Community Development Block Grant

During the next fiscal year, the City anticipates receiving an estimated $294,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds. DeSoto residents are asked to complete a short survey in order to ensure that the City's investment of federal funding is guided by community input. The results of this survey will help inform decisions about the City’s investment of CDBG dollars.

To complete the City of DeSoto FY 2024 CDBG Annual Action Plan Survey, click on the following link:

For additional information, please contact Esther Williams at (972) 230-9690 or

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  • Transportation Assistance Program 2023-2024 (Application window still open as of 1/9/2024))
  • Home Repair Program 2023-2024 (Application window CLOSED until further notice as of 1/9/2024)
  • Senior Center Project 2023-2024 (Anticipated start of Spring 2024)
  • Sidewalk Repair Project 2023-2024 (Anticipated start of Spring 2024)
  • Utilities/Rent Assistance Program 2023-2024 (CLOSED until further notice as of 1/9/2024)


  • Link to Final Draft 2022 CAPER
  • Transportation Assistance Program 2022-2023
  • Home Repair Program 2022-2023 (Updated as of 8/2022)
  • Senior Center Project 2022-2023 (Not Started)
  • Sidewalk Repair Project 2022-2023 (Not Started)
  • Utilities/Rent Assistance Program 2022-2023 (CLOSED as of 9/1/2023)


  • Transportation Assistance Program
  • Emergency Repair Program (Updated to HOME REPAIR PROGRAM as of 8/2022)
  • Down Payment Assistance Program (NO LONGER RUNNING as of 9/2022)
In 1974 the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) created the Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) to enhance the quality of life and living conditions for low- to moderate-income households and neighborhoods. Use of this annual grant is approved by the City Council, and all CDBG projects are ultimately subject to HUD approval.

The following are parameters for the CDBG Program:

  • Grant funding may provide for ADA accessibility in a City facility
  • Funds may eliminate a community-threatening condition, which occurred in the past 12 months, and for which funding is not otherwise available
  • Grant funding may be used for infrastructure enhancements (street repairs, alley replacements, water line replacements, etc.)
  • CDBG funds must primarily benefit areas of the City with concentrations of at least 51% low- to moderate-income households (residential areas)
  • These funds can be used for some public services (for low- to moderate-income residents only)
  • These funds cannot be used for routine maintenance or operations of any City facility
Fiscal year 2008-2009 was the first year City of DeSoto began participating in the CDBG Program.  At that time, funds were distributed by Dallas County. They were utilized for infrastructure and Code Enforcement projects within low- to moderate-income neighborhoods, as determined by the U. S. Census.

In fiscal year 2015-2016, the City of DeSoto began operating as an Entitlement City, which changed the application process for and administering CDBG grant funding.