One million three hundred and sixty-five thousand five hundred and fifty-three dollars of our tax dollars will come to Fullerton in the fiscal year 2022-23. This tax money is distributed by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. Additional funds carried over from the previous year – $263,229 in reprogrammed funds and $200,000 in housing rehabilitation carryovers – bring the total to $1,828,782 in CDBG funds available for distribution.
The Fullerton Citizens Committee for Community Development (CDCC), which reports to the Department of Community and Economic Development (CEDD), evaluates applications from local agencies for up to 20% of CDBG funds. This fiscal year, that amount is $204,832 for public service activities. The members then recommend to the city council which of the candidates should be funded and at what level of funding. The CESD received $253,110 for housing administration.
This was done on March 22 at a public meeting of committee members in the halls of the city council. Only one citizen was present to offer a public comment.
The balance of funds as recommended by the committee will go to home improvements ($545,840) and public works projects ($805,000), if approved by city council.
The CDCC’s recommendations will be forwarded to City Council for consideration and vote at the May 3 regular council meeting.