Housing & Community Development


About the Division

The Housing and Community Development Division enhances the Salinas community by assisting low and moderate income families, reducing slum and blight, and responding to emergencies through the administration of grants allocated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, California Department of Housing & Community Development, and other housing resources. Each year, the Division effectively manages three HUD grants: Community Development Block grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME), and Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG). In addition, the Division actively fosters housing development by creating incentives (density bonus) and regulations (inclusionary housing), preserving existing affordable housing, and funding the development of new affordable housing units. In addition, the Division also provides services and assistance for the unsheltered households in our community. 

HUD Plans and Reports

In order to qualify for federal grants funding, the City must comply with an array of statutory and regulatory requirements and generate a key series of documents and reports including the Five-Year Consolidated Plan, the Annual Action Plan ("AAP"), the Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report ("CAPER"), the Citizen Participation Plan, the Analysis of Impediments ("AI") to Fair Housing Choice, and the Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Area (NRSA). For a brief description of the plans and reports as well as current documents, please click on the below section:

Consolidated Plan

The Consolidated Plan (CON Plan) is a five year strategic plan that identifies the City's goals for federal funding programs provided through HUD, including the CDBG, HOME, and ESG. The CON Plan provides a framework for identifying priorities and programs to address affordable housing, community development needs, homelessness and public services for extremely low- up to moderate-income families, persons with disabilities, seniors, and youth.

Understanding the needs of a community is critical to planning the use of federal grant funds. As part of the 2020-24 Consolidated Planning process, staff engaged the community using various methods to gather information about housing, community spaces and infrastructure, and public service needs in Salinas. The CON Plan is carried out through Annual Action Plan, which provide a concise summary of the actions, activities, and the specific federal and non-federal resources that will be used each year to address the priority needs and specific goals identified by the CON Plan.

CON Plan FY2020-24(PDF, 29MB)

Annual Action Plan

The Annual Action Plan (AAP) provides a concise summary of the actions, activities, and the specific federal and non-federal resources that will be used each year to address the priority needs and specific goals identified by the Consolidated Plan (CON Plan). The purpose of the AAP is to review and update those assessments presented in the CON Plan; to inventory resources that will be available during a given program year (fiscal year); and to identify the specific actions that will be taken in that program year to meet the city’s Housing and Community Development needs, and to implement the strategies set forth in the CON Plan. The AAP is submitted to HUD annually, prior to May 15th each year.


Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report

As a federal Entitlement City, Salinas receives funds from the HUD, and is required to report and monitor spending through the Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER). The City is required to submit an Annual Performance Report to HUD within 90 days of the close of a grantee’s program year (fiscal year), in accordance with the CON Plan regulations.

Annual Performance reports are used to meet three basic purposes:

  1. Provide HUD with necessary information to assess each grantee’s ability to carry out its programs in compliance with applicable regulations and requirements; 
  2. Provide information necessary for HUD to report to Congress; and
  3. Provide grantees with an opportunity to describe its program achievements with their citizens. 

Substantial Amendments

From time-to-time, it may be necessary for the City to process a “Substantial Amendment” to the Five Year Consolidated Plan or the Annual Action Plans to allow for new CDBG, HOME, or ESG funded activities; modification of existing activities; or other CPD program administrative actions.

An Amendment is defined as:

  • For larger projects, over $200,000, an increase of 25 percent or more in project funding. Changes that are less than $50,000 are not considered substantial.
  • An increase of 25 percent or more in project beneficiaries (i.e. income groups, limited clientele groups, residents of a targeted area) or a change in purpose, scope or location which would change the project beneficiaries by more than 25 percent or,
  • A determination by the Community Development Director, that the change is substantial even though it falls below the standards in Section 1 and 2 above.
  • For ESG components, as long as the maximum 60% threshold for Street Outreach and Emergency Shelter is not exceeded, funding can be moved within the other components to meet expenditure requirements without a substantial amendment.

The City, in consultation with the Housing and Land Use Committee will select alternate housing projects during each funding cycle which can be implemented if an approved project does not achieve milestones set at the time of funding, the project is discontinued or postponed, or for whatever other reason an approved project is unable to perform in a timely manner.

Substantial Amendments to the Fiscal Years 2017-18, 2018-19, 2019-20, 2020-21, and 2022-23 Annual Action Plans Summary

City-of-Salinas-FY-22-23-AAP-Substantial-Amendment-Summary-11.04.23.pdf(PDF, 222KB)

Updated: November 3, 2023

Citizen Participation Plan

The Citizen Participation Plan (CPP) sets forth policies and procedures to provide for and encourage participation by the residents of the City in the development of the City’s Consolidated Plan (Con Plan), Annual Action Plan (AAP), Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER), Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Area (NRSA), Section 108 and Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (AI).

On May 26, 2020, the City Council approved amendments to the CPP to incorporate flexibility to hold meetings virtually, use streamlined notice periods in cases of emergency, and update the CPP per current federal regulations.

CCP FY 23-24(PDF, 357KB)