The Department of Community Relations & Neighborhood Engagement assists in the revitalization of housing and stabilization or improvement of the City’s neighborhoods using federal and state grant funds.
In August of 2010, the City of Sanford applied for, and in October of 2010 became a Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Entitlement Community. As an Entitlement Community, Sanford receives designated Federal grant funding from HUD to improve the living conditions of low and moderate income residents. The HUD grant fund activities such as infrastructure improvements, public services, public facilities improvements, housing repairs, homeless services, economic development, acquisition, rehabilitation and resale of abandon and foreclosed properties and demolition and clearance of blighted and deteriorated structures.
To receive the designation as an Entitlement Community the City of Sanford had to submit a Five-Year Consolidated Plan stating the community needs and outlining the City’s annual action plan to address those needs. The City of Sanford receives grant funding from two HUD programs, Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP).