Community Development Block Grant Program
The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is a flexible program that provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs. Since 1974, the CDBG program has been one of the longest continuously run programs at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The CDBG program provides annual grants on a formula basis to State and local government.
The Town of Jupiter has participated in the CDBG Program since 2012. In recent years, CDBG funds were used to renovate Officer Bruce St. Laurent Park in Pine Gardens South, athletic scholarships through the JTAA, and for upgrades to the water distribution systems in the Charter neighborhoods.
Typically, the Town will receive approximately $300,000 in Community Development Block Grant funds. Public meetings are held every year in either January or February to obtain resident input on community development needs, current CDBG projects, and potential CDBG projects and programs. Some of the public meetings have also provided training on the Fair Housing Act, including where to file complaints and a discussion of protected classes and prohibitive Fair Housing practices.
You can also contact Neighborhood Services and give us your input on the CDBG Program. Please email Satu Oksanen, Neighborhood Services Manager, or call at 561-741-2524.
CDBG-COVID19 Special Grant
Neighborhood Services- Community Development Block Grant- Coronavirus Funds (CDBG-CV)
Through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), the Town has received funding from the Department of Housing and Community Development (HUD) to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This CARES Act funding is in addition to the CDBG funding that the Town receives annually.
On April 2, 2020, the Town received $178,908 in the first round of funding (CDBG-CV1). These funds were made available to local nonprofits in their immediate and urgent Covid-19 related efforts in the Town, as outlined in the table below.
Merciful Heavens, Inc. food assistance program
MyClinic, Inc. clinic expansion
The Pearl Mae Foundation, Inc. senior food assistance program
The Martinez Group, Town’s CDBG consultants
*The balance of the requests ($132,281) was going to be funded from any unused regular CDBG funding. However, when the Town was notified of CDBG-CV3, the funds were allocated from that source.
The Town was not awarded funding in the second round (CDBG-CV2), but in September 2020, the Town was notified of an allocation of $340,665 from the third round of funding (CDBG-CV3). A Taskforce was formed to make funding recommendations for these CDBG-CV3 funds. This brings the Town’s cumulative amount to-date for the two allocation rounds to $519,573.
Availability of the CDBG-CV3 funds was advertised in Palm Beach Post, as well as on the Town’s website. Staff worked closely with HUD Miami staff, the Town’s CDBG consultants, and local nonprofits to prioritize needs. Ultimately the CDBG-CV Taskforce, consisting of staff from several departments, has recommended the use of the additional CV3 funds in the following manner:
Recreation Department Enhanced Covid-19 precautions (installation of hand sanitizing stations, air purifiers, etc.)
MyClinic and Jupiter Medical Center post-acute services for Covid-19 impacted patients and clients
CV1 & CV3 Proposed
The Martinez Group, Town’s CDBG consultants
Total CV funds received
*+$132,281 already allocated in first round.
These funds were authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), Public Law 116-136, which was signed by President Trump on March 27, 2020, to respond to the growing effects of this historic public health crisis.
The Town’s Recreation Department is planning to utilize the funding ($60,773) to enhance Covid-19 precautions in the Town’s parks and the Community Center by installing hand sanitation stations and air purifiers.
A proposal from MyClinic in partnership with Jupiter Medical Center for up to $80,386 includes post-acute services for Covid-19 impacted patients of JMC and clients of MyClinic, including medication coverage for the first month; oxygen rental for 1-2 months, depending on diagnosis; walkers and nebulizers; home health visits; transportation; and basic living expenses during recovery. The total monthly project cost will be between $6,400 and $12,400 depending on the number of patients and their needs.
The ongoing work of the Town’s consultants consist of amending the existing CDBG Action Plan to include the new funds, regular meetings with the 3 nonprofits to ensure timely expenditure of the funds, environmental reviews of the projects, advertisements for the funding opportunities, capacity building with Jupiter nonprofits, monitoring of grant compliance (including Davis Bacon and Section 3), and designing of all of the Town’s applications and documents for the programs.