2020-2021 Application Update

The CDBG process includes a 10 day appeals process. The original schedule called for appeals to be filed by March 18th.  The schedule was postponed on March 16, with three days remaining on the 10-day process.  We are now requiring that appeals be filed by 9:00 am on April 1.  An appeals hearing, if required, will not be held in person.  It will be held by remote conference on April 2, at a time to be determined.  We are working with the City Manager to reschedule the date when his recommendations will be released.

Appeals should be filed by 9:00 am on April 1, sent to Dena Libner, Assistant to the City Manager – Constituent Services via email at Dena has been appointed as the Appeals Officer by the City Manager.   If you previously sent in an appeal via regular mail, please resend your appeal to Dena via email


New Census data was released to CDBG grantees this year. HCD staff has updated the map to reflect the data changes. This map can be viewed by clicking CDBG Eligible Areas located under the quick links panel. 

About Community Development Block Grants

The City of Portland, Maine is an Entitlement Community for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) from the federal Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD).

The goal of the CDBG program is to develop strong communities by ensuring decent affordable housing, providing services to the most vulnerable, and expanding economic opportunities for low and moderate income persons.

The program achieves this goal through the development of partnerships between government, businesses, and non-profit organizations.

Goals and Priorities

The City will prioritizes the following categories of projects/programs in its funding decisions:
  • Neighborhood Investment and Infrastructure: Create strong, safe, accessible and vibrant neighborhoods
  • Housing Availability: Increase housing availability and affordability
  • Economic Opportunity: Create economic opportunities to transition people out of poverty
  • Address the Needs of the Growing Homeless Population: Prevent and reduce homelessness
A full description of the new Community Development Policy Goals and Priorities can be found in the Needs-Goals-Priorities Table

Final Allocations

2019-2020 CDBG Allocation
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History of CDBG Priorities & Process