Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
The City of Cedar Falls receives an annual allocation of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds. The three basic goals of the program are to: provide decent housing, provide a suitable living environment, and expand economic opportunities. This is achieved through several activities the funds currently support in Cedar Falls:
Additional information & program-related materials are available by clicking on a program above or contacting the City's Planning & Community Services Division at (319) 273-8600.
All programs and projects are completed in compliance with HUD regulations, which include a 5-Year Consolidated Action Plan and an Annual Action Plan. A draft Annual Action Plan for Federal Fiscal Year 2021 is now available for review by clicking here.
This program is to aid in the costs of helping a property meet Cedar Falls Building Code and the Iowa Economic Development Authority’s Housing Quality Standards. The City of Cedar Falls’ Manual for Housing Rehabilitation Programs guides project eligibility and scope determinations. The program is available city-wide to income qualifying residents for projects up to $20,000. Income limits are published annually by HUD, generally being 80% of the area median income. Typically, the resident must have owned the property for at least 12 months prior to being eligible. Approximately 3–6 projects are funded per year, on a first-come, first-serve basis when all requirements are met. Applications may be submitted at any time and will be evaluated under program requirements. The homeowner may receive one Housing Rehabilitation grant.
All projects are guided by the City of Cedar Falls Standard Specifications for Housing Rehabilitations adopted in September 2015 and the current building code.
The Repair Grant Program helps families in need of "immediate" repairs on their homes. These repairs include items that would be a hazard to the occupants' health and safety. Items in dire need of repair often include the correction of inadequate electrical wiring, furnace or roof repair, plumbing replacement, etc. Repairs which exceed local codes are not normally eligible for funding. The program is available city-wide to income qualifying residents for projects up to $10,000. The number of projects funded varies each per year, with funds administered on a first-come, first-serve basis when all requirements are met. Applications may be submitted at any time. Income limits are published annually by HUD, generally being 80% of the area median income. Typically, the resident must have owned the property for at least 12 months prior to being eligible. The program follows the Cedar Falls Manual for Housing Rehabilitation Programs. The homeowner may not receive more than two (2) Repair Grants.
Various local service agencies receive some funding through this program to serve eligible Cedar Falls residents. In 2018, these agencies include:
- Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Northeastern Iowa – For housing counseling services and support as well as financial counseling/budget education sessions.
- Family and Children’s Council – Child abuse prevention and family strengthening through home visits and other activities.
- Northeast Iowa Food Bank – To support staff time conducting intake assessments and gathering food products.
- Pathways Behavioral Services – For support of residential treatment and shelter for situations related to substance abuse treatment.
- Salvation Army – Funding of agency expenses to provide Salvation Army Women’s and Children’s Shelter. It is an emergency shelter for residents working toward permanent stable housing and employment.
- Visiting Nursing Association – For support of providing physician-ordered skilled nursing services in the home when other service payment resources are not available.
Additional information & program-related materials are available by contacting the City's Planning & Community Services Division at (319) 273-8600.