Community Development




South Portland Community Development
496 Ocean Street 
South Portland, ME 04116-9422
Phone: 207-347-4139

Department Contact: 

Sandra Warren, Community Development Coordinator


The mission of the South Portland Community Development Program is to provide suitable living environments, decent housing, services, and economic opportunities, principally for low-moderate income residents.

To accomplish this mission, the City provides competitive grants using Community Development Block Grant funds (CDBG) from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) as part of the Cumberland County Community Development Program.  


        2021-2025 Consolidated Plan.   

Feedback 1.jpgThe City of South Portland Office of Community Development is conducting a survey of citizens to identify community needs and priorities for the expenditure of federal funds to low-income families, households, and neighborhoods. The survey results will be one tool used to develop the 2020-2025 Consolidated Plan, a strategic plan that prioritizes the expenditure of these funds. Please help us by clicking the link below and completing our Community Survey.


 CDBG Application Process

The City accepts applications for CDBG-funding from City departments, non-profit organizations, and businesses that seek funding for eligible public service, public facilities/infrastructure, or economic development projects that meet the goals of the CDBG program. 

Activities that receive CDBG funding must be:

  • Eligible within the program regulations published in the Code of Federal Regulations (24 CFR Part 570), and
  • Meet one of the three National Objectives of the program established by Congress:

Goal 1: Provide a benefit to low and moderate-income persons;

Goal 2: Prevent or eliminate slum and blight; OR

Goal 3: Meet an urgent community need that threatens the health or welfare of residents.

The Community Development Advisory Committee considers all applications received by the deadline in public meetings held at City Hall.  These meetings provide applicants the opportunity to describe their projects and answer any questions.  Notices of the meetings are posted in City Hall and on the City's website.