Community Enhancement currently manages multiple federally-funded grant programs on behalf of Chesterfield. These grant programs include the HUD-funded Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Home Investment Partnerships (HOME) and Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control Grant programs. Through the nonprofit partners that serve as subrecipients of the grant funding, these programs help to address various needs in the community, from public services like employment navigation and youth support services, to new housing and home repair for low-income families. As part of Chesterfield's consolidated planning process for CDBG and HOME funds every five years, the county also conducts an analysis of impediments to fair housing.
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Home Investment Partnerships (HOME)
The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Home Investment Partnerships (HOME) grant programs are both administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Each year, the county receives allocations of CDBG and HOME funding and, through an annual application process, awards the funding to nonprofit organizations or governmental departments that are undertaking eligible projects or programs to address community needs related to housing and community development.
Applications for CDBG and HOME funding for fiscal year 2024 (FY24) will open in fall 2022.
2021 Comprehensive Annual Performance Report (CAPER) Draft Now Available
Chesterfield County is inviting comments on the draft of the Comprehensive Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER) (PDF) for the 2021 program year. The report outlines the performance of the county on the administration of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Home Investment Partnership Grant (HOME) funded activities for the period of July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022. The final report is required to be submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) within 90 days following the end of the program year, on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022.
Comments must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022, to be considered during the formal review of the CAPER. Please send comments via email to Jessica Sagara or submit written comments to the Chesterfield County Department of Community Enhancement, P.O. Box 40 Chesterfield, VA 23832.
A virtual public meeting will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022, at 1 p.m. via Microsoft Teams. The meeting is being held to answer questions and accept feedback on the draft CAPER report. This meeting will also serve as an opportunity for citizens to give feedback on housing and community development needs of the community as we prepare for future use of the funds. To participate in the virtual meeting, please email Jessica Sagara at by noon on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022. Please call 804-751-2368 with any questions.
CDBG/HOME Program Goals
- Create and sustain affordable housing
- Preserve and improve existing communities
- Promote healthy and self-sufficient families
- Strengthen the organizational development of non-profit organizations and affordable housing developers
CDBG funding may be used for a wide variety of activities to benefit low- and moderate-income residents of the community. Income eligibility is based on HUD's income limits that are updated annually.
Examples of eligible activities: public services (only 15% of the county’s CDBG allocation may be spent on public service activities), economic development, public infrastructure improvements, public facilities, qualified housing development activities, home repair, code enforcement and program administration. View CDBG matrix codes (PDF).
Under the CDBG program, activities must meet one of HUD's broad national objectives:
- Benefit Low-and Moderate-Income Persons
- Low-Moderate Income Area Benefit (LMA) – Activities providing benefits that are available to all the residents of a particular area, at least 51% of whom are low/mod income. View the FY23 CDBG Eligible Areas and Target Areas map.
- Low-Moderate Income Limited Clientele (LMC) – Activities that benefit a limited clientele, at least 51% of whom are low/mod income.
- Low-Moderate Income Housing (LMH) – Activities undertaken to provide or improve permanent residential structures that will be occupied by low/mod income households.
- Low-Moderate Income Job Creation and Retention (LMJ) – Activities undertaken to create or retain permanent jobs, at least 51% of which will be made available to or held by low/mod persons.
- Elimination of Slums and Blight
- Address an Urgent Need – Urgent Need as defined by HUD is to address the aftermath of events such as a hurricane, tornado, flood, earthquake, etc.
HOME funding for housing activities to benefit low- and moderate-income residents of the community. Income eligibility is based on HUD's income limits that are updated annually.
Examples of eligible activities: homeowner housing rehabilitation, down payment assistance and homeowner housing construction. Fifteen percent of the county’s HOME allocation must go towards a Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) to create new affordable housing opportunities in the county.
HUD Income Limits for CDBG/HOME Programs
|Persons in Household||Low Income|
(80% of Median)
(50% of Median)
(30% of Median)
As part of Chesterfield's consolidated planning process for CDBG and HOME funds every five years, the county also conducts an analysis of impediments to fair housing. The most recent analysis was completed in Spring 2021, where the county worked with a consultant to create a regional analysis of impediments to fair housing. The other localities involved in this regional analysis were the cities of Colonial Heights, Hopewell, Petersburg and Richmond and Henrico County. A regional analysis of impediments was completed because housing markets do not observe rigid city/county boundaries; the solutions to address housing needs should be coordinated at the regional level. The final report identified impediments to fair housing and barriers to affordable housing in Chesterfield, along with recommendations for addressing these barriers. View the Greater Richmond Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing report (PDF).
Housing discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, family status or disability is illegal by federal law. Virginia’s fair housing law includes elderliness as a protected class (elderliness means anyone 55 and older). Please contact the following organizations to file a housing discrimination complaint:
Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control Grant Program
This federally funded grant program was created to protect children ages 5 and younger and expectant mothers from the harmful toxins of lead-based paint. Lead-based paint is found in homes built before 1978 and is most harmful to children ages 5 and younger.
Chesterfield County wants to ensure that its residents are aware of this grant program and the benefits for you and your household. We want to serve our residents and help create a healthier life for their families. View the Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control Grant Program video English version or Spanish version for more information.
(Must meet the following five requirements.)
- Home must be located in Chesterfield County.
- Home must be built before 1978. Renters of properties built before 1978 also qualify, but must receive permission from their landlord.
- A home must have at least one of the following child resident requirements to qualify:
- A child 5 years or younger lives at the home
- A child 5 years or younger regularly visits the home (at least three hours a day for two days a week; at least 60 hours annually)
- An expectant mother lives at the home
- You must be up to date with property taxes or be a renter in good standing.
- The income of all household members 18 or older must total no more than 80% of the area median income for Chesterfield County. View the income chart on project:HOMES.
The lead-based paint hazard control grant program is available to eligible residents at no cost. The program includes a lead hazard assessment and household repairs to improve home health. To apply, an applicant will need to provide:
- Drivers license or government-issued picture ID for all applicants at the current address
- Income verification of most recent consecutive pay stubs covering at least 60 days of income or equivalent statement for all income sources (including SSI/SSA, retirement, etc.)
- Most recent bank statements for all checking and savings accounts (three monthly statements for checking and one for savings)
- Mortgage statement or copy of your lease
- Recent Chesterfield County Utility bill (water/gas)
Grant Resources and Plans
Annual Action Plan
- PY2021 Annual Action Plan (PDF)
- FY2020 Annual Action Plan (PDF)
- PY2019 Annual Action Plan - CARES Act Amendment January 2021 (PDF)
Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO)
Comprehensive Annual Performance Report (CAPER)