City Government

Community Development

  • Director:   Kurt Sauer
  • Phone: (570) 208-4135

The Office of Community Development is in charge of the funding and operation of the following programs within the City:

1. Community Development Block Grant Program

The 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.

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

  • acquisition of real property
  • relocation and demolition
  • rehabilitation of residential and non-residential structures
  • construction of public facilities and improvements, such as water and sewer facilities, streets, neighborhood centers, and the conversion of school buildings for eligible purposes
  • public services within certain limits
  • activities relating to energy conservation and renewable energy resources
  • provision of assistance to profit-motivated businesses to carry out economic development and job creation/retention activities

2. Emergency Shelter

Emergency Shelter Grants (ESG) awards grants for the rehabilitation or conversion of buildings into homeless shelters. It also funds certain related social services, operating expenses, homeless prevention activities, and administrative costs.

Grantees may use ESG for the conversion, major rehabilitation, or renovation of buildings as emergency shelters. They may also use ESG for shelter operating expenses, essential services (supportive services concerned with employment, health, drug abuse, and education), or homelessness prevention activities. Grantees may use up to 30 percent of a grant for essential services and homelessness prevention activities. They may request a waiver on the cap on essential services. With the exception of homelessness prevention activities, grantees must use the property as a homeless shelter for a specific period.

3. Home Investment Partnership Program

Participating jurisdictions may choose among a broad range of eligible activities, using funds (referred to as HOME funds) to provide home purchase or rehabilitation financing assistance to eligible homeowners and new homebuyers; build or rehabilitate housing for rent or ownership; or for other reasonable and necessary expenses related to the development of non-luxury housing, including site acquisition or improvement, demolition of dilapidated housing to make way for HOME-assisted development, and payment or relocation expenses.

For this year, OCD has received the following funding amounts from the United States Department Housing and Urban Development:

Community Grant information available soon.