Community Development

Community Development staff administer the Town's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME grants. Overall, the Brookline receives approximately $1.6 million a year in funds from the federal government to fund and oversee community development initiatives in the lower income areas of Brookline.

What the Grant Funds
The Community Development Block Grant funds:
  • Programs for children from low- and moderate-income families
  • Nonprofits and social service agencies that benefit youths and the elderly
  • Affordable housing rehabilitation, including the Brookline Housing Authority
  • Public facilities improvements, primarily in the lower Brookline Village / Route 9 corridor
Town of Brookline FY 2016-2020 Consolidated Plan 
Every five years, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires the Town of Brookline to create a Consolidated Plan to receive annual federal funding through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. These funds are allocated to primarily address housing and community development needs of low- to moderate-income residents in the town.

Process to Complete Con Plan
Needs Assessment
During the months of October 2014 through the beginning of February 2015, the town engaged in a variety of methods to assess the needs of the community in regards to the mission of the Community Development Block Grant program. The town engaged in community outreach, town staff knowledge and needs, research from 2010 Census, 2013 American Community Survey data and a variety of other sources, town planning documents and an online survey.

The Town held two public meetings to address Housing and Non-Housing Needs. Links to the presentations are below:

Housing Needs Assessment

Non-Housing Needs Assessment

Identified Needs 
After completing the needs assessment process, the town has identified the following needs:

1.) Increase and maintain affordable housing opportunities in the town
2.) Increase and maintain a variety of services for low to moderate income residents of all ages; children, youth, teenagers, and elderly
3.) Increase and Maintain Public Facilities and Infrastructure that is located within the low to moderate income areas in the town. 
4.) Increase and Maintain economic development opportunities facing low to moderate income business owners

You can see the completed Consolidated plan here:
Con Plan 2016-2020

FY 2017 Annual Action Plan
The upcoming FY 2017 is year two of the Town's five year Consolidated Plan and Strategy.  A draft copy of the CDBG FY 17 Annual Action Plan can be found here.  Comments on the draft can be submitted Community Development staff here.
For Grantees

Below are files helpful and necessary to fulfill your responsibilities as a CDBG grant subrecipient.