Community Development Grant Programs

  1. Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
  2. HOME Investment Partnerships Program

In developing viable communities, Ventura utilizes CDBG funds In providing decent housing, establishing and maintaining a suitable living environment, and expanding economic development activities.

2023-2024 CDBG Funding Instructions & Application

Ventura receives federal funds each year through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for funding activities and programs that achieve the following:

  • Provide decent housing
  • Establish and maintain a suitable living environment
  • Expand economic development opportunities

HUD funding is provided through two grant programs: the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and the Home Investment Partnerships (HOME) programs. The CDBG and HOME funds collectively provide funding for various community programs including the Business Assistance Micro-Loan Program, Affordable Housing Development, the City's Capital Improvement Plan Program (such as street improvement projects and ADA improvements), Small Business Technical Assistance, and other affordable housing and community development activities.

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program

Authorized under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, the CDBG program is administered by HUD, which provides funding to municipalities for the purpose of developing viable urban communities. These activities and programs are primarily aimed at benefiting the city's low- to moderate-income households.

2023-2024 CDBG Funding Instructions & Application

  • Pre-Funding Workshop Friday, March 3 at 10:00 a.m.
  • Application Deadline: 5:00 p.m., Friday, March 17. APPLICATION PERIOD IS NOW CLOSED. Final recommendations to be approved by City Council May 15, 2023
  • Question about your application or to make public comment? Contact Lee Sherman

Home Investment Partnerships (HOME) Program

Home Investment Partnerships (HOME) was created by the  Cranston-Gonzales National Affordable Housing Act of 1990 (NAHA) and is also administered by HUD.

The intent of the HOME program is to:  

  • Provide decent affordable housing to lower-income households
  • Expand the capacity of nonprofit housing providers
  • Strengthen the ability of State and local governments to provide housing
  • Leverage private sector participation

2020-2024 Five-Year Regional Consolidated Plan & Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Area Plan

The Regional Consolidated Plan (Plan) outlines the countywide process for the County of Ventura, its unincorporated areas, and the cities of Camarillo, Oxnard, Ventura, Simi Valley and Thousand Oaks HUD-funded goals throughout a 5-year period.  The Plan identifies community needs and gaps, provides data analyses and prioritizes goals based upon citizen, stakeholder, and municipal input for improving and stabilizing low-and moderate-income households and neighborhoods. A comprehensive Strategic Plan is also identified in the Plan. The Strategic Plan supports each Annual Action Plan to implement programs and services necessary to address the needs and gaps within the community.  This plan, the Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Area Plan, and the 2020-2021 Annual Action Plan were all adopted by Ventura City Council on June 29, 2020.  

Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Area Plan

The City has one neighborhood specifically targeted for revitalization, within the Westside of Ventura, designated as a HUD-approved Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Area (NRSA), where HUD allows greater flexibility with regulatory requirements when utilizing CDBG funds within this specific community.  A plan is established describing the demographics of the neighborhood, the geographic boundaries surrounding the area, and five-year goals to improve parts of the neighborhood of greatest concerns identified by residents and community partners.

2015-2019 Five-Year Consolidated Plan & Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Area Plan

The 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan, adopted by City Council on May 11, 2015, identifies the strategies for addressing the priority community needs for the five years ending June 2019.  Additionally, HUD approved the City's Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Area Plan, addressing the needs of the Westside under NRSA goals and guidelines.

Citizen Participation Plan

The Citizen Participation Plan (CPP), adopted by City Council on June 12, 2017, is designed to specifically encourage public participation in the development or amendment process by low- and moderate-income persons, particularly residents of slum and blighted areas or predominately low- and moderate-income neighborhoods, where HUD program funding is proposed to be used.  

Specific public engagement is required for developing the following activities: 
  1. Five-Year Consolidated Plan
  2. Assessment of Fair Housing
  3. Annual Action Plan
  4. Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Reports (CAPER), and
  5. Substantial Amendments to the any of those mentioned above, or substantial changes to CDBG- or HOME-funded projects.

Annual Action Plans - CDBG & HOME

Every year, the City prepares an Annual Action and Funding Plan, which details the projects and programs to be undertaken with the City's federal entitlement funds in achieving the goals identified in the Five-Year Consolidated Plan. The Action Plan also outlines the goals and proposed outcomes for funded projects.  The Action Plans below were adopted by City Council on the dates shown.

Consolidated Annual Performance & Evaluation Report (CAPER)

The Consolidated Annual Performance & Evaluation Report (CAPER) is a summary of the progress toward meeting the goals and objectives that were outlined in the 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan and its Annual Action Plan.  The CAPER details the expenditures made in the City's CDBG and HOME programs during each fiscal year and is submitted to HUD under the City's 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan. A draft of the CAPER for FY22-23 is available below for public comment until Wednesday, September 27, 2023. Comments can be directed to Lee Sherman in Housing Services.

  1. 2022-2023 CAPER (draft)
  2. 2021-2022 CAPER (draft)
  3. 2020-2021 CAPER (draft)
  4. 2019-2020 CAPER
  5. 2018-2019 CAPER
  6. 2017-2018 CAPER
  7. 2016-2017 CAPER