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Neighborhood Opportunity Fund

Since 1976, City Council has provided grants for public service programs proposed by nonprofit and neighborhood service organizations through the Neighborhood Opportunity Fund (NOF) program. This program, which is a part of the City's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, provides funds for public services to improve the quality of life of low-income residents in the City of Detroit.


Public Service Homelessness

One of the ways the City of Detroit seeks to use its Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds is to address the urgent needs of residents who are homeless or at imminent risk of homelessness. As CDBG operates as a matching source for our Emergency Solutions Grant, the funds must be used for the following activities: street outreach, operations and services within emergency shelters, rapid rehousing, and homelessness prevention activities. In order to ensure the best possible services, these funds are to be used, in combination with other federal, state and local funds, as part of a community-wide response to homelessness.

Under the HEARTH Act, homeless service organizations work closely with other community programs that, taken together, provide an array of housing opportunities intended to prevent and end homelessness for each household in need. HUD, along with the City of Detroit and its community partners, expects that this system of service makes steady progress toward reducing homelessness, including decreasing the number of people entering the system, shortening the duration of homelessness, and limiting recurrent episodes of homelessness.


Public Facility Rehabilitation

The CDBG program also allows costs for the rehabilitation of public facilities. Eligible grantees may use funds for construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, and/or installation. The program aims to alleviate social concerns of low and moderate-income persons. National objectives for the program include, but are not limited to, payment for urgent needs, blight removal, and urban renewal completion initiatives.


Emergency Solutions Grant

The City of Detroit seeks to use its federal Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) funds to address the urgent needs of residents who are homeless or at imminent risk of homelessness. Proposals for the City-administered ESG program are now being accepted.

Regulations specify that these funds be used, in combination with other federal, state and local funds, as part of a community-wide system of homelessness services. Emergency Solutions Grants funds focus on street outreach, operations and services within emergency shelters, rapid rehousing and homelessness prevention activities.

Under the HEARTH Act, ESG-funded organizations work closely with other community programs that, taken together, provide an array of housing opportunities intended to prevent and end homelessness for each household in need. HUD, along with the City of Detroit and its community partners, expects that this system of service makes steady progress toward reducing homelessness, including lowering the number of people entering the system, shortening the duration of homelessness, and limiting recurrent homelessness.

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