Planning & Development

Annual Funding Process

2021 Community Development Funding

The City of Duluth Planning and Development Division announces a 15-day comment period on its 2021 Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER), prior to the submission of the report to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The public comment period is June 4- June 21, 2022. The Draft CAPER report and the full public notice can be found below.

The CAPER summarizes annual and five-year accomplishments and assesses progress toward meeting the vision in the Consolidated Plan. Duluth’s Consolidated Plan has the following five goals: 1) Ensure all residents have access to necessary transportation and utility infrastructure 2) Increase the supply of affordable, quality housing 3) Support thriving neighborhoods by addressing neighborhood issues and improving aesthetics 4) Build employment skills and opportunities 5) Support health and well-being.

The comment period will be Saturday, June 4, 2022 to Tuesday June 21, 2022. A public hearing will be held on June 21, 2022 at 5:30 PM by the Community Development Committee in Room 330 at City Hall, located at 411 West First Street, Duluth, MN 55802.

The public is also encouraged to submit written comment to Steven Robertson prior to the meeting. Please include “2021 CAPER” in the subject line, and include your name and address and the agenda item you are speaking to. Please note that all public comment is considered Public Data.

Steven Robertson can be reached at: 218-730-5580 or SRoberston@duluthmn.gov or 411 W. First Street, Room 160, Duluth, MN 55802. If you have special needs, such as an interpreter, please contact the Planning and Development Division at 730-5580 so that your needs can be accommodated. For hearing impaired persons please call the City’s TTY/Information Assistance at 730-5000 or the Minnesota Relay Service at 1-800-627-3529.

2022 Community Development Funding

The City of Duluth held a public comment period from November 3, 2021 – December 3, 2021 and a Virtual Public Hearing on November 16, 2021 to gather public comments on the Draft FY 2022 Action Plan and funding recommendations for approximately $3 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Based on community input, the Community Development Committee (CD Committee) made funding recommendations to the City Council in early 2022. The Duluth City Council voted on and approved funding recommendations on January 10, 2022. 

2022 Community Development Program Funding (approved by City Council 1-10-22)

The Consolidated Plan is a five year planning document. It lays out the goals for the City of Duluth’s Community Development program. Based on a collaborative process involving community members and local organizations, the City establishes a unified vision for effective, coordinated neighborhood and community development strategies. The current Consolidated Plan outlines the community’s goals and objectives for 2020 through 2024. Each year the City’s Action Plan shows how it will pursue these goals for all community development and housing programs. The City submits the annual Action Plan to Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as part of the monitoring process for HUD funds.

Major community needs addressed by the goals and objectives in the Action Plan include decent, affordable housing, a suitable living environment, and expanded economic opportunities for all community members. The projects funded through the Community Development Program address these community needs by creating and maintaining affordable housing, providing economic opportunities, offering public services to community members in need, and providing access to quality public facilities.

The City of Duluth expects to receive almost $3,000,000 per year in funds from HUD. The City disperses these funds to meet the goals and objectives in the Consolidated Plan. HUD provides three types of funds: Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME), and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG). CDBG funds support community development projects including affordable housing, public services, public facilities, and economic development. HOME funds support programs that create affordable housing for low-income households. ESG funds support projects that offer basic needs and housing stabilization services to community members experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness. Local organizations apply to the Community Development Program requesting these HUD funds for their projects.

The Community Development (CD) Committee reviews applications for Community Development Program funding and makes funding recommendations to the City Council. Learn more about the CD Committee. The CD Committee sets funding priorities based on input from the community.

Read HUD's end of year review letter for the 2017 program year. Also, the annual summaries for Community Development Block Grant, HOME Investment Partnership, and Emergency Solutions Grant are available.


 

Reports of key findings from the annual Needs Assessment. This information is given to the Community Development Committee to help guide their decisions about funding priorities for the next fiscal year.

FY 2020 Community Needs Assessment

FY 2019 Community Needs Assessment

Community Development Program FY22 Application Information

Applications were due on August 29, 2021. The Community Development Committee will review and evaluation applications in September and October before providing preliminary funding recommendations for public comment. Information about how to provide input on funding recommendations will be posted here in the coming weeks. 

Virtual technical assistance Q&A session

The virtual technical assistance session was held on Thursday, August 12, 2021 at 11am

Application Materials

FY 2022 Application Information Sheet

Application Instructions

Application Scoring Criteria

Application Form

Other resources for the application process: