Community Services is responsible for the daily administration of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. The CDBG program provides approximately $750,000 in funding each year to the city.
Prior to 2004, the City Council allocated most of the funding for the payment of water/sewer assessments for low-income homeowners. In 2004, City Council members began allocating funding to road, drainage and sidewalk projects such as the following:
A project to widen and improve Lennard Road was completed within a low income census tract in the Community Redevelopment Area (CRA) of Port St. Lucie.
Sidewalk improvements were completed along Tiffany Ave. This project was also located in the CRA.
Drainage improvements were made on Darwin Blvd. This project was located in a low income census tract and was needed to mitigate flooding near a school and gymnasium that are used for a shelter and disaster distribution center.
Funding was utilized for the Ravenswood Canal project, which included reshaping of 6300 linear feet of waterway in a low income neighborhood, from the intersection of Ravenswood Lane and Lucero Drive to the West. The project widened the canal in order to prevent flooding and erosion.
Funding for 2007–2008 was originally allocated to demolish and rebuild the Ravenswood Community Center located in a low-income area of the city. That project was delayed, and the funds were used for another sidewalk project along Tiffany Ave. and additional funding for the Ravenswood Canal project, both in low-income areas. The remainder of the funding was combined with 08/09 funding to replace an aging lift station in a low-income neighborhood.
Funding for 2008–2009 was used for the lift station and a drainage improvement project (East/West Dunbrooke) in a low-income neighborhood.
Beginning in 2009, the City Council began allocating a portion of the CDBG funding to Repair/Rehabilitation of low income housing since the SHIP program, which provided money for the program for many years, was not funded.
A large portion of the funding for 2009–2010 is being used for Repair/Rehabilitation. A waiting list of households in need of home repairs was already established.
Funding for 2010-2011 has been allocated to reconstruction of a sidewalk and city facilities to comply with ADA standards and to replace a security system at Minsky Gym in a low income area. It will also be used for additional low income households who need Repair/Rehabilitation, since the city is still not receiving funding from the SHIP program.