Cumberland County's Community Development Office seeks to provide decent affordable housing, economic opportunities, and suitable living environments for all residents of Cumberland County. The Community Development Office works toward achieving these goals through administration of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program and the HOME Investment Partnership Program.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program provides federal funding to locally-directed community development initiatives.
Communities can plan and implement critical community development, housing, and social service programs and projects. Nationally, approximately $2-4 billion has been distributed to cities, towns, and counties each year.
The Cumberland County HOME Consortium application is released each spring. These funds are for the construction of affordable housing development in Cumberland County. For more information contact Victoria Volent at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CDBG Funds in Cumberland County
Beginning in 2007 Cumberland County became a direct recipient of CDBG program funds, the first county in New England to participate directly in the CDBG program.
Currently 25 cities and towns in Cumberland County participate in the program. The City of South Portland and the Town of Bridgton receive a set-aside of program funds and maintain operational and administrative independence for their own community development program activities, while the remaining 23 cities and towns compete for grants for local projects and collaborate on region-wide activities.
Allocations of Funding in Cumberland County
The following is a list of CDBG allocations to the Cumberland County program over the program’s history:
- 2022 (Year 16): $1,548,355
- 2021 (Year 15): $1,589,102
- 2020 (Covid Funds): $1,897,094
- 2020 (Year 14): $1,564,196
- 2019 (Year 13): $1,523,331
- 2018 (Year 12): $1,555,237
- 2017 (Year 11): $1,390,296
- 2016 (Year 10): $1,388,065
- 2015 (Year 9): $1,416,401
- 2014 (Year 8): $1,456,936
- 2013 (Year 7): $1,534,022
- 2012 (Year 6): $1,439,335
- 2011 (Year 5): $1,543,926
- 2010 (Year 4): $1,849,093
- 2009 (Year 3): $1,476,223
- 2008 (Year 2): $1,458,560
- 2007 (Year 1): $1,462,123
Additional Development Resources
- City of Portland CDBG Program
- Greater Portland Council of Governments (GPCOG)
- Maine Office of Community Development
- MaineHousing - Maine State Housing Authority
- Opportunity Alliance
- Preble Street Resource Center
- South Portland Community Development Program
- U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development, Office of Community Planning & Development