City of Jacksonville


Community Development Programs

Photo of work on the Royal Terrace Infrastructure Project.Introduction

The Housing and Community Development Division administers the Community Development Block Grant ("CDBG"), Emergency Solutions Grants ("ESG"), and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS ("HOPWA") programs awarded annually to the City of Jacksonville through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development ("HUD").

Program funds are sub-granted annually to public and private non-profit agencies that are responsible for developing and implementing programs that principally benefit low and moderate-income citizens or aid in the prevention or elimination of slums and blight. Awards are made to projects that best meet program eligibility requirements and address prioritized needs.

Federal Funding Applications and Training:

Applicant organizations must be either a public agency or a private, non-profit entity and must be in good standing with the State and the City of Jacksonville.  To be considered for funding, a project must primarily benefit low and moderate income persons or special needs populations as defined by HUD programmatic regulations.  Proposed projects will only be eligible for funding beginning October 1st of each year, pending City Council approval.  Funding is dispersed on a reimbursement basis only.  Applicants must demonstrate they have attempted to obtain funding from other sources.  Applications must address one or more of the priority needs set forth in the current Consolidated Plan.  

Applicants will be required to attend a mandatory Technical Assistance and Budget workshop to receive training on the application process.  To receive updates and information on the application process, please request to be added to the Universal Applications Federal Funding distribution list by emailing

Community Development Block Grant

The Community Development Block Grant ("CDBG") program offers flexibility in program activities.  Grantees are able to select activities that best meet the needs of the community, in accordance with the national objectives and other requirements of the CDBG Program.  CDBG funds may be used for Public Services grant activities such as job training and employment services, health care and substance abuse services, child care, crime prevention, and fair housing counseling.   CDBG funds may be used for the acquisition, construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, or installation of public improvements or public facilities.  Click here to visit HUD's webpage for more information on CDBG programs.   

Click here for the Subrecipient's Guide to Applying for Federal Grant Funding.  This link will open a new window in YouTube. 

Click here for the Subrecipient's Guide to CDBG Funding for Public Service Activities.  This link will open a new window in YouTube. 

Click here for the Subrecipient's Guide to CDBG Funding for Public Facility Projects.  This link will open a new window in YouTube.  


Emergency Solutions Grant 

The Emergency Solutions Grant ("ESG") program provides funding to engage homeless individuals and families living on the street, improve the number and quality of emergency shelters for homeless individuals and families, help operate these shelters, provide essential services to shelter residents, rapidly re-house homeless individuals and families, and prevent families and individuals from becoming homeless.  Click here to visit HUD's webpage for more information on ESG programs.


Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS

The Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS ("HOPWA") program, managed by HUD's Office of HIV/AIDS Housing, was established to provide housing assistance and related supportive services for low-income persons living with HIV/AIDS and their families.  HOPWA funds may be used for a wide range of housing, social services, program planning, and development costs. These include, but are not limited to, the acquisition; rehabilitation; or new construction of housing units; costs for facility operations; rental assistance; and short-term payments to prevent homelessness. An essential component in providing housing assistance for this targeted special needs population is the coordination and delivery of support services. Consequently, HOPWA funds also may be used for services including (but not limited to) assessment and case management, substance abuse treatment, mental health treatment, nutritional services, job training and placement assistance, and assistance with daily living.  Low-income persons (at or below 80 percent of area median income) that are medically diagnosed with HIV/AIDS and their families are eligible to receive HOPWA-funded assistance.  Click here to visit HUD's webpage for more information on HOPWA programs.  

Housing and Community Development Division
Community Development Assistant Administrator 
214 N. Hogan St., 7th Floor
Jacksonville, FL 32202
Office: (904) 255-8200
Fax: (904) 255-8280