Community Development Block Grant Program

The primary objective of the CDBG Program is the 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.

Community Development Block Grant Program LogoEach year, the U.S. Department of Housing and Community Development (HUD) distributes community development block grant funds to cities for their local community development projects. The City of Annapolis distributes these funds through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, based on its Five Year Housing and Community Development Consolidated Plan.  The Consolidated Plan is a five-year planning document which: 1) identifies housing needs and problems; 2) analyzes market conditions and resources; 3) sets priorities and adopts strategies; 4) allocates resources; and, 5) contains an annual action plan.  The Annual Action Plan identifies the amount of CDBG funds the City expects to use, the activities that the City will fund, and the goals the City set for the number and type of households the City expects to assist.

The City’s Community Development Division in the Planning and Zoning Department administers the CDBG program. The City Affordable Housing and Community Equity Development Commission has oversight responsibility for the CDBG program and the use of CDBG funds. The Commission recommends the funding to the City Council, which approves all CDBG-funded projects. The approved projects then become the basis for the CDBG Action Plan. 

For the past 30 years, the City has used its CDBG funds to provide homeownership opportunities, housing rehabilitation services, and financial support for various human service organizations.

In FY 2021 the City provided $305,040 in CDBG Entitlement funds to the following organizations:

  • Arundel Lodge, Inc.
  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Blessed in Tech Ministries
  • Center of Help
  • Community Action Agency
  • Housing Authority of the City of Annapolis
  • Light House
  • OHLA
  • OIC
  • Restoration Community Development Corporation

In addition, the City received a special allocation of Community Development Block Grant funds $429,297 from the  CARES ACT to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19).   Those funds went to the following organizations:

  • Arundel Lodge, Inc.
  • Blessed in Tech Ministries, Inc.
  • Center of Help, Inc.
  • Housing Authority of the City of Annapolis
  • Light House, Inc.
  • Restoration Community Development Corporation, Inc.
  • Superior Future, Inc.
  • Co-op Arundel, Inc.

Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER)

Notice Of Availability Of The City Of Annapolis Draft Consolidated Annual Performance And Evaluation Report For The Community Development Block Grant Program

Notice is hereby given that the City of Annapolis Draft Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) for Local Fiscal Year 2021 is available for public review and comment.  The CAPER is required by HUD to identify federal resources received by the City of Annapolis between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021, which were used to implement projects and programs to achieve the goals and objectives as outlined in the Consolidated Plan: FY 2021 – FY 2025.

The report includes a summary of available resources, accomplishments, and an evaluation of actions undertaken to achieve the Strategic Plan objectives, including the City’s efforts to provide affordable housing, address the needs of the homeless population and those with special needs, and affirmatively further fair housing.   This report also identifies how federal funds leveraged other resources and met program specific requirements for the CDBG Program.

Residents who are unable to access the draft CAPER electronically should contact  to make alternate arrangements to view a printed copy.  A summary of the draft CAPER will be made available in a format accessible to Limited English Persons (LEP) and persons with disabilities when given seven days notice.

Oral and written comments can be submitted by calling 410-263-7961 x 7798, emailing, or mailing to Planning and Zoning Dept.145 Gorman St.3rd floor, Annapolis MD 21401.  Comments received by or before 4:30 p.m. September 17, 2021 will be considered and changes made, if such changes are deemed appropriate, prior to submitting the final plan to HUD.  A summary of all comments, with reasons provided for any comments not incorporated, will be included in the CAPER submitted to HUD.

For additional information about the CDBG Program, please contact Ms. Wellman at 410-263-7961 extension 7798 or

Fair Housing

As an entitlement community under the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG), Annapolis is required, in accordance with the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended, to “affirmatively further fair housing.”  To show that the entitlement community is “affirmatively furthering fair housing,” it must conduct a fair housing analysis, which identifies any impediments to fair housing choice and the steps it will take to meet this requirement.  HUD advises communities that this Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing (AI) should also address “Visitability,” the Section 504 Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as the Fair Housing Act.

The HUD Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) Office is now advising Federal entitlement communities to update its Analysis of Impediments (AI) to Fair Housing Choice to coincide with its Five Year Consolidated Plan, and then every five (5) years thereafter.  In addition, each year the City, as part of its Annual Action Plan, must sign certifications that the City will affirmatively further fair housing.  Consequently, the City is currently working on its AI for FY 2020 to identify the appropriate actions to overcome the effects of any identified impediments.  The city must then maintain records reflecting what analysis and corrective actions were taken.

The City of Annapolis currently has a Fair Housing Law, which the Annapolis Human Relations Commission oversees and takes complaints. Learn more about fair housing rights in the City of Annapolis.