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)
On March 27, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Through this Act, CDBG-CV funding for grants to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus was made available. The Town of Jupiter received $178,908 of the CDBG-CV, in addition to our 2019-2020 CDBG allocation of $303,937. The Town notified local non-profit organizations of the availability of these funds for their COVID-19 related efforts via a notice in the Palm Beach Post and an application published on the Town’s website and emailed to interested parties.
The Town received three (3) CDBG-CV applications from the following local agencies:
- Merciful Heavens. Inc.
- $25,000 to provide nutrition for food insecure Jupiter families through the agency’s (4) core programs: Thanksgiving food giveaway; Town of Jupiter Code Program, which provides a "filled fridge and stocked pantry" for a TOJ Code Enforcement referred family; "Secret Santa" program, which pays the utility bills for (3) months for families referred by TOJ Neighborhood Services; and Summer Camp program, which provides meal boxes for families of campers at El Sol and the Edna Runner Tutorial Center.
- MyClinic, Inc.
- $153,000 to expand existing healthcare facility to accommodate COVID-19 precautions and future program growth for vulnerable populations.
- The Pearl Mae Foundation, Inc.
- $96,500 for Pearl’s Pantry- delivering food and supplies to maintain social distancing for quarantined individuals, specifically seniors.
The CDBG-CV committee, that consisted of staff from Finance, Neighborhood Services, Planning & Zoning, Recreation and Utilities departments, reviewed the applications and were unanimously in support of funding them all in full to assist needy low/moderate income Jupiter residents:
Merciful Heavens, Inc.
The Pearl Mae Foundation, Inc.
Staff is in a process of amending our 2019-2020 CDBG Action Plan to add these activities. The balance will come from unused CDBG funds.