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Administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program provides funding for activities that provide decent housing, create suitable living environments, and expand economic opportunities for low and moderate-income people. These goals are further described below. 

  • Provide Decent Housing: Assist homeless and potentially (at-risk) homeless people, retain affordable housing stock, and increase the availability of permanent housing;

  • Create Suitable Living Environment: Improve the safety and livability of neighborhoods, increase access to community facilities and services, and revitalize neighborhoods; and

  • Expand Economic Opportunities: Create and retain jobs, assist small businesses, and expand workforce development opportunities.

As a federally designated entitlement community, the City of Palm Desert receives CDBG funds annually to assist low and moderate-income people within our community. 

Emergency Rental Assistance Program

Please review the rental property guidelines and application for information regarding the City of Palm Desert's Emergency Rental Assistance Program. Supported browsers for the linked site include the latest versions of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari and Microsoft Edge.

If you have any questions, please contact Christopher Gerry, Senior Management Analyst, by calling (760) 776-6335 or emailing

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