Planning & Development

Consolidated Plan

Through the consolidated planning process, the City uses public feedback and data to assess community needs and plan how to meet those needs. The goals and objectives in the Consolidated Plan address the need for 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.

Each year, the City of Duluth receives 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 Consolidated Plan and Annual Action Plans are reporting documents that HUD uses to monitor the City’s use of the funds and progress towards meeting community needs.