Westchester County

Community Development

Community Development

CDBG ProjectTechnical assistance and federal grant funding for the implementation of neighborhood revitalization and community development projects and initiatives is available for municipalities and non-profit agencies through a variety of programs.

To better understand the make-up of Westchester's communities you can view the Census Municipal Profiles map or check out Westchester's vision for itself in 2025.

For more information on any of the programs below, contact Norma Drummond by phone at (914) 995-2427 or by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program
Design assistance and grant funding is available for the implementation of public facilities improvements in income-eligible areas and public service projects for income-eligible clients.

Eligible activities: housing rehabilitation, code enforcement, economic development loans, park rehabilitation, infrastructure improvements, neighborhood facilities expansion and rehabilitation, employment training, day care scholarships, senior services.

Eligible grant recipients: municipalities and non-profit agencies within the Westchester Urban County Consortium (see map).

Next application round:  Applications for the FY 2012-2014 round of CDBG funding were due on June 1, 2011.  Additional applications are not being accepted at this time.  The Program Manual and application materials will remain available on-line here so future applicants will have the ability to review the requirements and application format.  The materials are available per below links: 

Community Liaisons:  Here is a list of Planning Department staff who serve as Community Liaisons 

Public Hearing Meeting Notice -   The County of Westchester Planning Department held a public hearing on January 9, 2014 to hear comments on its submissions of the Fiscal Year 2014 Action Plan, 2nd Substantial Amendment to Fiscal Year 2013 Action Plan, 3rd Substantial Amendment to Fiscal Year 2012 Action Plan, and a request for a one-year extension of the its current FY 2009-2013 Consolidated Plan to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  A second public hearing will be held at 5:00 PM on February 13, 2014 to close the comments period. Go to Public Hearing Notice

FY 2014 Action Plan details the proposed projects that the Westchester Urban County Consortium will undertake covering program year May 1, 2014 through April 30, 2015 under FY 2014 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnership (HOME) and HEARTH-Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) grant funds.

Final Draft of the 2nd Substantial Amendment to Fiscal Year 2013 Action Plan – This amendment describes the re-allocation of FY 2013 CDBG funds to include previously recommended FY 2011 Action Plan proposed CDBG projects.

Final Draft of the 3rd Substantial Amendment to Fiscal Year 2012 Action Plan – This amendment describes re-allocation of FY 2012 CDBG funds to include previously recommended FY 2011 Action Plan proposed CDBG projects.

The FY 2013 Action Plan details the proposed projects that the Westchester Urban County Consortium will undertake covering program year May 1, 2013 through April 30, 2014 under FY 2013 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnership (HOME) and HEARTH-Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funds.

Notice of 15-day Comment Period  -   A final draft of the Westchester Urban Consortium’s Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) for program year 2013 will be available for a review and comment from July 17, 2014 to July 31, 2014.
                
The PY 2013 CAPER document describes the projects undertaken during Program Year 2011 (May 1, 2013 through April 30, 2014) with Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnership (HOME) and HEARTH-Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funds.

The FY 2012 Action Plan details the proposed projects that the Westchester Urban County Consortium will undertake covering program year May 1, 2012 through April 30, 2013 under FY 2012 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnership (HOME) and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funds.

A draft of the Westchester Urban County Consortium’s Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) for program year 2012 (May 1, 2012 to April 30, 2013) will be available for a 15-day comment period to obtain citizens, non-profit organizations and/or other interested parties comments on the annual performance report. The CAPER report evaluates the County’s progress in implementing its projects/activities conducted during the program year with Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnership (HOME), American Dream Downpayment Initiative (ADDI) and HEARTH-Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funds.  The PY 2012 CAPER report is available for review and comment from July 16, 2013 to July 30, 2013 at: Westchester County Department of Planning, Michaelian Office Building, 148 Martine Avenue, Room 414, White Plains, NY  10601, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Written comments must be mailed to Department of Planning, 148 Martine Avenue, Room 414, White Plains, NY 10601 Attention: Norma V. Drummond, Deputy Commissioner or fax your comments to (914) 995-9093 or e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than July 30, 2013.  For more information, call (914) 995-2427.

