Community Development

The City of Hot Springs receives federal funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as an entitlement grantee of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. The CDBG Entitlement Program provides annual grants on a formula basis to entitled cities to develop viable urban communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment, and by expanding economic opportunities, principally for low- and moderate-income persons. As the responsible entity, the Planning & Development Department applies for, administers, monitors and reports according to federal regulations. 

COVID-19 Response Document Amendments

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) was enacted in response to the growing effects of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) public health crisis.  The act included two phases of additional Community Development Block Grant funds (CDBG-CV) totaling $572,399 for the City of Hot Springs to carry out response and relief activities.  Amendments to the 2020 Annual Action Plan are required in order to expedite the use of these funds in the prevention of, response to and relief of COVID-19.  For more information, to attend a public teleconference meeting on December 10th at 1:00pm, or to submit a comment please contact CDBG Administrator Michelle Sestili at or (501) 276-7934.

Consolidated Plan

The Consolidated Plan serves as a comprehensive planning document discussing Hot Springs community development and housing needs with particular emphasis on decent housing, a suitable living environment, assisting and preventing homelessness, addressing special needs of members of the community, and expanding economic opportunities particularly for low- to moderate-income persons.   

Community Development Block Grant Policies

Annual Action Plan

The Annual Action Plan is a one-year implementation strategy for each year of the Consolidated Plan, which describes how federal funds will be used to meet community development and housing needs in that year.

Amendment to Prior Plan Years to Reallocate Funds

The City of Hot Springs receives funds annually from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for Community Development Block Grant program. Annual expenditures are described in an Annual Action Plan each year.  An amendment is necessary to allow the change in use of HUD funding (24 CFR Section 91.505).  The purpose of an amendment is to (1) delete activities which will not be completed; (2) delete activities that become ineligible; and/or (3) reallocate unspent funds from projects that were cancelled or completed under budget.  

Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report

The Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER) is an annual report required by HUD detailing housing and community development activities undertaken by the city to meet priority needs as documented in the Consolidated Plan and Annual Action Plan.  The report summarizes the available resources, results of activities, number and type of households assisted, and evaluates performance in accomplishing the overall Consolidated Plan objectives.