Community Development

The Community Development division, of the planning & community development department, administers the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grant programs, such as the Community Development Block Grant, Emergency Shelter Grant, and the HOME Program. The division provides community enhancements through emergency home repairs and home ownership opportunities for low income persons to the provision of social services, major infrastructure projects and economic development initiatives. The primary mission is to address the housing, economic, and social needs of low to moderate income households, the homeless, and others with special needs.

Services of the Division

The Community Development Division provides many community enhancements, from emergency home repairs and home ownership opportunities for low income persons, to the provision of social services, major infrastructure projects, and economic development initiatives. The division's primary mission is to address the housing, economic, and social needs of low to moderate income households, the homeless, and others with special needs. Some of these services include:

  • The Emergency Assistance Program  provides assistance to correct spontaneous and life threatening situations in the home.
  • The Low Interest Loan Program provides assistance to promote centralized neighborhood revitalization.
  • Federal Funds Administration administers and regulates compliance of Community Development Block Grant funds.
  • St. Joseph Continuum of Care provides resources for homelessness programs and housing serving St. Joseph, Buchanan, Andrew and DeKalb counties.

If you or someone that you know is an owner/occupant of a home located within St. Joseph city limits and you would like to have your house considered for our program, please call 816-271-4609.