The Community Development Department administers and manages grant funded programs and provides compliance oversight to ensure the department performs grant activities in accordance with appropriate public and private laws and regulations.
- U.S. Economic Development Administration designed to establish a foundation for sustainable job growth and the building of durable regional economics by fostering regional economic development efforts in communities across the nation.
- The City of San Luis was granted a $1.6 million grant to construct a business incubator.
- Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) is a federal program funded through the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and authorized by Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974. Funds are allocated thorough the Arizona Department of Housing (ADOH) to the Western Arizona Council of Government (WACOG). San Luis applies for the funding every two years as determined by WACOG's regional method of distribution and can apply for State Special Projects (SSP) upon allocation of funds from ADOH.
- Purpose of CDBG: The purpose of CDBG is to assist in the development of viable urban (and rural) communities by providing decent housing and suitable living environments and expanding economic opportunities, primarily for persons of low and moderate income. CDBG projects must meet one of the three national objectives established by Congress:
- Address an urgent need, i.e. activity in a disaster area, health hazard.
- Benefit at least 51% of low and moderate income persons.
- Aid in the prevention or elimination of slums or blight
- What type of projects can CDBG be used for? CDBG can assist with a wide variety of activities including:
- Water, wastewater, or street improvements
- Public Services such as public safety and health care
- Community supportive services such as homeless facilities, food banks, senior centers
- Neighborhood revitalization and redevelopment
- Housing such as rehab, owner occupied, lead paint evaluation & reduction
- Current project under construction with CDBG funds: Hidalgo Avenue Improvements Phase II