The mission of the South Portland Community Development Program is to improve the lives of the City’s low-and moderate-income residents. The program accomplishes this goal by administering the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, which is an allocation of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funds received through Cumberland County. With these funds, the City and external agencies undertake neighborhood, facility, and housing improvements, economic development, and public services.
CDBG grew out of the consolidation of eight categorical programs under which communities competed nationally for funds. The primary objective of Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended, is the development of viable urban communities. These viable communities are achieved by providing the following, principally for persons of low and moderate income:
- Decent housing;
- A suitable living environment; and
- Expanded economic opportunities.
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.
For more information about the Community Development Block Grant and the projects, please contact:
Courtney Kemp, Community Development Coordinator
South Portland Community Development Office
496 Ocean Street
South Portland, Maine 04106