Administered by the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD), the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program provides funding for cities and counties to develop and maintain programs to provide decent housing, suitable living environments, and expand economic opportunities for low and moderate-income persons.

These programs can be defined as:

  1. Decent housing: assisting homeless or potentially homeless persons, retention of affordable housing stock, and/or increasing the availability of permanent housing;
  2. Suitable living environment: improving the safety and liability of neighborhoods, increasing access to public and private facilities and services, and revitalization of deteriorating/deteriorated neighborhoods; and
  3. Expanding economic opportunities: job creation and retention, establishment, stabilization, and expansion of small businesses; and the provision of public services concerned with employment.

As an entitlement community for the CDBG Program, the City of Palm Desert is awarded funding each year to assist local non-profit groups and organizations that serve low and moderate-income families and individuals, seniors, and the mentally or physically handicapped. All funds are divided based on the following: 1) Public Service Programs 15%; 2) Capital Improvement Projects 65%; and, 3) Administration 20% (Administration funds can be used for capital improvement projects).

2019/2020 CDBG Application and Award Process:

  • January 10, 2019: The City will hold a Public Hearing for comment and applications become available.
  • January 23, 2019: The City will hold a Community Meeting at 9 a.m.  Click here for the Community Meeting notice.
  • February 15, 2019: Deadline to submit applications.
  • March 2019: All applications will be submitted to the City's Outside Agency Funding Commission for review and recommendation.
  • May 9, 2019: City Council will hold its final Public Hearing for comment on the One-Year Action Plan which outlines proposed use of CDBG funding. Upon City Council approval, the plan will be sent to HUD for review and final approval.
  • October/November 2019: Upon receipt of final approval from HUD, the City will notify all applicants of whether or not they were approved for funding. For those approved, funds will be available retroactive to July 1, 2019.

If you would like to obtain more information about the CDBG Program, or if you would like to add your organization to the CDBG mailing list, please call (760) 346-0611, ext. 335, or contact us.

CDBG 2018/19 Cycle:

For the 2018/19 CDBG cycle, the City of Palm Desert was awarded $354,119. In addition, the City allocated $22,384.00 in unprogrammed funds that required allocation prior to HUD's reprogramming for other uses. Outlined below is a list of approved applicants and programs for 2018/19, as well as the funds awarded for each:


Applicant Name   Program



Cove Communities Senior

Assn (Joslyn Center)   

Energy Efficiency Project $28,000
Desert AIDS Project  Fire Protection Project $33,000
Desert Arc  Building Upgrade Project $78,000
JFK Memorial Foundation Flooring Project           $27,500
Martha's Village & Kitchen Energy Efficiency Project $68,000
Neuro Vitality Center Building Upgrade Project $29,000


Applicant Name Program



Coachella Valley Rescue Mission Food and Shelter Program        $10,000

Council on Aging Southern         California

Long-term Care Ombudsman Program

Desert Ability Center Disability Sports Festival $10,000
Martha's Village & Kitchen Food and Shelter Program $10,430
Operation SafeHouse  Shelter Program $  8,000


Applicant Name   Program



Program Administration                    Impediment Analysis Report, Davis-Bacon, project tracking & monitoring, preparation of reports, etc $27,473     
Administration Costs-Fair Housing Council

Resolution of landlord/tenant disputes, anti-discrimination, education/outreach services, training.


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