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Community Assessment

This is a public assessment to collect recommendations to develop activities and priorities for the use of Community Planning and Development Grant funds by the City of Tuscaloosa. These grants include the Community Development Block Grant, HOME Investment Partnerships Program, Homeless Management Information Systems as well as Community Development Block Grant- CV.


Citizen Participation Plan

The Citizen Participation Plan outlines the steps the City of Tuscaloosa must take to ensure adequate public involvement in the creation of its Consolidated Plan, Annual Action Plans,  Assessment of Fair Housing, and Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER). These plans and assessments guide and evaluate the work of the City of Tuscaloosa’s Community Planning and Development Programs which includes, but are not limited to,  the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME), Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) and Homeless Management Information Systems Grant (HMIS).  


Community Development Block Grants

Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) program is federally funded and was enacted into law in 1974. CDBG provides cities, referred to as “entitlement communities,” annual direct grants that are used to revitalize neighborhoods, expand affordable housing and economic opportunities, and improve community facilities and services, principally to benefit low and moderate income persons.

HOME Program

The Home Investment Partnerships (HOME) Program was created by the Title II Cranston-Gonzalez National Affordable Housing Act of 1990 (NAHA). HOME is the largest Federal block grant to State and local governments designed exclusively to create affordable housing for low-income households. HOME provides formula grants to States and localities that communities use often in partnership with local nonprofit groups to fund a wide range of activities that build, buy, and/or rehabilitate affordable housing for rent or homeownership or provide direct rental assistance to low-income persons.

Homeless Management Information System

The Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) is an electronic database used to hold information on characteristics and needs of homeless individuals and families. Utilization of the system gives a snapshot of Tuscaloosa's homeless population, information about services currently used and the potential for additional services that may still be needed.

LaParry Howell

Director of Federal Programs

Mailing Address

P.O. Box 2089
Tuscaloosa, AL 35403-2089

Physical Address

2201 University Blvd.
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401

Monday - Friday
7 a.m. - 5 p.m.