Brief History


The Department was formed in October, 2006 and received its first allocation of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for Fiscal Year 2006-2007. In 2007, the Department received its first allocation of State Housing Initiative Partnership (SHIP) Program funds from the Florida Housing Finance Corporation. In the same year, the Department was also awarded additional funding through the Miami-Dade Office of Community and Economic Development (OCED). Annually, the Department submits to HUD, an Action Plan that reflects how the funds will be utilized to meet these needs. Additionally, a Local Housing Assistance Plan is submitted to the Florida Housing Finance Corporation outlining how the community's housing needs will be met.


View the Funding Chart for All Programs (PDF) showing all funds received by the Department of Community Development since 2006, by funding type and year received.  View the Total Funds (PDF) received to date, by program.

Utilizing these funds, the Department offers a diverse range of programs including, but not limited to, services for youth and the elderly populations of our community; 

  • Youth Services
  • Elderly Meal Program
  • Housing Rehabilitation
  • First Time Home Buyers Assistance
  • Commercial Redevelopment
  • Homeless Prevention 
  • Infrastructure Improvements


The Community Development Department is dedicated to the City's residents and we take pride in our achievements to date. We recognize that there are still a great number of residents in need of assistance. We will continue to collaborate with the county and stockholder agencies in order to leverage all possible resources to assist the needs of our community. With this in mind, we have established very aggressive goals for the future as we continue "connecting the pieces for a stronger community."