Johnson County recognizes National Community Development Week during first week of April

Leslie Davis, Chair Mike Kelly and Jay Leipzig pose with the National Community Development Week proclamation

On Thursday, March 28, the Board of County Commissioners issued a proclamation recognizing National Community Development Week, which takes place during the first week of April.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Community Development Block Grant program, administered in Johnson County by the Community Development division. Johnson County has qualified as an Urban County with the Department of Housing and Urban Development and has been a successful administer of CDBG for almost 40 years.

As the most populous county of Kansas, Johnson County has administered almost 50 million in CDBG funds and benefited millions of low to moderate income individuals through public service projects such as emergency assistance, public facilities projects include sewer rehabilitations and accessible sidewalk installations, and housing projects primarily preserving the current housing stock through minor rehabilitation programs.

About Community Development Block Grants

50 Years of CDBG (Community Development Block Grant Program)

You can learn about the CDBG program on this webpage – and subscribe to be notified of upcoming events. The application deadline for CARES Act CDBG funding (CDBG-CV3) is April 11, 2024. The application period for 2025 CDBG funding begins April 25, 2024 and applications are due June 14, 2024. If you want to get involved, there are multiple opportunities coming up for public engagement related to CDBG funding:

  • An open house for public engagement for the Five-Year Consolidated Plan for 2025-2029, co-hosted with the City of Overland Park, will take place Wednesday, April 17 from 4:30-6 p.m. in the Vista Room at Matt Ross Community Center, 8101 Marty St., Overland Park, KS 66204.
  • An application workshop for 2025 Community Development Block Grant funds is tentatively scheduled in the Lower Level Conference Room 201 at the County Administration Building, 111 South Cherry St., Olathe, KS 66061.

Responses are continuing to be collected for the Community Development and Housing Needs Assessment. The survey will close May 21. Responses will directly inform the Five-Year Consolidated Plan and help Johnson County prioritize needs identified when planning what the CDBG and HOME Investment Partnership programs will address. 

Community Development