Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)

 The City is now accepting applications for the 2017-18 First Time Home Buyers Program.

The draft 2018-19 Annual Action Plan is now available for public comment. The 30-day public comment period begins Saturday, June 23, 2018 and ends on Monday, July 23, 2018. The purpose of the public comment period is to allow the public the opportunity to review the plan and submit comments prior to the final draft being submitted to the City Council for approval. The public is encouraged to review and make comments, or attend the final public hearing (City Council, August 6, 2018, 6:00 PM), including organizations that provide assistance to low-moderate income residents and individuals who may be homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, public housing agencies, residents of public and assisted housing developments, and low-moderate income residents. For more information or to submit comments on the Annual Action Plan, contact Matt Wright, Senior Planer, at 816-220-4504 or

Overview of CDBG

The United States Congress reaffirmed the nation's primary housing goal "that every American family be able to afford a decent home in a suitable environment" through the passage of the Cranston-Gonzales National Affordable Housing Act of 1990.

Goals of the Act

This Act made substantive changes to the nation's approach to providing low and moderate income families with greater opportunities toward obtaining affordable housing. The 1990 Act listed the following goals to guide the various federal housing programs covered by the Act:
  • Ensure that every resident of the United States has access to decent shelter or assistance in avoiding homelessness
  • Increase the Nation's supply of decent housing that is affordable to low-income and moderate-income families and increase accessibility to job opportunities
  • Improve housing opportunities for all residents of the United States Help make neighborhoods safe and livable
  • Expand opportunities for home ownership
  • Provide every American community with a reliable, readily available supply of mortgage financing at the lowest possible interest rates
  • Encourage tenant empowerment and reduce generational poverty in federally assisted and public housing by improving the means by which self-sufficiency may be achieved

CDBG Funds & Blue Springs

Beginning in 2006, the City of Blue Springs qualified as an "Entitlement Community", which means it became entitled to receive CDBG funds. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awards these entitlement funds. The CDBG program is administered by Community Development Department Staff. For more information please visit the HUD CDBG Program website.
For more information contact Matt Wright, Senior Planner at (816) 220-4504 or e-mail