Chart of the Day: Federal HUD Funding for Saint Paul, 1978 – 2019

Here’s a chart that just happens to almost perfectly coincide with my lifespan. It shows the amount of Federal HUD dollars that have been spent in Saint Paul over the last 40 years.

As you can see, there is something of a trend.

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The three lines represent three different pots of money: Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), Home Investment Partnership dollars, and Emergency Solutions Grants.

It is also worth noting that these are nominal dollars, not adjusted for inflation. In other words, $19M was the amount of CDBG finding in 1977 dollars, which is about….

[wait for it]

… $80M in today’s dollars.

If you consider that Saint Paul will receive about $8M in annual HUD funding in 2020, that represents quite a drop-off.

If you are interested in learning more about how the HUD dollars are spent == things like homeless prevention, economic development, and affordable housing construction — check out this entire presentation, courtesy of Saint Paul Planning and Economic Development. If you have thoughts about Saint Paul’s spending priority in particular, you can take a organizational or individual survey!

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2 thoughts on “Chart of the Day: Federal HUD Funding for Saint Paul, 1978 – 2019

  1. Andrew

    Honestly, as someone who used to write consolidated plans, the CDBG programmatic requirements are so narrow it would be hard to spend $80m. I wish they would modify the program so that any pedestrian improvement anywhere could qualify for funding. Right now, you have to do mental gymnastics to show that a new sidewalk will primarily benefit those with lower incomes.

    But then the question is, who does the money benefit? The landowner who didn’t have to pay to reconstruct the sidewalk, or the pedestrians who actually use it? This is a big pitfall of the owner-funded sidewalks system in general, I guess.

  2. karen Nelson

    Thanks, I knew federal dollars for housing were way less than they used to be, but sheesh…that chart.

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