Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)

Thornton receives Community Development Block Grant funds each year from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to use for housing and community development programs or projects that benefit low- and moderate-income residents. Projects may be completed by the City or through partnerships with nonprofits and housing service providers. Thornton has been receiving these funds since 1986 and new CDBG projects are approved each year by City Council. The City accepts applications for this grant funding each year. If you have a project idea, send us an email at  

2020 Draft CAPER

The City of Thornton is currently taking public comments on the draft 2020 Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER). The 15-day comment period for this will run from November 4, 2021 at 8am to November 19, 2021 at 5pm. Residents are welcomed to provide comments on the 2020 draft CAPER during this period. Please send comments to or call 720-977-5812 to speak with a staff member. A draft of the CAPER, the Fair Housing Equal Opportunity Activities and the Public Notice can be found on the right hand side of this web page, under "CDBG Resources".

Activities included in the 2021 Annual Action Plan

Administration: $170,198

  • the salary of staff that process required grant paperwork, create reports, and assure compliance with regulations as well as supplies and staff training.

Housing Improvement Programs: $50,000

  • Continuation of the Help for Homes minor home repair program.

Public Facilities & Improvements: $503,143.50

  • Parks and Open Space enhancements and works of art in low to moderate-income neighborhoods.
  • Accessibility improvements, including sidewalk construction.
  • Street Improvements

Public Services: $127,648.50

  • Continuation of the City's Homeless Outreach Team (HOT).

Activities that received funding in 2020

Help for Homes Minor Home Repair Program:  The Help for Homes program is a grant that assists Thornton's low to moderate-income homeowners with up to $10,000 in home repairs. For more information please visit our Home Repair, Maintenance & Improvement webpage or call Thornton's Housing Coordinator, Ben Nichols, at 720-977-5813.

 partners with both Almost Home and Maiker Housing Partners to provide emergency rent/mortgage or utility assistance for low income Thornton residents, which also includes time with a case worker to discuss long-term solutions. For more information on these programs call Community Connections at 720-977-5800.

Thornton allocated 2020 funding to Maiker Housing Partners to support the second phase of the Crossing Pointe affordable housing development. This second phase will complete the intergenerational community by constructing 142 units of affordable multifamily housing.

Intervention, Inc.: Community Connections partnered with Intervention, Inc. to provide CDBG funding for an innovative domestic violence prevention and anti-recidivism program. Residents are referred to Intervention, Inc. through Thornton's Victims Advocates and Police Department.

Infrastructure/Accessibility Improvements:  Thornton allocated funds to provide greater accessibility, mobility, and connectivity in areas of the City that are primarily comprised of low to moderate-income residents. This includes the installation of a sidewalk at the northwest corner of E. 100th Ave. and Riverdale Rd.

Activities that received funding in 2019

Thornton amended the 2019 Annual Action Plan to create a Homeless Outreach Team. The goals of this team are to build relationships with Thornton's unhoused population, provide resources including personal protective equipment and hygiene supplies to prevent the spread of COVID-19, provide resource referrals to other services and public benefits, and collect data for future policy and program decisions.

Help for Homes Minor Home Repair Program: Brothers Redevelopment provides home repairs to eligible low income Thornton homeowners. The Help for Homes program is a grant that assists with up to $10,000 in home repairs. For more information call Ben Nichols at 720-977-5813.

Fund installation of utilities at a future park in southwest Thornton. The City is already using 2018 CDBG funds to help purchase the property and design the park.

Contribute funds to purchase fire protection and life-saving equipment for the new Fire Station in Ward 1.

Almost Home provides rent/mortgage or utility assistance for low income Thornton residents plus cost of time with a case worker to discuss long-term solutions. For more information on this program call Almost Home at 303-659-6199.

Seniors' Resource Center provides a Chore Services Program for residents age 60 or older. This includes deep cleaning of kitchens and baths, yard work, downsizing, and other strenuous chores. For more information on this program call Seniors Resource Center at 303-238-8151.