Community Planning

Community Development Program

May 22, 2018 Public Hearing

In December 2017 the CD Committee held a public hearing for the 2018 Annual Action Plan and finalized the funding recommendations based on funding estimates. The City of Duluth now has received the final funding amounts, therefore another Public Hearing will be held to hear input. The Public Hearing will be May 22, 2018 at 5:30PM, City Hall, Room 303.

View the Public Hearing Notice

View Final Managers Recommendation (5/8/18)

View Summary of Funding Adjustments


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 2015 through 2019. 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 for the 2016 program year. 


Application Information


Fiscal Year 2018 applications are due September 1, 2017. Each year the community needs assessment conducted in the spring influences the Community Development Committee's recommended funding priorities, so the specifics of the 2018 application are slightly different than in previous years. If you are a returning applicant, please be sure to review the new materials carefully for changes. For reference, the FY 2017 application scores and staff reports are included below the 2018 application materials.

       FY 2018 Application Materials

       FY 2017 Application Evaluations

Data & Reports

Below you can find information regarding the Community Development Program. Comprehensive year-end reports detailing the Program, called CAPERs, are available in the Planning Library. The data below was pulled together in response to specific questions asked during outreach or CD Committee meetings. If you have questions about the information shared here, please contact Kathy Wilson

FY 2017 Community Needs Assessment

A report of key findings from the Needs Assessment survey and public forum. This information was given to the Community Development Committee in June 2016 to help guide their decisions about funding priorities for fiscal year 2017.

Agency Staff and Board Race

Agencies who received Community Development Program funding in 2016 were asked by the community to report the racial makeup of their staff and Boards of Directors.

Three Year Project, Funding, and Race

Duluth @ Work Summary 

Funding amounts, programs/services, and the race of people served for fiscal years 2012, 2013, and 2014.


Adam Fulton
Manager, Community Planning Division
City Hall, Room 208
411 West First Street
Duluth, MN 55802
(218) 730-5580


Keith Hamre
Director, Planning & Construction Services
(218) 730-5580


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