Federal Grants

The Neighborhood & Community Engagement Team monitors annual federal entitlements to the City of South Bend from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). These funds benefit low to moderate income persons and/or eliminate slum and blight. The City conducts an annual application/request for proposal and award processes for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME, and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funds.  

The Housing & Community Development Plan* (HCD Plan, also sometimes called the Consolidated Plan) explains how and why HUD funding will be used. The HCD Plan requires the community to combine submission of all its HUD funded grants into one document, to allow for better coordination of resources. In essence, the HCD Plan is an application for the following HUD grants: Community Development Block Grant, HOME Investment Partnership Program, and Emergency Shelter Grant. In addition, because the City of South Bend, the City of Mishawaka, and St. Joseph County entered into an Inter-local Government Agreement in 1991 to establish the St. Joseph County Housing Consortium, the three jurisdictions develop the HCD Plan together.

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds can be used for a variety of community development opportunities such as providing affordable housing, a suitable living environment, and economic opportunities for individuals and families with incomes below 80 percent of the area median income. CDBG funds can also be used for the elimination of slum and blight. South Bend and Mishawaka each administer their own CDBG entitlement funds. CDBG 2018

HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME) funds are used to develop affordable housing opportunities for households with incomes under 80 percent of the area median income. HOME funds are distributed countywide through the St. Joseph County Housing Consortium.  HOME 2018 APP

Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Program provides homeless persons with basic shelter and essential supportive services.  It can assist with operational costs of the shelter facility, and for the administration of the grant.  ESG RFP 2018

Continuum of Care (CoC) Program is designed to promote a community-wide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness; to provide funding for efforts by nonprofit providers, States, and local governments to quickly re-house homeless individuals and families while minimizing the trauma and dislocation caused to homeless individuals, families, and communities by homelessness; to promote access to and effective utilization of mainstream programs by homeless individuals and families; and to optimize self-sufficiency among individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

The Neighborhood & Community Engagement Team oversees the annual grant process through which these funds are invested in the community. The Division also staffs the St. Joseph Housing Consortium. Project proposals from eligible entities are solicited annually, usually in the summer months.  All proposals are reviewed and public input is solicited at public hearings. Decisions are finalized in November for the following year. The investment of these entitlement funds in South Bend is part of a coordinated strategy guided by City Plan, South Bend's comprehensive plan.

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Contact

For additional program information, contact the Division of Neighborhood & Community Engagement.

Lory Timmer, Associate, 574.235.5841

  • CDBG
  • Emergency Solutions Grant
  • HOME
  • Davis Bacon
  • St. Joseph County Housing Consortium

 Pamela Meyer, 574.235.5845

  • HOME
  • HPRP
  • Emergency Solutions Grant
  • Davis Bacon
  • St. Joseph County Housing Consortium