Community Development Block Grant Program
Community Planning staff administer the Town’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME funding. Overall, the town receives approximately $1.6 million a year in funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to fund and oversee community development initiatives for eligible populations in eligible areas of Brookline.
FY 2021 CAPER
The Town must submit a Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) to HUD at the end of the fiscal year. The report accounts for the use of the Town's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds for the previous program year.
COVID-19 and CARES Act Funding
Fiscal Year 2023 Request for Proposals
Prospective Grantees can access the Fiscal Year 2023 CDBG RFP and Guidelines below:
A Word version of the RFP can be found here
CDBG Fact Sheet
Click on the fact sheet to learn about what kinds of projects the Town funds with its federal CDBG allocation.
What the Grant Typically Funds:
- Social/public services programs for low- and moderate-income individuals and families
- Nonprofits and social service agencies that provide services that benefit youth, the elderly and other clientele
- Affordable housing rehabilitation, including the Brookline Housing Authority and non-profit housing providers
- Public facilities improvements (parks and open space, infrastructure), in eligible areas, primarily in the lower Brookline Village/Route 9 corridor
Learn more about how the public is involved in the decision-making process for the use of federal funds by reading the Town’s Citizen Participation Plan.
See the revised Citizen Participation Plan (CARES), amended for the Town’s Coronavirus response.
FY 2021-2025 Five Year Consolidated Plan
Every five years, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires the Town of Brookline to create a Consolidated Plan as part of the entitlement funding process for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. The Con Plan serves as the roadmap for the use of CDBG funds over a five year period. CDBG funds are allocated to address housing and community development needs primarily benefiting low- to moderate-income families or individuals.
During the months of July 2019 through the March 2020, the Town engaged in a variety of methods to assess the needs of the community. The Town reached out to community constituencies and residents (through public meetings and via a survey) and undertake an analysis of community needs using Census and American Community Survey data, along with other local planning efforts and and data sources.
Staff planned to host two community open houses as part an outreach strategy. Unfortunately, after the first event was held in March the second event was cancelled due to the coronavirus.
The Town held two public hearings to address Housing and Non-Housing Needs. The first public hearing was on January 28, 2020 at a meeting of the Brookline Select Board. The second hearing was in July 2020.
See the presentation from the January 28 Select Board Consolidated Plan Public Hearing below:
Approved Consolidated Plan:
The Brookline Select Board approved the Town's Consolidated Plan and FY 21 Annual Action Plan in July 2020.
Below is information necessary necessary to fulfill your responsibilities as a CDBG grant subrecipient:
- Self-certification Income form (PDF)
- Davis-Bacon (Construction Contracts)
- Section 3 (Economic Opportunities for Low- and Very low-Income Persons)