Community Development

The Community Investments division oversees activities that are funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

The City of Wichita is an Entitlement City and as such, receives funding directly from HUD according to a formula, and in amounts determined by Congressional appropriations.

Following are the fund categories which are a part of the City's Entitlement allocations:

  • Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
  • HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME)
  • Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG)

Programs funded with these resources are provided to persons who meet income guidelines.

2024-2029 Consolidated Plan

Every five years the City of Wichita is required by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development to create a new Consolidated Plan. The Consolidated Plan is a tool that is used to assess current community needs and outline high-level goals and spending priorities with respect to affordable housing and community development for three federal entitlement grants: CDBG, HOME and ESG.

The City of Wichita is currently in the planning stages for our 2024-2029 Consolidated Plan and we have hired a consultant to assist with its development. WFN Consulting is working with the Housing and Community Services Department to develop this plan. Throughout this process we will be consulting with community providers and the public on what community issues should be addressed in the next five-year Consolidated Plan.

The 2022 to 2023 and 2023 to 2024 CDBG, HOME, and ESG RFP (PDF) opened on December 27, 2021, and closed on January 21, 2022. A total of 17 applications were received. H&CS Staff proposed and the City Council approved a two-year funding cycle to round out the 2019 to 2024 Consolidated Planning period.

The City Council appointed a Grants Review Committee (GRC) to review applications and make funding recommendations for the three entitlement grant programs. The GRC met three times in the month of February 2022 to review applications and develop allocation recommendations. The three meetings are open to the public.

  • At GRC Meeting Number 1, H&CS Staff explains the GRC process and provides a high-level overview of the three entitlement grants and the applications submitted. This meeting took place on February 9, 2022, from 2 to 4 pm via Zoom. 
  • GRC Meeting Number 2 is the Public Hearing. At this meeting, applicants for HOME and CDBG funding are given an opportunity to make a presentation on their proposals, which is followed by a 5-minute Q&A with H&CS staff and GRC members. ESG proposals are reviewed by a representative from the United Way's Continuum of Care (CoC). CoC funding recommendations are provided as well. This meeting took place on February 17, 2022, from 3 to 6 pm via Zoom. 
  • At GRC Meeting Number 3, the committee works to develop funding recommendations for CDBG, HOME, and ESG proposals. This meeting took place on February 23, 2022, from 2 to 4 pm via Zoom.

Meetings were held virtually to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. The public was given an opportunity to weigh on the proposed applications at GRC meeting #2, the Public Hearing.