Division of Grants Monitoring and Administration
Funding Sources

Community Development Block Grant

For almost 40 years, the City has utilized Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Entitlement funds to provide various community development activities to assist low and moderate income residents and to address deteriorated conditions in the City's older neighborhoods.  

The Department of Planning and Community Development’s Division of Grants Monitoring and Administration is responsible for approximately $11M in annual CDBG Entitlement.  The federal government establishes annual funding levels through congressional actions.  HUD in turn awards entitlement communities through a pre-established formula based on the approved congressional budget/continuing resolution.  Annual funding levels vary from year to year.  During the past four years, the annual award has reduced approximately 26% through FY 2014. 

Every five years, the City of San Antonio is required to establish a Five Year Consolidated Plan on how to effectively utilize future federal community development funding.  Subsequently, the City also creates an Annual Action Plan based on the meeting the goals of the Five Year Consolidated Plan and the City’s Strategic Plan for Community Development.

CDBG Eligible Activities may include:

Affordable Housing - Projects which improve or create housing for low or moderate income homeowners and renters and may include rehabilitation, site acquisition, counseling, etc.

Economic Development - Projects which stimulate economic conditions of low and moderate income persons and/or provide commercial activities in low and moderate income communities and may include job training, commercial facade improvements, and acquisition of blighted properties.

Neighborhood Revitalization and Public Service - Projects that improve or develop community facilities that benefit low and moderate income persons; projects may include employment, recreation, youth activities, health, child care, etc.

Public Infrastructure -  Projects may be used to install or improve a low and moderate income community's infrastructure including streets, curbs, gutters, streetlights, drainage, neighborhood facilities, sidewalks, parks, etc.

HEARTH Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG)

In accordance with the HEARTH Act, HUD has issued interim regulations for the Emergency Solutions Grants program along with corresponding amendments to the Consolidated Plan regulations.  The Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) program replaces the Emergency Shelter Grants program, and expands the eligible activities to include homelessness prevention and rapid re-housing components.  

The purpose of the ESG program is to assist individuals and families quickly regain stability in permanent housing after experiencing a housing crisis or homelessness.  In FY 2014 the City received $843,000 based on congressional funding levels and HUD’s formula allocation.

The City of San Antonio’s Department of Human Services (DHS) administers the Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) Program and coordinates activities to enhance the quality and quantity of homeless facilities and services for homeless individuals and families. ESG funds can be used for a variety of activities, including:

  • Street Outreach
  • Emergency Shelter
  • Rapid Re-Housing
  • Homeless Prevention
  • Homeless Management Information System (HMIS)
  • Administration

DHS has taken full advantage of ESG’s flexibility to fund a wide range of services which address critical gaps in the housing needs throughout the Continuum of Care (CoC).  The City funds an array of projects designed to strengthen this continuum.

The City distributes its ESG funds through a competitive bid process. Every two years, a competitive Request for Proposals (RFP) under the ESG program is issued by DHS, soliciting proposals from organizations.  DHS subjects all proposals received in response to the RFP to a rigorous review and selection process. Proposals selected for funding are executed as one year contracts with the option of single renewal at the end of the contract term.

Home Investment Partnership Program (HOME)

The HOME program, established under Title II (Home Investment Partnerships Act) of the National Affordable Housing Act, represents a historic affirmation of the Federal government’s commitment to providing decent, safe, and affordable housing for all Americans and to alleviating the problems of severe rent burdens, homelessness, and deteriorating housing nationwide.

The Department of Planning and Community Development’s Division of Grants Monitoring and Administration is responsible for approximately $4M in annual HOME Entitlement.  The federal government establishes annual funding levels through congressional actions.  HUD in turn awards entitlement communities through a pre-established formula based on the approved congressional budget/continuing resolution.  Annual funding levels vary from year to year.  Over the past several years, the HOME program has seen significant funding reductions.

Every five years, the City of San Antonio is required to establish a Five Year Consolidated Plan on how to effectively utilize future federal community development funding.  Subsequently, the City also creates an Annual Action Plan based on the meeting the goals of the Five Year Consolidated Plan and the City’s Strategic Plan for Community Development.

HOME Eligible Activities may include:

  • Acquire property.
  • Construct new housing for rent or homeownership.
  • Rehabilitate rental or owner-occupied housing.
  • Improve sites for HOME-assisted development or demolish dilapidated housing on such sites.
  • Pay relocation costs for households displaced by HOME activities.
  • Provide financing assistance to low-income homeowners and new homebuyers for home purchase or rehabilitation.
  • Provide tenant-based rental assistance or help with security deposits to low-income renters.
  • Meet HOME program planning and administration expenses.

HOME funds may not be used to support:

  • Public and assisted housing operation, modernization, and preservation activities for which HUD already provides other dedicated funding.
  • The ongoing operation of rental housing through, for example, operating subsidies or reserve accounts.
  • Matching funds for other Federal programs.

Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA)

The Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) Program is the only Federal program dedicated to the housing needs of people living with HIV/AIDS. Under the HOPWA Program, HUD makes grants to local communities, States, and nonprofit organizations for projects that benefit low-income persons living with HIV/AIDS and their families.

The City of San Antonio’s Department of Human Services (DHS) administers the HOPWA Program and coordinates activities.  In FY 2014 the City received $1,138,748 based on congressional funding levels and HUD’s formula allocation.

HOPWA funds may be used for a wide range of housing, social services, program planning, and development costs. These include, but are not limited to, the acquisition; rehabilitation; or new construction of housing units; costs for facility operations; rental assistance; and short-term payments to prevent homelessness. An essential component in providing housing assistance for this targeted special needs population is the coordination and delivery of support services. Consequently, HOPWA funds also may be used for services including (but not limited to) assessment and case management, substance abuse treatment, mental health treatment, nutritional services, job training and placement assistance, and assistance with daily living.

The City distributes its HOPWA funds through a competitive bid process. Every two years, a competitive Request for Proposals (RFP) under the ESG program is issued by DHS, soliciting proposals from organizations.  DHS subjects all proposals received in response to the RFP to a rigorous review and selection process. Proposals selected for funding are executed as one year contracts with the option of single renewal at the end of the contract term.

Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP)

The Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP1) was authorized under the Housing and Economic Recovery Act (HERA) of 2008, for the redevelopment of abandoned and foreclosed residential properties.  The goal of NSP is to make our community’s neighborhoods more stable, sustainable, and competitive by integrating previously foreclosed single-family homes back into the community. 

The City has elected to utilize NSP 1 funds in the amount of $8,635,899 in targeted areas of the City.

Please view the NSP Target Area Map

The City is required to post all Quarterly Performance Report for public review.  See the latest report for current NSP activities.

Performance Reports