In response to the Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19) the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant program has notified the City of Portland that it will receive a formula allocation from the first round of CDBG-CV funding to be used specifically for the prevention of, preparation for, and response to the Coronavirus. This allocation was authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), Public Law 116-136, which was signed on March 27, 2020. 

On May 18th, 2020 the Portland City Council voted to pass Order 174-19/20 Accepting and Appropriating Supplemental Community Development Block Grant and Emergency Solutions Grant Funding. This order allocated the full CDBG-CV award to several programs. A portion of the funding was made available through a competitive application process for food assistance and homeless prevention. 

CDBG-CV Application Information

The CDBG-CV Review Team Recommendations were released June 12th, 2020. Click here to view CDBG-CV Review Team recommendations. The CDBG-CV review team recommendations are currently being reviewed by the City Manager. The CDBG-CV Review Team recommendations have been sent to the City Manager for review. Final funding allocations will be made by the City Manager. 

About Community Development Block Grants

The City of Portland, Maine is an Entitlement Community for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) from the federal Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD).

The goal of the CDBG program is to develop strong communities by ensuring decent affordable housing, providing services to the most vulnerable, and expanding economic opportunities for low and moderate income persons.

The program achieves this goal through the development of partnerships between government, businesses, and non-profit organizations.

Goals and Priorities

The City will prioritizes the following categories of projects/programs in its funding decisions:
  • Neighborhood Investment and Infrastructure: Create strong, safe, accessible and vibrant neighborhoods
  • Housing Availability: Increase housing availability and affordability
  • Economic Opportunity: Create economic opportunities to transition people out of poverty
  • Address the Needs of the Growing Homeless Population: Prevent and reduce homelessness
A full description of the new Community Development Policy Goals and Priorities can be found in the Needs-Goals-Priorities Table

Final Allocations

2020-2021 CDBG Allocation
2019-2020 CDBG Allocation
View All Final Allocations

History of CDBG Priorities & Process