Mayor's Office of Economic & Community Development (MOECD)

Contact Information: 

Brian King, Director
105 McFarland Street
Charleston, WV 25301
P: (304) 348-8035
F: (304) 348-0704

Hours of operation: 

Monday thru Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Closed Saturday and Sunday

The Mayor's Office of Economic and Community fosters public, private, and intergovernmental collaborations to improve and develop a viable, urban community. Utilizing these assets MOECD’s mission is to provide safe, decent housing, suitable living environments and expanding economic opportunities targeted to low-to-moderate income persons.

Staff Jane Dodd, General Information (304) 348-8035

For additional information, questions or comments, please contact the MOECD via email to


Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG)


The City of Charleston, Mayor’s Office of Economic and Community Development (MOECD) is required to submit a Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program and Annual Performance Report (APR) for all federal funds received for the 2014 program year to the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  The CDBG CAPER is an annual report on all expenditures for the 2014 program year.  The APR reports funds made available for affordable housing.  A copy of this report is on file and available for public review from September 9, 2015 until September 23, 2015 at the locations listed below:

Mayor’s Office of Economic and
Community Development (MOECD)
105 McFarland Street
Charleston, West Virginia 25301

Kanawha County Public Library
123 Capitol Street
Charleston, West Virginia 25301


Written comments will be accepted until September 23, 2015 and can be mailed to MOECD 105 McFarland Street, Charleston, West Virginia 25301. TDD is (304) 348-1085.

The primary objective of the CDBG Program is the development of viable communities, including decent housing, suitable living environments and expanding economic opportunities, principally for low and moderate income residents.

“CDBG” is an acronym for the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Community Development Block Grant program.  The CDBG program is authorized under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended.  Its primary objective is the development of viable urban communities.  Viable communities are achieved by providing:

  • A decent housing
  • A suitable living environment; and
  • Expanded economic opportunities, principally for low– and moderate-income people.
  • The CDBG program grew out of eight programs:
  • Open Space
  • Urban Renewal
  • Neighborhood Development Program grants
  • Historic Preservation grants
  • Model Cities supplemental grants
  • Public Facilities loans
  • Neighborhood Facilities grants
  • Water and Sewer grants
  • Eligible activities under the CDBG program include the following:
  • Acquisition of real property
  • Disposition of real property
  • Public facilities and improvements
  • Clearance, demolition of property
  • Public services
  • Loss of rental income
  • Housing services
  • Housing rehabilitation
  • Code enforcement
  • Historic preservation
  • Special economic development
  • Planning
  • Fair housing

While all of these activities are eligible based on the HUD CDBG regulations, only the activities ranked “high” or “medium” in the city’s Consolidated Plan will be funded through the city’s CDBG program.  However, the city may write letters of support on behalf of agencies seeking funding from other sources for activities determined to have a “low” ranking.

In addition to being eligible, proposed activities must meet at least one national CDBG program objective:

  • Benefit low– and moderate-income people;
  • Eliminate or prevent slums or blight;
  • Address urgent needs posing a serious and immediate threat to the health and welfare of the community.

Funds are awarded to non-profit organizations on a competitive basis.  An application must be completed and submitted to the Mayor’s Office of Economic and Community Development by 5:00 PM on Monday, February 01, 2010. 

Charleston Owner-Occupied Rehab Programs (CORP) Emergency Rehab - up to $3,500 grant

  • Owner Rehab - up to $20,000 forgivable loan
  • {50% and below income guidelines - forgivable loan}
  • {51% to 80% income guidelines - 3% 10-year loan}

HOME Program and HOME Blend Program (First Time Home Buyers) - both are designed to assist low-mod persons in becoming a homeowner. American Dream Downpayment Initiative (ADDI) – used in conjunction with the HOME programs to assist first-time homebuyers.

Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) Program - operational and supportive services to homeless providers in the City of Charleston.


The City's CDBG program operates on the fiscal year, with new funding becoming available every July 1. During each program year, MOECD holds at least 3 public hearings (November, December and January) to receive input from citizens and non-profit organizations regarding its program and policies. Applications are due by the end of January for funds to be disbursed after July 1 of the same year. Amendments to the Block Grant budget are advertised in the local newspapers for 30 days prior to funding availability in order to receive citizen input. All recipients of the Block Grant program are required to sign an agreement with the City at the beginning of the funding cycle.


CDBG ALLOCATIONS 2015   1,371,511.00 476,560.00   1,848,071.00
CDBG ALLOCATIONS 2014   1,390,932.00 503,369.00   1,894,301.00
CDBG ALLOCATIONS 2013   1,422,479.00 380,805.00   1,803,284.00
CDBG ALLOCATIONS 2012   1,382,169.00 540,240.00 145,296.00 2,067,705.00
CDBG ALLOCATIONS 2011   1,677,838.00 1,007,985.00 127,130.00 2,812,953.00
CDBG ALLOCATIONS 2010   2,008,260.00 1,142,137.00 81,293.00 3,231,690.00
CDBG ALLOCATIONS 2009   1,855,477.00 1,141,260.00 81,493.00 3,078,230.00
CDBG ALLOCATIONS 2008   1,830,339.00 1,027,827.00 82,189.00 2,940,355.00
CDBG ALLOCATIONS 2007   1,907,547.00 1,060,736.00 82,379.00 1,989,926.00
CDBG ALLOCATIONS 2006   1,909,936.00 1,032,723.00 82,377.00 1,992,313.00
CDBG ALLOCATIONS 2005   2,141,484.00 1,096,331.00 83,066.00 3,320,881.00
CDBG ALLOCATIONS 2004   2,271,000.00 1,140,163.00 83,768.00 3,494,931.00
CDBG ALLOCATIONS 2003   2,290,000.00 1,141,084.00 86,000.00 3,517,084.00

FY 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan

The City of Charleston has prepared its Five Year Consolidated Plan for the period of FY 2015 through FY 2019. The Consolidated Plan is a strategic document to implement Federal programs for housing, and community & economic development activities within the City of Charleston. The Consolidated Plan is a requirement of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Home Investment Partnership (HOME) programs. This Consolidated Plan covers the period beginning July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2019. In addition, the City has prepared its FY 2015 Annual Action Plan which documents the activities the City will fund for the coming year. The Five Year Consolidated Plan was submitted to the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on May 15, 2015.