The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program provides annual grants on a formula basis to entitled cities and counties to develop viable urban communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment, and by expanding economic opportunities, principally for low and moderate income persons. The program is authorized under Title 1 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, Public Law 93-383, as amended; 42 U.S.C.-5301 et seq.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awards grants to entitlement community grantees to carry out a wide range of community development activities directed toward revitalizing neighborhoods, economic development, and providing improved community facilities and services.

Entitlement communities develop their own programs and funding priorities. However, grantees must give maximum feasible priority to activities which benefit low- and moderate-income persons. A grantee may also carry out activities which aid in the prevention or elimination of slums or blight.


Additionally, grantees may fund activities when the grantee certifies that the activities meet other community development needs having a particular urgency because existing conditions pose a serious and immediate threat to the health or welfare of the community where other financial resources are not available to meet such needs. CDBG funds may not be used for activities which do not meet these broad national objectives.

CDBG funds may be used for activities which include, but are not limited to:

Check Acquisition of real property;
Check Relocation and demolition;
Check Rehabilitation of residential and non-residential structures;
Check Construction of public facilities and improvements, such as water and sewer facilities, streets, neighborhood centers, and the conversion of school buildings for eligible purposes;
Check Public services, within certain limits;
Check Activities relating to energy conservation and renewable energy resources; and
Check Provision of assistance to profit-motivated businesses to carry out economic development and job creation/retention activities.
  • Generally, the following types of activities are ineligible:

    Check Acquisition, construction, or reconstruction of buildings for the general conduct of government;
    Check Political activities;
    Check Certain income payments; and
    Check Construction of new housing by units of general local government.





The Department of Community Development is responsible for obtaining and administering federal and state funds for a wide array of development initiatives, community facility projects and public service activities. This involves:
-The design, construction and oversight of public infrastructure improvements

-The rehabilitation of both historic and non-historic buildings

-Renovation to recreational areas

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2014 Entitlement Presentation

The 2014 Entitlements Program presentation
as presented by the City Mayor and CD.
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Our FY'11 Consolidated Plan

The City of Lynn’s Consolidated Plan for Housing and Community Development for City Fiscal Years 2011-2015 is designed to provide a framework and strategy for future actions and investments and to meet federal funding requirements related to four (4) major formula programs:

(CDBG) Community Dev. Block Grant
(HOME) HOME Investment Partnerships
(ESG) Emergency Solutions Grant
Formerly the Emergency Shelter Grant)
(HOPWA) Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS Program

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Annual Action Plan FY 2014

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Annual Action Plan FY 2015

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Did You Know...

Lynn's Central Square Farmer's Market is a collaboration between The Food Project and the Department of Community Development. The Lynn Farmers’ Market is a leader in the state, making fresh, healthy food available to the community at an affordable price. This market has experienced the highest level of Food Stamp sales and the second highest level of WIC Farmers’ Market Coupon sales in the state of Massachusetts.









CDBG & ESG Grant Process



Overview Of Lynn's Projects and Services


Citizen's Advisory Board

The Citizen's Advisory Board facilitates active participation by citizens throughout the City of Lynn.

Visit our Citizen's Advisory webpage to read more about the Advisory Board, its services, responsibilities, meetings and more. For additional information on the CDBG program please contact our office.