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Lake County, Ohio - Planning & Community Development

Community Development Block Grant Program

    CDBG Program


    The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is a flexible program that provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs.  Beginning in 1974, the CDBG program is one of the longest continuously run programs at HUD.


    The CDBG program allocates annual grants to develop decent affordable housing, to provide services to the most vulnerable in our communities, to create jobs through the expansion and retention of businesses, and to expand economic opportunities, principally for low- and moderate-income persons.  This program is an important tool for helping local governments tackle challenges facing their communities.

    Lake County receives an annual allocation from HUD to administer the CDBG funds.  The Lake County Planning and Community Development Office accepts applications for CDBG funding every Spring from interested communities for housing programs, economic development projects, public improvements, and public services.

    Housing Programs

    The Lake County Housing Rehabilitation Program is funded through CDBG, and administered by the Western Reserve Community Development Corporation (WRCDC.)  This program, which is designed to improve the housing conditions for income eligible families and extend the economic life of existing housing stock, is divided into three types of assistance: Emergency Repairs, Mobility and Accessibility Repairs and Modifications, and Full Single-Family Homes Rehabilitation. 

    Contact WRCDC for more information: Phone (440) 357-4400, Website
    Subordination Policy

    Economic Development Loans

    To encourage economic development throughout the community, the Lake County Commissioners allocated CDBG funds to create an Economic Development Loan Fund for businesses, which is administered through the Lake County Port Authority.  This loan fund is used to fill a lending GAP for businesses, and in turn, businesses grow and contribute to the local economy and commit to creating new jobs. 

    Small business in Lake County can use CDBG Microloan funds as an alternative source of financing.  Start-ups and existing businesses looking to expand that have a solid business plan and good expectations for success can obtain loans for machinery, equipment, inventory, real estate, leasehold improvements, remodeling and gap financing.

    Contact the Lake County Port & Economic Development Authority for more information: Phone (440) 357-2290, Website

    Public Improvements

    Communities can benefit from CDBG funds for construction of public facilities and improvements, such as water and sewer facilities, streets, neighborhood centers, and activities relating to energy conservation.  Funds can be used for accessibility improvements, such as ADA sidewalks and entryways. 

    Public Services

    CDBG funds can be used for a wide range of public service activities, including job training, crime prevention, child care, health services, fair housing counseling, education programs, energy conservation, services for the homeless, and much more. Eligible public service activities will fulfill the national objective of benefiting low- to-moderate income persons. 

    Five-Year Accomplishments 

    The Tribune ran an article, "Lake County Community Development Block Grant Program accomplishments over past five years" on April 19, 2013 listing points of accomplishments the County CDBG/HOME Programs had achieved in the last five years.  Attached is a copy of the article for your perusal. (click here)