Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)

A substantial amendment to the 2016-2017 Annual Action Plan is now available for public review and comment.  The CDBG Advisory Committee will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 6 PM in the East Conference Room at City Hall, 903 W. Main Street. A public comment period will begin at the public hearing on March 15, 2017 and close on April 14, 2017.  A final public hearing will be held by the City Council on April 17, 2017 at 6 PM in the Howard L. Brown Public Safety Building at 1100 SW Smith Street.

Beginning Monday, October 31st the City of Blue Springs will begin accepting applications for the 2016-2017 Minor Home Repair Program and the 2016-2017 First Time Home Buyers Program.

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