Community Development Block Grants (CDBG)

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50 Years of CDBG Community Development Block Grant Program

CDBG Celebrates it's 50th Anniversary!

April 1-5, 2024 was National Community Development Week, created as a way to bring national attention to the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. This year the CDBG program is celebrating its 50th anniversary! The city has funded minor home repair programs, free solar panel installations, emergency rent, mortgage and utility assistance, homelessness programs, ADA sidewalk improvements, park improvements, assistance to victims of domestic violence, and more. Be on the look out for social media content to be published all week! View the stories that were published throughout National Community Development Week [PDF/1.9MB], which showcase the important work of CDBG.

How should the city spend 2024 CDBG funds?

A draft of the 2024 Annual Action Plan (AAP), which details how staff recommend spending the 2024 allocation ($803,023), is now available. CDBG funds are intended to benefit low-to-moderate income residents. The city will consider and possibly incorporate your ideas on how to spending the funding in the 2024 AAP, during the 30-day comment period from June 20, 2024 to July 22, 2024. Contact CDBG staff at CDBG@Thorntonco.gov or by phone at 720-977-5800 for a copy of the 2024 AAP and/or to provide your ideas, comments or suggestions. A public hearing will also be held on July 23, 2024, at 7pm during the City Council Meeting in the Council Chambers, 9500 Civic Center Drive, Thornton, CO 80229. Guidance on audience participation is provided here:  City Council (thorntonco.gov) 

You can view the draft 2024 AAP [PDF/538KB] or find the document below.

The funds are proposed to be budgeted in the following way:

Administration (20%): $160,604

Housing, Infrastructure of Public Facility Programs (65%): $521,966

Public service (15%): $120,453

As a part of the AAP, the city will also reallocate PY2022 AAP funding in the amount of $100,000 originally to be used for a housing activity. These reallocated funds are included as prior year resources and will be redirected to another housing improvement program. 

We look forward to hearing from you!

CodeCAP Program Has Started!

In August 2023, the City of Thornton launched a new Code Compliance Assistance Program (CodeCAP) [PDF/1.1MB] to assist income-eligible Thornton homeowners in fixing city code violations in their yards. The program is federally funded through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program and therefore is free to qualified residents. Eligible projects include:

  • Removal of hazardous waste
  • Trash and debris removal, including furniture, appliances, and vehicles
  • Fence repair or replacement
  • Minor restorative front yard WaterWise landscaping

Not all projects are eligible, and funding is limited. CodeCap is not a lawn mowing or weed removal program, however other resources may be available. For more information and to get an application, contact Community Connections at 720-977-5800 or Housing@ThorntonCO.gov.

CDBG Project Map

CDBG funds have been used throughout our low -and moderate-income areas in Thornton. Projects may qualify for CDBG assistance if the activity will benefit all the residents of a primarily residential area where at least 51 percent of the residents are low- and moderate-income persons, i.e. area-benefit (LMA).To view the multi-family housing, infrastructure, and public facility improvements that have been completed going back to 2010 CDBG funds, take a look at our Community Development & Multi-family Housing Projects Map [PDF/1MB]

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