Neighborhood & Community Services

In 1996, the City's population exceeded 50,000 and "entitlement status" from the federal government was achieved. Consequently, Pocatello is entitled to about $350,000 per year in federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds. The administration of these funds is the division's primary focus.

CDBG funds are utilized for a variety of housing and community development programs as well as several special projects. The city's consolidated plan for CDBG funding guides the spending of the funds and enables officials and citizens to collectively solve neighborhood and community problems that meet the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) national objectives which are:
  1. Benefit to low- and moderate-income persons.
  2. Removal or elimination of slums and blight.
  3. Meeting other community development needs having a particular urgency because conditions may pose a serious and immediate threat to the health and welfare of the community.
As a recipient of funding from U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, every 5 years the City is required to create a new Consolidated Plan outlining the City's needs and priorities for use of CDBG funding. Based on the Consolidated Plan, the annual action plan specifies exactly how a given year's funding will be used, for example, sidewalk and housing repair. Then, at the end of the program year, the City must report on the work it did over the year in the Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report. The current version of each of these plans can be found at the links below:
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Advisory Committee
In fulfilling its duties, the Neighborhood and Community Services Division acts as staff support to the CDBG Advisory Committee. The CDBG Advisory Committee is charged with the development, oversight, and implementation including funding recommendations for the City's Consolidated Plan. The CDBG Advisory Committee also works to "affirmatively further fair housing," which is required since Pocatello is an entitlement city. Affirmatively furthering fair housing helps ensure that residents of Pocatello are free from discrimination due to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or familial status in connection with real property transactions. The Neighborhood & Community Services staff can help you with information; please call 234-6188 or email. Other organizations that can help include:

Citizen participation is a key component of the City's CDBG programs, and several opportunities for public input on various aspects of these programs occur throughout the year and are publicly noticed in the Idaho State Journal.

Contact Us
If you have questions or would like more information, you can contact NCS staff at the following numbers or send an email.

  • Division Manager: 208-234-6186
  • Fair Housing Information: 208-234-6188
  • Grants Administrator: 208-234-6188
  • Property Rehabilitation Specialist: 208-234-6255