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Grants Division
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
Debbie Laurie
Senior Project Manager

Community Development Grants Division
3 Pond Road
Gloucester, MA  01930

Ph: 978-325 5239

Monday - Wednesday
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 6:30 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 12:30 pm


THE NEW FIRST-TIME HOME BUYER DOWN PAYMENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM IS AVAILABLE  PLEASE CALL Debbie Laurie for more information at 978 325 5239 or download application here: FTHB application 2017

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Objectives

The primary objectives of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program, which is funded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and administered by the city of Gloucester, are development of viable urban communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment, and expanding economic opportunities, principally for persons of low and moderate income. Any activity may be financed in whole or in part by CDBG funds only if it accomplishes one of the following national objectives of the block grant program:

A. Principally benefit low- and moderate-income persons
At least 70% of the City’s CDBG funds must be used for activities that benefit low- and moderate-income persons. The low- and moderate-income benefit is determined either by the income of the household receiving CDBG services or by geographical location.
B. Aid in the prevention and elimination of slums and blight
If, instead of qualifying under the low/moderate income benefit provision, the activity qualifies under the prevention or elimination of slums and blight provision, it must:
  1. be in a slum, blight, deteriorated, or deteriorating area as defined by state or local law; and the area must contain a number of deteriorated or dilapidated buildings or improvements throughout the area. Activities undertaken must be designed to address one or more of the conditions which qualify the area, or
  2. be designed to eliminate the specific conditions of blight or physical decay on a spot basis not located in the slum or blighted area.
    C. Be designed to meet a need having a particular urgency
    To qualify under this criteria an activity must be “designed to alleviate a serious and immediate threat to health or welfare of the community which is of recent origin” and which the City is unable to finance out of its own other sources. See hud.gov for more information.

    The City's Vision:

    "A satisfying home for residents of diverse cultures and economic circumstances.... A productive and supportive community that provides excellent jobs... A genuine and unique living community that proudly reflects its history.... " - Community Development Plan 2001 

    2017 RFP Application


    DRAFT PY17 Annual Action Plan

    Annual Action Plan PY16

    Five Year Consolidated Plan 2015 - 2019 and Annual Action Plan PY2015

    PY16 Consolidation and Annual Performance Evaluation Report

    Current Income Guidelines 


    Notice of Release of Funds for PY17

    PY16 Draft Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report

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