Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)

The City of Blue Springs is currently collaborating with other area entitlement communities on a regional Assessment of Fair Housing.  Your input is a critical component of developing a strong fair housing plan.  A pubic meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 6-8 PM in the Journagan Family Community Room at the Howard L. Brown Public Safety Building at 1100 SW Smith Street in Blue Springs.  For more information, click here.

  The Draft 2016-2017 Annual Action Plan (click here) is now available for public review and comment.  A public comment period will begin on Saturday, June 25, 2016 and end on Monday, July 25, 2016.  A final draft will be submitted to the City Council for their review and approval following a public hearing on Monday, August 1, 2016 at 6 PM in the Howard L. Brown Public Safety Building. 

The proposed amendments to the Citizen Participation Plan (click here) and the 2015-2016 Annual Action Plan (click here) was reviewed by the CDBG Advisory Committee on Tuesday, May 24, 2016. A final public hearing will be heard by the City Council on Monday, July 18, 2016 at 6 PM at the Howard L. Brown Public Safety Building.

The public is encouraged to review and comment on the proposed amendments. If you cannot attend a public hearing, but would like to comment, please submit written comments to the Community Development Department at 903 W. Main Street, Blue Springs, MO 64015.

Overview of CDBG


The United States Congress reaffirmed the nation's primary housing goal "that every American family be able to afford a decent home in a suitable environment" through the passage of the Cranston-Gonzales National Affordable Housing Act of 1990.

Goals of the Act


This Act made substantive changes to the nation's approach to providing low and moderate income families with greater opportunities toward obtaining affordable housing. The 1990 Act listed the following goals to guide the various federal housing programs covered by the Act:
  • Ensure that every resident of the United States has access to decent shelter or assistance in avoiding homelessness
  • Increase the Nation's supply of decent housing that is affordable to low-income and moderate-income families and increase accessibility to job opportunities
  • Improve housing opportunities for all residents of the United States Help make neighborhoods safe and livable
  • Expand opportunities for home ownership
  • Provide every American community with a reliable, readily available supply of mortgage financing at the lowest possible interest rates
  • Encourage tenant empowerment and reduce generational poverty in federally assisted and public housing by improving the means by which self-sufficiency may be achieved

CDBG Funds & Blue Springs


Beginning in 2006, the City of Blue Springs qualified as an "Entitlement Community", which means it became entitled to receive CDBG funds. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awards these entitlement funds. The CDBG program is administered by Community Development Department Staff. For more information please visit the HUD CDBG Program website.
 
For more information contact Matt Wright, Senior Planner at (816) 220-4504 or e-mail mwright@bluespringsgov.com.