Community Development

Homeless Coalition of Northeast Alabama (HCNEA)  - The City of Gadsden is the lead agency and collaborative applicant for HCNEA which is a group of non-profit agencies, local governments, and others that provide services to homeless persons or those at-risk of homelessness in Gadsden (Etowah County), Anniston (Calhoun County), DeKalb County, and Cherokee County.  For assistance, call United Way 211 or 256-549-4532.

Services & Responsibilities

The Community Development Department is committed to improving the community by providing decent, affordable housing, a suitable living environment, and expanding economic opportunities, principally for those persons of low to moderate income. 


Managing the Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG)

Administration of the Homeless Management Information System for the HUD Continuum of Care which covers Etowah, Calhoun, DeKalb, and Cherokee counties

Provide assistance and coordinate services for homeless persons within the four county area covered by the HUD Continuum of Care

Promoting economic opportunities for the residents of the City of Gadsden

Coordinating activities and education relating to the Fair Housing Act

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program 

The CDBG program is an important tool for allowing the City of Gadsden to tackle serious challenges facing the community and providing the means to improve the quality of life. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awards CDBG funds to entitlement communities to carry out a wide range of activities directed toward revitalizing neighborhoods, providing decent affordable housing, providing improved community facilities and services, and economic development. Activities must meet one of three national objectives: 

  • Benefiting low to moderate income persons

  • Elimination of slum or blight

  • Meet an urgent community need

 Housing Assistance Program

Pre-applications are not being accepted at this time. If you have any questions or you have a life or health safety issue, please call us at 256-549-4532.