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Community Development Block Grant

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The Neighborhood Services Department administers the City’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program, which is federally funded by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The program is flexible and provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs that chiefly benefit low to moderate income residents. Beginning in 1974, the CDBG program is one of the longest continuously run programs at HUD. The CDBG program provides annual grants on a formula basis to 1209 general units of local government and States.

The CDBG program provided the City $1,045,863 for the 2016/2017 fiscal year, $1,011,694 for the 2017/2018 fiscal year, and $1,168,625 for the 2018/2019 fiscal year. The City is set to receive $1,118,415 for the 2019/2020 fiscal year. We allocate twenty percent (20%) of the funding to the administration of the program, and the rest is assigned to projects that meet HUD’s eligibility requirements. Information on current plans and projects, as well as additional resources to learn more about the program, may be found in the documents below.

Section 3 Opportunities

The City is subject to compliance with Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968 on contracts funded with CDBG funding. If you receive government assistance for housing and/or you are a low or very-low income resident of Port St. Lucie, you may be eligible to receive employment opportunities thru a CDBG funded project as part of Section 3 compliance requirements. If you are a Section 3 Business Concern, you may receive preference on CDBG contracts with the City of Port St. Lucie. You must submit a Section 3 certification with your application for Section 3 covered contracts. To register for Section 3 opportunities, read the additional information below.

Section 3 Employment and Contracting Opportunities

The City of Port St. Lucie receives a substantial amount of funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) each year for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. That funding is being used to assist with infrastructure and residential repair/rehab projects throughout the City. HUD funding is regulated by the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968 and is, therefore, subject to Section 3 of that Act.

Section 3 covered projects involve the construction or rehabilitation of housing or other public construction, such as street repair, drainage work, etc. The regulation requires the City of Port St. Lucie to ensure that economic and business opportunities generated by HUD financial assistance, to the greatest extent possible, be used to support low and very-low income persons and business concerns that provide economic opportunities to low and very-low income persons.

When new Jobs or contracting opportunities are generated because of HUD financial assistance, the City is required to give preference to certified Section 3 business concerns whenever possible. When a contractor is hired for a job that amounts to $100,000 or more, then that contractor is also responsible for ensuring that new hires and/or subcontractors are chosen based on that same preference. That does not mean that contractors have to create jobs or hire employees for the sake of Section 3 compliance; and Section 3 business concerns must meet the qualifications for those new contracting opportunities.

Download a copy of HUD’s Section 3 Frequently Asked Questions for more information on Section 3 compliance.

As part of the City’s effort to promote employment and contracting to Section 3 businesses, we are providing the opportunity for contractors to become certified with the City as a Section 3 Business Concern.  All applicants seeking this recognition must complete and submit the Section 3 Business Concern Application form to:

Neighborhood Services Department
City of Port St. Lucie
121 SW Port St. Lucie Blvd.
Port St. Lucie, FL  34984

Fair Housing

City Council adopted a Fair Housing Ordinance on October 10, 2005 that augments state and federal legislation and provides the citizens of Port St. Lucie with a procedure for processing complaints of housing discrimination at the local legal.

The City of Port St. Lucie supports and promotes citizens' rights to fair housing. You can download a copy of the Fair Housing Notice.