The community development staff is responsible for overseeing state and federal grants intended to improve the quality of life for the City’s residents and businesses. Our Department administers the federal entitlement Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) and HOME Investment Partnership Grant (HOME) received by the City of Utica each year.
CDBG funds help to provide decent housing and a suitable living environment, as well as expand economic opportunities for low and moderate income individuals and families. The ESG Program assists homeless persons with basic shelter and essential supportive services. ESG also provides rapid re-housing for those who have recently become homeless. The HOME Program helps to expand the supply of decent, affordable housing for low and very low-income families. The Department works with various community partners, providing these critical funds to these agencies and organizations to support their efforts in these areas.