: AIDS Service Association of Pinellas DBA EPIC

  • Computer Mentors - provides computer training for City of Tampa residents. The project includes a fundraising effort to raise funds to refresh all of the computers in City of Tampa Recreation Department Community Centers with new computers.

  CDBG Funding: $73,000

  Phone: 813-236-1191

  Website: Computer Mentors

  • Metropolitan Ministries - administers the UpliftU® trauma-informed supported housing program which holistically focuses on addressing the individual needs of the families and single women served. Enrollment into the program is ongoing based on space available.

   CDBG Funding: $100,000

   Phone: 813-209-1000

   Website: Metropolitan Ministries

  • Seniors In Service - provides services to homebound elderly and caregivers in their homes. The Senior Companion Program provides in-home services to low-income, elderly City of Tampa residents that allow them to remain in their homes while providing opportunity to low-income volunteers to earn a modest stipend.

  CDBG Funding: $100,000

  Phone: 813-932-5228

  Website: Seniors in Service

 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: $60,000

   Phone: 813-341-9101 x.2450

   Website: Center for Affordable Homeownership

  • 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: $50,000

  Phone: 813-231-4362

  Website: CDC of Tampa

  • 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: $100,000

  Phone: 813-932-HOME (4663)

  Website: Housing and Education Alliance

  • 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: $100,000

  Phone: 813-425-4847

  Website: Solita's House