Final Draft of the Substantial Amendment to Fiscal Year 2012 Action Plan – This amendment describes the re-allocation of FY 2012 CDBG funds to be administered during the calendar year 2013.

The FY 2011 Action Plan details the proposed projects that the Westchester Urban County Consortium will undertake covering program year May 1, 2011 through April 30, 2012 under FY 2011 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnership (HOME) and Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) funds.

The PY 2011 CAPER document describes the projects undertaken during Program Year 2011 (May 1, 2011 through April 30, 2012) with Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnership (HOME) and Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) funds.

Final Draft Substantial Amendment to Fiscal Year 2011 Action Plan describes the proposed use of additional Emergency Solutions Grant Program allocation as established under the Homeless Emergency Assistance Rapid Transition to Housing Act of 2009 (HEARTH Act). Go to Amendment

Final Draft of the 2nd Substantial Amendment to Fiscal Year 2011 Action Plan – This amendment describes re-allocation of FY 2011 CDBG funds to be administered during the calendar year 2013.

The FY 2010 Action Plan details the proposed projects that the Westchester Urban County Consortium will undertake covering program year May 1, 2010 through April 30, 2011 under FY 2010 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnership (HOME), American Dream Downpayment Initiative (ADDI) and Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) funds.

The PY 2010 CAPER document describes the projects undertaken during Program Year 2010 (May 1, 2010 through April 30, 2011) with Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnership (HOME) and Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) funds.

Draft Substantial Amendment to FY 2009-2013 Consolidated Plan and Fiscal Years 2009 and 2010 Plans describes the proposed use of re-allocation of CDBG funds during Program Year 2011. Go to Amendment

The 2nd Substantial Amendment to FY 2010 Action Plan describes the proposed use of the re-allocation of unspent CDBG  funds to be used during the calendar year 2012. 

Consolidated Plan FY 2009-2013
The Consolidated Plan details the need for federal grant assistance in housing and community development within the Westchester Urban County Consortium (see map). It covers the fiscal years 2009 through 2013 with analysis of the Housing Market, Housing and Homeless Needs Assessment, Five Year Strategic Plan, Fiscal Year 2009 Action Plan, Citizen Participation Plan and Neighborhood Revitalization Strategies.

Executive Summary and Introduction Chapter 5 - Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Area Plans
Chapter 1 - Housing and Homeless Assessment Chapter 6 - Action Plan
Chapter 2 - Housing Market Analysis Chapter 7 - Citizen Participation Plan
Chapter 3 - Community Development Needs Assessment Chapter 8 - Citizen Comments
Chapter 4 - Strategic Plan Appendices

Substantial Amendment to the FY 2009-2013 Westchester Urban County Consortium Consolidated Plan  - this amendment updates Chapter 7, Section G – Defines Substantial Change in order to incorporate the requirements for substantial amendment pursuant to the Consolidated Plan regulations.  Go to Amendment

Community Development Advisory Group (CDAG)
Established in 1976 to organize citizen participation for the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), the Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) and the HOME Investment Partnership Programs for the Westchester Urban County Consortium (see map). Each year, the group advises the County Executive, through the Planning Department staff, on the program and priorities contained in the application to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. At full complement, CDAG consists of 38 members who each serve terms of at least one year. The Board is composed of citizen representatives appointed by the chief elected official of each of the consortium communities and several consortium-wide non-profit agencies. CDAG meets several times a year.

Neighborhood Revitalization Strategies
Comprehensive strategic plans created by local municipalities for the revitalization of a specific neighborhood that is primarily residential. Neighborhood Revitalization Strategies are formal plans completed following guidelines set forth by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and are adopted as amendments to the Consolidated Plan of the Westchester Urban County Consortium (see map). They are subject to approval by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Availability: HUD approved Neighborhood Revitalization Strategies exist for the downtown area of the Village of Port Chester.