City's HUD Entitlement Funds Applications Being Accepted

January 23, 2017
CDBG, ESG and HOPWA grants included

Louisville Metro Government is now accepting applications from local non-profits for programs or activities funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for FY18  (July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018) . HUD-funded grants include the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA).  These grants are administered locally by Louisville Metro Community Services, and guided by a 5-year strategic Consolidated Plan as well as the annual Action Plan. Community Services’ FY18 – FY20 Goals are:

  • End chronic homelessness;
  • End homelessness for families and youth;
  • Serve homeless and low-income persons with HIV/AIDS

“Partnering with local non-profit organizations through these federally-funded grants allow Louisville Metro Community Services to cast a larger net of services”, stated Eric Friedlander, director of Community Services.  “The housing, shelter and other supportive services provided by grant recipients are critical to Louisville’s most vulnerable residents.”

CDBG Public Service funds per the annual Action Plan may be used for activities which include, but are not limited to:

  • Employment Services (e.g. job training)
  • Child care
  • Health services
  • Substance abuse services (e.g. counseling and treatment)
  • Fair housing counseling
  • Education programs
  • Services for homeless persons

The ESG funds per the annual Action Plan may be used for activities which include, but are not limited to:

  • Engaging homeless individuals and families living on the street;
  • Improving the number and quality of emergency shelters for homeless individuals and families;
  • Helping operate these shelters;
  • Providing essential services to shelter residents;
  • Rapidly re-house homeless individuals and families; and
  • Preventing families and individuals from becoming homeless.

HOPWA funds per the annual Action Plan may be used for activities which include, but are not limited to: 

  • Costs for facility operations;
  • Rental assistance; and
  • Short-term payments to prevent homelessness.

CDBG, ESG, and HOPWA sub-recipients will go through a competitive funding process(es).  Any groups representing persons of low and moderate incomes may request technical assistance from Louisville Metro to help in their preparation of an application for funding.  The method with which to request technical assistance shall be included as part of the request for funding applications.  The funding decision-making process will also be outlined in the request for funding applications.  Once sub-recipients and projects have been approved, Louisville Metro Government will review the list to determine if a technical correction of the information is needed or a substantial amendment is required.

The deadline to submit an application is Friday, February 17, 2017 by 5 p.m.  To gain access to the application, visit

Applications will be reviewed by an initial internal panel and recommendations will be presented to a larger panel composed of Louisville Metro Council members and outside agencies for approval.  Recommendations will be made for inclusion in the FY18 Louisville Metro budget. 

Please submit all questions to Andrew Bates, Policy and Advocacy Planning, with Community Services, at 502/574-8019 or