Community Development & Housing

Under the umbrella of the Office of Planning & Development, the Community Development Department (CDD) aims to enhance the physical environment and improve the quality of life for the diverse community of Lawrence.

The CDD administers a robust Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, one of the largest sources of funds to help the community, as well as a HOME Investment Partnership Program grant, and an Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG).  These programs are funded by the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Additionally, the CDD administers a Lead Abatement Program, funded by HUD’s Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control program.  The Lead Program’s mission is to eliminate lead poisoning in Lawrence children by identifying and removing lead paint hazards from homes for low income residents.

Understanding that health inequalities are deeply rooted in socioeconomic factors and are therefore intricately connected to community and economic development, the City of Lawrence assumes a Health in All Policies approach in our work to create a healthy community.  With that in mind, the CDD is home to the Mayor’s Health Task Force (MHTF), a multi-sector coalition that promotes health equity for all, through advocacy, education, capacity-building, and networking, whose vision is creating a healthy, safe, and thriving community for all.

We invite you to learn more about our programs by visiting the program’s individual pages on this website.