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Department of Community and Economic Development

Community Development

The Department administers federal, state, and county community support and housing funding programs. Services are dispensed without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, color, gender, physical capability, or age. The principal ones include the CDBG Program, the HOME Program, the Emergency Shelter Grant Program, and the Continuum of Care Homeless Assistance Program

CDBG Program
Annually, Bucks County receives Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The program focuses on benefiting low- and moderate-income persons, aiding in the prevention or elimination of slums and blight, and/or meeting community urgent needs. Eligible activities include acquisition of real property, demolition and rehabilitation of structures, construction of public facilities, provision of handicap access, historic preservation, community planning, and energy conservation.

Schedule and Key Events
The following is a list of the timeline target periods and principal key events for solicitation and approval of funding applications under the Bucks County CDBG program. Please note that notices of the hearing dates, public comment periods, and approval by the County Commissioners will be appropriately announced and advertised as required by HUD rules and guidelines.


  • Bucks County Needs Assessment Public Hearing
  • Meeting of Bucks County Community Development Advisory Board

July to September

  • Application Period
  • Formula communities conduct Public Hearings

September (last Friday)

  • Deadline for receipt of applications (due by noon at the Bucks County Department of Community and Business Development)

October to November

  • Application Review and Evaluation Period


  • Bucks County Community Development Advisory Board recommendation to Bucks County Commissioners
  • Notification of applicants who are not recommended for funding


  • 30 day public comment period on proposed Action Plan


  • Approval of Action Plan by Bucks County Commissioners


  • Submission of contracts to all funding recipients


  • Signed contracts due from grant recipients

April 1st

  • Beginning of CDBG program year


  • Preparation of Performance Report for submission to HUD

Emergency Shelter Grant Program
Bucks County receives an annual grant from the federal government to help it address homelessness and related issues. The county allocates the funds to local agencies involved in the provision of shelter and services to homeless populations. The main program objectives include improving the quality of existing emergency shelter facilities and quality of services, creating additional shelters to meet unaddressed needs, improve the quality of services, and helping eliminate conditions that lead to homelessness. Eligible activities include renovation, rehabilitation, or conversion of structures, provision of essential services, homeless prevention efforts, and operation of shelter facilities. Funding applications are available on or about December 1st and are due at the Department on the first Friday of the year.

Bucks County Department of Community and Economic Development

Neshaminy Manor Center 
1260 Almshouse Road 
Doylestown, PA 18901 
Phone: 215-345-3840
Fax: 215-345-3865