Future Fort Smith

Director:  Matt Jennings  The purpose of the City’s Community Development Department is to deliver services to the low income citizens in a timely manner while being responsible for administering the costs and charges related to the planning and implementation of community development projects funded, in part or whole, by the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and the HOME Investments Partnership Act.


The Five Year Consolidated Plan is now in DRAFT for a reveiw and comment period beginning on March 12, 2021 and ending on April 12, 2021 at 4:00 p.m.  Please provide any comments for the plan or the Citizen Partcipation Plan no later than the deadline to Matt Jennings at mjennings@fortsmithar.gov .
DRAFT Five Year Consolidated Plan - Program Years 2021-2025


DRAFT Citizen Participation Plan 2021

Fort Smith Community Development Needs Assessment Survey Results 


PY 2019 Fort Smith CARES Act CDBG CV3

The city has been notified that an additional $480,022 will be available to prepare, prevent and respond to COVID-19.  The process of selecting activites to be carried out is underway.  Once the needs are determined a Request for Proposals will be issued on ZoomGrants.


PY 2019 Fort Smith CARES Act Amendment FINAL CDBG CV1

The agreement has been signed between the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the City.  Agreements between the agencies administering these services have been signed and announcements have been made.

For all types of COVID-19 Resources, please click to visit the United Way's 211 Connection and COVID-19 Updates.


 All projects and public services are being implemented for the Program Year 2020 Annual Action Plan.


Be sure to click on the word "Links" in the top left box, it will take you to a page where many public service organizations can be found including the United Way Community Resources Guide.


THE HOUSING REHABILITATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM WILL OPEN AGAIN BEGINNING APRIL 2021.  An application to complete is available in the box to the left under Housing Assistance Information.   

Development Services



The City of Fort Smith’s CDBG and HOME programs are funded by the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Department (HUD). To receive these funds, the City must complete a 5-Year Consolidated Plan to prioritize projects and programs based on analysis of data and surveys completed by citizens and agencies that serve our low income citizens. The process is guided by the Community Development Advisory Committee (CDAC) using a Citizen Participation Plan. The CDAC provides recommendations to the Fort Smith Board of Directors on plans, projects and programs. Each year of the Five-Year Consolidated Plan, the City must submit an Annual Action Plan (AAP) for approval by HUD. The 2016 AAP is contained within the 2016-2020 5-Year Consolidated Plan.



The City must also conduct an Analysis of Housing Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (AI). It examines whether or not state and local lows, private, public and non-profit sector regulations, administrative policies, procedures and practices in the location, availability and accessibility of housing in Fort Smith. The AI identifies specific barriers that need to be addressed if future fair housing initiatives are to be successful.


Franklin the Fair Housing Fox 


Fair Housing is for everyone! Fair Housing is a right protected by federal and state laws. Fair Housing means that you may freely choose a place to live without regard to your race, color, religion, sex, national origin or because you are disabled or have children in your family.  Click here to download and print the Franklin the Fox Coloring Book. 





CDBG provides annual grants on a formula basis to entitled cities and counties to develop viable urban communities by providing safe and decent housing, a suitable living environment and by expanded economic opportunities, principally for person of low to moderate income. The national objectives are to benefit low and moderate income persons, to prevent or eliminate slums or blight, or to meet community development need which has a particular urgency.  The City provides CDBG funds to carry out single family homeowner rehabilitation assistance and to a variety of local non-profit agencies to carry out public service activities such as dental, medical, homeless counseling, etc.  The City also assists homeless service providers and public facility improvements. 




The National Affordable Housing Act of 1990 created the HOME Investment Partnerships Act (HOME) Program. This federal program is designed to strengthen public-private partnerships and to expand the supply of decent, safe, sanitary and affordable housing for very low income and low-income individuals or families. The City of Fort Smith receives an annual federal entitlement of HOME funds to implement the Act locally and is defined by federal regulation as a Participating Jurisdiction (PJ).  The eligibility criteria is muich the same as that of CDBG, however HOME funds are restricted for housing and housing related activities only. 


The City's CDBG and HOME Program Year operates from July 1 - June 30 annually.  During this period the City or subgrantees undertake projects and activities that were included in the HUD Annual Action Plan (AAP).  Public hearings are held annually to discuss the draft action plan and receive public comments on the proposed activities in the AAP.