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The Community Planning Services Department is committed to making the City of Salisbury a better place to live, work and play and prosper.

The City strives to provide safe, decent affordable housing, a suitable living environment and economic opportunities, specifically for low- and moderate-income individuals and communities.

The City has several programs in place to accomplish this goal.

Housing Studies | CDBG Program | HOME Program | CAPER | Commission and Committees


The American Rescue Plan (ARP) provides $5 billion to assist individuals or households who are homeless, at risk of homelessness, and other vulnerable populations, by providing housing, rental assistance, supportive services, and non-congregate shelter, to reduce homelessness and increase housing stability across the country. These grant funds will be administered through HUD’s HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME).



HOME-ARP funds must be used to primarily benefit individuals or families from the following qualifying populations:
  • An individual or family who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.
  • An individual or family who will imminently lose their primary nighttime residence within 90 days.
  • Individuals fleeing, or attempting to flee, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, or human trafficking.
  • Individuals for whom provision of supportive services or assistance herein would prevent homelessness or who are at the greatest risk of housing instability
  • Veterans and their families that meet any of the preceding criteria.


HOME-ARP funds must be used to primarily benefit the qualifying populations through the four eligible activities:
  1. Tenant-Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) - payments to make up the difference between the amount a household can afford to pay for housing and the local rent standards and other costs to include security and utility deposits.
  2. Production or Preservation of Affordable Rental Housing (New Construction, Acquisition, Rental or Rehabilitation of housing units) - Acquire, construct and rehabilitate rental housing for occupancy by individuals and families that meet one of the Qualifying Populations.
  3. Provision of Supportive Services - Homeless prevention services and housing counseling. Also, includes supportive services such as childcare, basic educational skills, employment assistance and job training programs, legal services, rental application fees, security/utility, payment of rental arrears deposits, etc.
  4. Acquisition and Development of Non-Congregate Shelter Units (NCS) - These structures can remain in use as non-congregate shelter or can be converted to: 1) emergency shelter under the Emergency Solutions Grant program; 2) permanent housing under the Continuum of Care; or 3) affordable housing under the HOME Program (Includes locations where each individual or household has living space that offers some level of privacy such as hotels, motels, or dormitories).


Qualifying organizations can complete the below application during the period beginning December 1, 2021 through December 31, 2021.

To submit the application, download the pdf, then either fill it out electronically and use the submit form button, or print it and fill it out by hand, then drop it off or mail to: Candace Edwards, Housing Planner, 132 N. Main Street, Salisbury NC 28144.

Application (PDF)


Contact Us

Housing Planner

Candace Edwards
(704) 638-5324

Housing Studies

2019 Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing

The Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice Report was prepared to satisfy the requirements of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974. The Report must be completed every five (5) years by Grantees that receive federal funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

The Report requires communities to analyze a series of fair housing issues and identify any impediments to fair housing choice. This Report outlines the impediments to fair housing choice and recommends steps to address and overcome the impacts of the identified impediments.

2019 Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (PDF) Fair Housing Action Plan (PDF)

FY 2020-2024 Consolidation Plan

The Consolidated Plan is a five-year plan intended to assess affordable housing and community development needs, and to establish a framework for federal spending.

All projects and initiatives funded by the department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through the Community Development Block Grant Program or the HOME program must tie back to the goals and priorities outlined in this plan.

Adopted Consolidation Plan (PDF) Video Presentation

2019 Affordable Housing Market Study

In 2019 the Institute for Building Technology and Safety prepared this report to analyze the current housing market, examine trends in housing economic opportunities, identify shortcomings in affordable housing and provide recommendations.

Affordable Housing Market Study (PDF)

CDBG Program

The primary objective of the CDBG Program is to increase the supply of decent, safe, sanitary and affordable housing within the City’s communities and to support the programs that are designed to assist low- and moderate-income families and individuals while stimulating and fostering economic growth.

The CDBG funds are received from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). CDBG funds are used for a wide range of activities, including housing rehabilitation, public improvements, and public services. The funds must be used to support at least one of the City’s seven goals adopted in the FY 20-24 Consolidated Plan:

  • Increase Supply of Decent Affordable Housing
  • Improve Public Facilities and Infrastructure
  • Provide Opportunities for Homeownership
  • Promote Business Growth and a Robust Workforce
  • Assist Public Service Agencies Serving Community Needs
  • Affirmatively Further Fair Housing
  • Effectively Plan and Administer Community Development Programs

Every year the City is required to create an Action Plan and Budget to outline how the funds will be used. In FY 2021-22 the City received $287,000 in CDBG. Funds were designated for the following projects: Owner Occupied Rehabilitation, sidewalk construction, debt service payment on the Park Avenue Center, and support of public service agencies.

Current Action Plan (PDF)

To request previous year action plans, contact Candace Edwards.

For more information, visit the HUD Website.

HOME Program

The Cabarrus/Iredell/Rowan HOME Consortium was formed in 2005 for the purpose of cooperatively providing safe, decent and affordable housing to low- and moderate- income citizens living within eight (8) adjacent local governments, which includes the City of Concord, Cabarrus County, Iredell County, the City of Kannapolis, the Town of Mooresville, the City of Salisbury, the City of Statesville, and Rowan County.

There also are three (3) community housing development organizations (CHDOs) that are part of the Consortium. The City of Concord is the Lead Entity of the Cabarrus/Iredell/Rowan HOME Consortium and is authorized to request, submit, and receive HOME funds for the Consortium directly from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Eligible activities include the construction of affordable single-family and rental housing, property acquisition, the purchase/rehab/resale of affordable housing and down payment assistance for low- and moderate-income, first-time homebuyers. In FY 20-21, the City of Salisbury received $124,000 in HOME funds and is using it to fund new construction of affordable homes and downpayment assistance for qualified first-time homebuyers.

HUD’s Home Investment Partnership Program

Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER)

Each year the City of Salisbury prepares a Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) for the CDBG Program. This report provides a wealth of detailed information on all the programs supported with these funds during the year. Please take a moment to look at this report and see how the federal funds are being used locally to implement a variety of affordable housing and other community development initiatives.

Commissions and Committees

The City has several commissions and committees made up of Salisbury residents who are passionate about housing. These commissions and committees advise the City Council on matters related to housing policy and programs.

Housing Advocacy Commission Fair Housing Committee

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