Community Development

The goal of the Community Development Department is to improve the City of Anniston’s community by providing adequate housing, a suitable living environment, and expanding economic opportunities for citizens who are low- to moderate-income.

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) is the principal federal program providing grants to states, cities, and towns to devise neighborhood approaches that will improve the physical, economic, and social conditions in communities. CDBG is administered nationally by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

The City of Anniston's current CDBG budget is $680,331 to provide support in areas such as housing assistance, drainage and street improvements, slum and blight clearance, creation of jobs, and assistance to public service agencies.

To read more about 2014's CDBG click here.

NOTICE of bid opening on Thursday, August 14, 2014.


Community Development Department
City of Anniston, City Hall
1128 Gurnee Avenue
P.O. Box 2168
Anniston, AL  36202

Kimberly Richardson Consulting, LLC

Marquita McMurray


Phone: 256.231.7660
Fax: 256.231.7641

Office Hours:
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM CST



Frequently Asked Questions

Community Development Links

Public Hearings

Housing Rehab Program

CDBG Budget

Community and Housing Needs Assessment Survey

2012-2013 Action Plan

Action Plan (document)

Citizens Participation (document)

5 Year Consolidated Plan 2013 - 2017

Proposed Substantial Amendments Consolidated Plan

HOME Consortium - SOQ

HOME Consortium Affordable Home Program

HOME Affordable Home Program Application

CAPER Program Year 2011

Public Service Agency Application

Notice to Public Service Agencies

Notice of Bids



HUD awards grants to entitlement community grantees to carry out a wide range of community development activities directed toward revitalizing neighborhoods, economic development, and providing improved community facilities and services.

Entitlement communities develop their own programs and funding priorities. However, grantees must give maximum feasible priority to activities which benefit low- and moderate-income persons. A grantee may also carry out activities which aid in the prevention or elimination of slums or blight. Additionally, grantees may fund activities when the grantee certifies that the activities meet other community development needs having a particular urgency because existing conditions pose a serious and immediate threat to the health or welfare of the community where other financial resources are not available to meet such needs. CDBG funds may not be used for activities which do not meet these broad national objectives.

CDBG funds may be used for activities which include, but are not limited to:

  • acquisition of real property;
  • relocation and demolition;
  • rehabilitation of residential and non-residential structures;
  • construction of public facilities and improvements, such as water and sewer facilities, streets, neighborhood centers, and the conversion of school buildings for eligible purposes;
  • public services, within certain limits;
  • activities relating to energy conservation and renewable energy resources; and
provision of assistance to profit-motivated businesses to carry out economic development and job creation/retention activities.

Frequently Asked Questions

    Q.  What is the program about?

Due to the amount of available funds and the number of applicants, every eligible household may not be funded during the first selection of grant awards.

To date, over 200 Anniston citizens have requested applications for the "City of Anniston Emergency Housing Rehabilitation Program," which shows that a large number of homes are in need of repair.  Every household that applies for this program cannot and will not be funded, but various options are being evaluated to help determine the best way to serve as many homeowners as possible.

Once your application has been processed, you will receive a letter stating whether or not your household is eligible for the program.

If you are eligible for the program, you will receive a letter stating what you can expect during the next phase of the process.  Being eligible means that, according to the information you provided, your household meets the maximum requirements needed to be considered for a grant award.  Being eligible does not mean that you have been awarded a grant.

If you have not received a letter stating whether or not you  are eligible, this means that your application in in line to be processed.  Please remember that over 200 applications have been requested, which are being processed in the order that they are received.  Also, remember that it will take longer to receive a response on applications that have been submitted without all of the necessary documents.

    Q.  "If it is determined that I am eligible for the program, what happens next?"

An inspector will schedule a time to inspect your home.  Each individual home must be inspected so that the condition of the home and any housing code violation, such as a serious damaged roof or dangerous electrical wiring, can be documented.  Only homes containing housing code violations will be assisted by this program.

    Q.  "If I am awarded a grant, how much assistance could I receive to help repair my home?"

The amount and type of assistance you may receive will depend on the condition of your home, as documented by the inspector's report.

Necessary repairs and awards must not exceed $4,000 maximum.  Assistance is available in the form of repair services.  There will absolutely no cash awards reimbursements to the homeowner for any reason.

Program requirements are established by the U.S. Depeartment of Housing and Ruban Development (HUD).  Applicants must meet all of the following requirements to be considered for grant funding:

1) Location: The home must be located within the Anniston (AL) City Limits.

2) Homeownership: The applicant must own their home and provide proof by submitting a copy of the homeowner "Warranty Deed."  If another type of deed is provided as a "Quit Claim Deed," additional information will be required.  Rent-to-own agreements do not qualify as homeownership.

3) Principle Residence: The applicant, who is also the homeowner, must live in the home listed on the application.

4) Income: Everyone living in the household must documentation of all income. This includes a copy of paycheck stubs, letters noting the amount of social security, SSI benefits a household receives, child support, income tax information, etc.

Community Development Links

United States Department of Housing and Urban Development

Public Hearings

HOME Program Five-Year Consolidated Plan

CDBG Program Five-Year Consolidated Plan

Housing Rehab


Click here for application process