Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
CDBG Projects and Services
The City of Azusa has participated in the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program under the umbrella of Los Angeles County Community Development Commission (CDC) since 1974. The primary objective of the CDBG program is the development of viable urban communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment, and expanding economic opportunities, principally for persons of low- and-moderate income. In order to be eligible for CDBG funding, a project must address at least one of the following national objectives:
- The activity must benefit low and moderate income Azusa residents; or
- The activity must aid in the prevention or elimination of slums or urban blight; or
- The activity must meet a certified urgent need posing a threat to health and welfare.
All CDBG-funded projects are approved by the Azusa City Council.
Non-Public Service Projects
Street ADA/Safety Improvements: (8) wheelchair ramps and (2) access gates will be constructed by the City in the vicinity of Lee Place, Matchwood Place, and Rockvale Avenue in order to provide handicapped access and a safer environment to low income area residents, pedestrians, and students attending nearby Azusa High School.
Code Enforcement Program/CDBG: One full-time community improvement inspector is paid by the City to provide code enforcement activities concentrated in eligible low-to-moderate income areas of the City. The Community Improvement Division works to promote and maintain a safe and desirable environment. The Community Improvement Division can be contacted at (626) 812-5265 or (626) 812-5235 for information about complaints and inspections, rental inspections, and Real Property Records Reports.
Single Family Housing Rehabilitation Programs:
The Single Family Grant Program is designed to assist eligible low income owner occupants of single family homes (earning 80% of the County median income or less.) The grants are available to correct code and safety violations, do eligible minor home repairs including roofing, exterior paint/stucco, electrical and plumbing repairs, handicapped accessibility improvements, and driveways. Repairs are limited to a maximum amount of $9,000. Grants are allocated on a first come, first served basis. For more information or eligibility, Azusa City residents may contact Vivian Moss at (626) 812-5298.
The Single Family HOME Loan Program offers 3% deferred and amortized loans minimum of $25,000 or more to low income families for substantial housing rehabilitation projects. The loans are federally funded and must be approved by the Los Angeles County Housing Authority. For more information or eligibility, Azusa City residents may contact Vivian Moss at (626) 812-5298. Funds are very limited for this program. For additional information, contact the County Housing Authority.
Public Service Projects
After School Playground Program: CDBG funding provides after school recreational and tutoring activities at 6 school sites-Murray, Powell, Dalton, Mountain View, Lee, and Gladstone Street Schools-to elementary-aged youths in conjunction with the Recreation and Family Services Department and School District. The program serves approximately 1,080 children ages 5-14 through a diversified, yet structured program of school year activities including coaching, mentoring, and tutoring. For more information, view the City’s Recreation Department website or call (626) 812-5455.
Homework House: This program, offered by the Azusa-based non-profit Neighborhood Homework House, provides tutoring, Summer Splash, and academic enrichment programs to children from Kindergarten through 12th Grade. A trained tutoring staff provides individualized instruction, and teacher evaluations and assessment tests measure successes. Homework House operates at 2 Azusa locations-the 9th St. Homework House at 561 E. 9th St., Apt 3; and the 6th St. Homework House at 667 Glenfinnan, Apt. D. For more information, you may view their website at http://www.neighborhoodhomeworkhouse.org/, or call (626) 969-7051.
Sr. Nutrition Site Manager: One part-time Senior Nutrition Site Manager is paid by the City to supervise the Congregate and Home Delivered Meals Programs at the Azusa Senior Center. This service provides lunches at the Senior Center, and Home Delivered Meals to Azusa residents who are 55 years or older. Special events providing proper nutrition information are also offered. For more information, please view Senior Center Services listed under the City’s Recreation Department website or call (626) 812-5204.
Senior Referral and Case Management: This program complements existing programs offered to seniors by the Azusa Senior Center. City-based referral and case management services are offered by social workers from the Santa Anita Family Service, a nonprofit organization, directly to Azusa seniors out of the Azusa Senior Center. Housing, nutrition, social security, disability and other concerns of the 55+ population of Azusa residents are addressed. For more information, please view senior center services (case management) listed under the City’s Recreation Department website, or call (626) 812-5204.