Community Development Block Grant
The Division of Community Development administers the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), one of the longest-running programs of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. These funds are used to finance local community development activities such as affordable housing, anti-poverty programs, and infrastructure development.
As an "entitlement community," East Orange is required to prepare and submit a five-year "Consolidated Plan" that establishes goals for the use of CDBG funds and is also required to hold public meetings to solicit input from the community, ensuring that proposed projects are aligned with the community's most urgent needs.
Proposed Project Requirements
Proposed CDBG projects must be consistent with broad national priorities for CDBG: activities that benefit low - and moderate-income people, the prevention or elimination of slums or blight, or other community development activities to address an urgent threat to health or safety.
CDBG funds may be used for community development activities, such as:
- Construction and maintenance of neighborhood centers
- Construction of public facilities and improvements, such as:
- Street paving
- Water, sewer, and other utilities
- Conversion of school buildings
- Economic development and job creation/retention activities
- Public services
- Real estate acquisition
- Relocation, demolition, rehabilitation of housing and commercial buildings
Shelter Plus Care Program
The Division of Community Development provides funding for the Shelter Plus Care Program, which is administered by East Orange General Hospital and Isaiah House, the city's sponsoring agencies for this endeavor. The Shelter Plus Care Program provides rental assistance to homeless persons with disabilities in connection with supportive services funded from sources outside the program.
The Shelter Plus Care (S+C) is a program designed to provide housing and supportive services on a long-term basis for homeless persons with disabilities and their families who are living in places not intended for human habitation. The program allows for a variety of housing choices, and a range of supportive services funded by other sources, in response to the needs of the hard to reach homeless population with disabilities.