Spokane County Urban Consortium
Spokane County has participated in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) entitlement program since 1988 and in the HOME entitlement program since 1991. HUD requires Urban County Consortiums, such as Spokane County, to re-qualify every three years. Currently, Spokane County qualified in 2020 for fiscal years 2021, 2022, and 2023.
Since 1988, the year that Spokane County became an Urban County Consortium, CDBG and/or HOME funds have provided funds for vital infrastructure improvements, affordable housing, economic development, and/or public service projects, making Spokane County a better place to live for all.
According to American Community Survey completed by the U.S. Census Bureau, Spokane County has a population of 522,798 persons. Approximately 42% of the County’s population, or 222,081 persons, reside within the City of Spokane. The City of Spokane has its own entitlements for CDBG, HOME, and ESG funds. Spokane County residents live in urban and suburban unincorporated neighborhoods, cities of 120 to 88,000 persons, and rural areas. The unincorporated area of Spokane County has 126,887 persons or about 28% of the County’s population. The remaining 30% of County residents live within the twelve cities and towns of Airway Heights, Cheney, Deer Park, Fairfield, Latah, Medical Lake, Millwood, Liberty Lake, Rockford, Spangle, Spokane Valley and Waverly. Spokane County Urban County Consortium consists of the unincorporated areas and twelve cities/towns, which make up 58% of the entire county population.
The twelve participating cities and towns within Spokane County, by virtue of the populations contained within each of their boundaries, together with the population of the unincorporated areas, allow Spokane County to meet the requirements for participation in HUD's Urban County Entitlement program. While participation in the consortium does not guarantee annual funding for each jurisdiction, it does ensure that applications for funding are considered by staff and citizenry who are local and are understanding of the needs within Spokane County.
As members of the Urban County Consortium, these incorporated areas apply directly to Spokane County for CDBG and HOME funds, rather than applying to the more competitive "Small Cities" program administered by the Washington State Office of Community Development. (OCD).
In the 30 years that the Urban County Entitlement program has been in existence, each of the incorporated areas has received CDBG and/or HOME funds to complete vital projects that benefit lower income persons in their communities.
Participating Cities and Towns
The pages for each participating city or town will provide you with information about the city or town, contact information, and links to their websites (if applicable).