Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)

Community Development Block Grants

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) is a federal grant program by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). CDBG is a formula grant allocated to local governments for the purpose of developing viable urban communities by providing decent housing, a suitable living environment, and expanding economic opportunities principally for persons of low and moderate-income. Eligible programs and projects must satisfy one or more of the following objectives: provide a benefit to low- and moderate-income persons, prevent or eliminate slum or blight, and/or assist with a natural disaster. Additionally, HUD has identified "presumed beneficiary" categories eligible for CDBG funding.

Non-profit organizations interested in obtaining CDBG funding or learning if their particular services are CDBG-eligible, should email Gayle Ackerman, Director of Development Services, to obtain further information. Your organization could also be added to the interest list for the next round of funding. The Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) is published in the fall of each calendar year.


The City is currently receiving applications for sub-recipient funding from tax-exempt California nonprofit organizations intending to provide eligible CDBG services within the City during Fiscal Year 2020 to 2021. All applications are due to the City by Friday, January 24, 2020, at 12 p.m. The CDBG application, along with additional information regarding the CDBG program as administered by the City of Lake Forest, is available for download below or by contacting Ron Santos – Senior Planner, at (949) 461-3449 or email Ron Santos.

The City Council public hearing on this item will be continued to May 19, 2020 and the public review period has been extended to May 4 at noon.

CDBG Subrecipients

For Fiscal Year 2020-2021, the City awarded CDBG funds to the following non-profit organizations:

AgencyService Description
Age Well Senior ServicesProvides seniors with in-home supportive services (e.g., bathing, housekeeping, coordinating Meals-on-Wheels, etc.)
Alzheimer's Orange County
Operating as South County Adult Day Services, provides adult day care services, including nursing supervision, physical and occupational therapies, healthy meals, personal care assistance, health education and exercise programs, medication management, therapeutic activities and case management, at their facility in Laguna Woods.
Camino Health Center
Provides primary medical, dental, and behavioral health care.
Fair Housing Council of OC
Responds to housing discrimination allegations and provides professional services that address housing-related matters, including general housing law violations.
Family Assistance Ministries
Provides assistance to homeless Lake Forest residents, including financial counseling, rental assistance, transitional and long-term housing; together with "wraparound services" including food, workforce development, case management, and service referrals, developmental screenings for children, and linkage with a health home for medical, vision, dental, and mental health needs.
Families Forward
Assists families in need to achieve and maintain self-sufficiency through housing, food, counseling, education, and other support services.

South County Outreach
Provides emergency assistance to very low-, low-, and moderate income individuals, including food pantry services.
Vocational Visions
Provides job training and development resources for adults with developmental disabilities.