Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)

Help the City Determine How to Allocate Block Grants

On an annual basis, the City of Lake Forest receives approximately $400,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  Funds can be used for a variety of housing and community development activities provided the primary beneficiaries are lower-income Lake Forest residents.  To continue to receive CDBG funds, the City must prepare a strategic plan for the use of these funds for the next five years.  This plan is known as the 2020-2024 five-year Consolidated Plan.

You can help the City prepare the Consolidated Plan by completing the Community Survey to identify priority social services, housing, and community facilities, and infrastructure needs.

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Community Development Block Grants

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) is a federal grant program by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). CDBG is a formula grant allocated to local governments for the purpose of developing viable urban communities by providing decent housing, a suitable living environment, and expanding economic opportunities principally for persons of low and moderate-income. Eligible programs and projects must satisfy one or more of the following objectives: provide a benefit to low- and moderate-income persons, prevent or eliminate slum or blight, and/or assist with a natural disaster. Additionally, HUD has identified "presumed beneficiary" categories eligible for CDBG funding.

Non-profit organizations interested in obtaining CDBG funding or learning if their particular services are CDBG-eligible, should email Gayle Ackerman, Director of Development Services, to obtain further information. Your organization could also be added to the interest list for the next round of funding. The Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) is published in the fall of each calendar year.


The City is currently receiving applications for sub-recipient funding from tax-exempt California nonprofit organizations intending to provide eligible CDBG services within the City during Fiscal Year 2019 to 2020. All applications are due to the City by Friday, December 14, 2018, at 12 p.m. The CDBG application, along with additional information regarding the CDBG program as administered by the City of Lake Forest, is available for downloading from the City's website or by contacting Ron Santos – Senior Planner, at (949) 461-3449 or email Ron Santos.

CDBG Subrecipients

For Fiscal Year 2018-2019, the City awarded CDBG funds to the following non-profit organizations:

AgencyService Description
Age Well Senior ServicesProvides seniors with in-home supportive services (e.g., bathing, housekeeping, coordinating Meals-on-Wheels, etc.)
Alzheimer's Orange County
Operating as South County Adult Day Services, provides adult day care services, including nursing supervision, physical and occupational therapies, healthy meals, personal care assistance, health education and exercise programs, medication management, therapeutic activities and case management, at their facility in Laguna Woods.
Camino Health Center
Provides primary medical, dental, and behavioral health care.
Fair Housing Council of OC
Responds to housing discrimination allegations and provides professional services that address housing-related matters, including general housing law violations.
Family Assistance Ministries
Provides assistance to homeless Lake Forest residents, including financial counseling, rental assistance, transitional and long-term housing; together with "wraparound services" including food, workforce development, case management, and service referrals, developmental screenings for children, and linkage with a health home for medical, vision, dental, and mental health needs.
Families Forward
Assists families in need to achieve and maintain self-sufficiency through housing, food, counseling, education, and other support services.
Mercy House
Provides housing and comprehensive supportive services for a variety of homeless populations which includes families, adult men and women, mothers and their children, persons living with HIV/AIDS, individuals overcoming substance addictions, and some who are physically and mentally disabled.
South County Outreach
Provides emergency assistance to very low-, low-, and moderate income individuals, including food pantry services.
Vocational Visions
Provides job training and development resources for adults with developmental disabilities.