Community Development Block Grant Program

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The primary objective of the CDBG Program is the development of viable urban communities, by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment, and expanding economic opportunities, principally for persons of low and moderate income.  

Each year, the U.S. Department of Housing and Community Development (HUD) distributes community development block grant funds to cities for their local community development projects.  The City of Annapolis distributes these funds through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, based on its Five Year Housing and Community Development Consolidated Plan.  The Consolidated Plan is a five-year planning document which: 1) identifies housing needs and problems; 2) analyzes market conditions and resources; 3) sets priorities and adopts strategies; 4) allocates resources; and, 5) contains an annual action plan.  The Annual Action Plan identifies the amount of CDBG funds the City expects to use, the activities that the City will fund, and the goals the City set for the number and type of households the City expects to assist.

The City’s Community Development Division in the Planning and Zoning Department administers the CDBG program. The City’s Housing and Community Development Committee has oversight responsibility for the CDBG program and the use of CDBG funds. The Committee recommends the funding to the City Council, which approves all CDBG-funded projects. The approved projects then become the basis for the CDBG Action Plan. 

For the past 30 years, the City has used its CDBG funds to provide homeownership opportunities, housing rehabilitation services, and financial support for various human service organizations.

For example, in FY 2020 the City provided $247,696 in CDBG Entitlement funds to the following organizations:

  • Arundel Lodge, Inc.
  • Blessed in Tech Ministries
  • Center of Help
  • Community Action Agency
  • Homes for America
  • Housing Authority of the City of Annapolis
  • Housing Rehabilitation
  • Light House Shelter
  • OHLA
  • OIC
  • Restoration Community Development Corporation

Five Year Housing and Community Development Consolidated Plan – Virtual Public Hearing May 13, 2020 AT 7:00 PM

City of Annapolis MD has prepared a Five-Year Consolidated Plan for FY 2021-2025, and an Annual Action Plan for FY 2021, in accordance with the regulations and requirements of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). 

View the full Draft Plan

The Proposed Five Year Consolidated Plan and FY 2021 Annual Action Plan were prepared after conducting a public hearing on housing and community development needs, meetings with stakeholders, meetings with housing provider agencies, meetings with the City’s staff and officials, and the result of a community wide survey questionnaire.

The Plan identifies and describes the City of Annapolis’s housing and community development needs for the next five years, and establishes a vision, goals and intended outcomes to address the identified needs.  The document further describes how the strategies will be implemented with annual entitlements of federal Community Development Block Grant.

In accordance with the flexibility provided under the CARES Act to address an emergency situation such as Covid-19, the City’s Housing and Community Development Committee will hold a virtual public hearing on May 13, 2020 at 7:00 PM. The purpose of the public hearing is to receive public comment on the FY 2021-2025 Five Year Consolidated Plan for the City’s housing and community development needs and the FY 2021 Annual Action Plan for the use of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds in the amount of $305,040.  Watch the virtual meeting.  Please submit your comments online by May 14, 2020 at 4:30 p.m.

Anyone needing reasonable accommodation to be able to participate in a public meeting held by the City of Annapolis should contact 410-263-7997 or by MD Relay (711), or by email at at least five days prior to the meeting date to request assistance.

Citizen Participation Plan Amendment

In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic and in accordance with the flexibility provided under the CARES Act, the City of Annapolis is amending its Citizen Participation Plan, to promote and support “social distancing” while continuing to offer the public an opportunity to provide valuable citizen input and insight into the policies, and procedures of its Community Development Block Grant Program. 

Download a copy of amended Plan or a copy may be obtained by calling or emailing the contact listed below. 

This Citizen Participation Plan will replace the Plan approved by the City Council on October 9, 2017. Copies or summaries of the draft Plan will be made available in a form accessible to persons who cannot access the Plan online, persons with disabilities, and those with Limited English Proficiency upon request.

The public may provide input by commenting on the proposed amendments via email to Theresa Wellman, City of Annapolis until 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 15, 2020 at or by phone at 410-263-7961 x 7798. All comments will be considered and changes made if such changes are deemed appropriate prior to submitting the amended plan to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER)

The Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) is a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) mandated report for all communities receiving Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding. The CAPER reports the City of Annapolis success in meeting the housing and community development goals and objectives contained in its Five-year Consolidated Housing and Community Development Plan and FY 2019 Annual Action Plan. (CAPER FY 2019)

For additional information about the CDBG Program, please contact Ms. Wellman at 410-263-7961 extension 7798 or

Fair Housing

As an entitlement community under the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG), Annapolis is required, in accordance with the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended, to “affirmatively further fair housing.”  To show that the entitlement community is “affirmatively furthering fair housing,” it must conduct a fair housing analysis, which identifies any impediments to fair housing choice and the steps it will take to meet this requirement.  HUD advises communities that this Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing (AI) should also address “Visitability,” the Section 504 Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as the Fair Housing Act.

The HUD Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) Office is now advising Federal entitlement communities to update its Analysis of Impediments (AI) to Fair Housing Choice to coincide with its Five Year Consolidated Plan, and then every five (5) years thereafter.  In addition, each year the City, as part of its Annual Action Plan, must sign certifications that the City will affirmatively further fair housing.  Consequently, the City is currently working on its AI for FY 2020 to identify the appropriate actions to overcome the effects of any identified impediments.  The city must then maintain records reflecting what analysis and corrective actions were taken.

The City of Annapolis currently has a Fair Housing Law, which the Annapolis Human Relations Commission oversees and takes complaints.  Please visit to learn more about fair housing rights in the City of Annapolis.