Get Help Fixing Up the Neighborhood

Have some ideas on how to improve the neighborhood?

Your idea may qualify for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds. Applications are being accepted now through Oct. 30.  

In past years, federal CDBG funds have been used to improve local youth and senior centers, parks, streets, drainage systems, accessibility issues and fire facilities. Depending on the project, money may be available for your community.

Residents and non-profits working in the unincorporated area of the county may propose projects that benefit low- and moderate-income residents as long as the projects align with the County’s Consolidated Plan.   

If you would like to learn more about the CDBG program and how to apply, visit the Housing and Community Development (HCD) website for a narrated presentation.

HCD will also host a community meeting on the application process at 10 a.m. on Sept. 23 at 3989 Ruffin Rd., San Diego. Anyone needing assistance to participate in the meeting (non-English speaking, hearing or visually impaired, etc.) should call HCD staff at least five days prior to the meeting for special arrangements.

The upcoming meeting and website presentation will also provide general information about the following programs:

  • HOME Investment Partnerships and CDBG Affordable Housing Programs: These programs fund affordable housing opportunities such as the County’s First-Time Homebuyer Program.
  • Emergency Solutions Grants: These funds are for improving the quality and number of emergency shelters and transitional facilities for the homeless, and to prevent at-risk families or individuals from becoming homeless.
  • Housing Opportunities for Persons with HIV/AIDS: The funds are for affordable housing and services for low-income households living with HIV or AIDS.

For more information, contact Kelly Salmons at (858) 694-4806 or  People who are hearing impaired, may call (866) 945-2207.  

Tracy DeFore is a communications specialist with the County of San Diego Communications Office. Contact