Amount: $1 billion for community and economic development projects including housing and services for those hit hard by tough economic times.
The CDBG program works to ensure decent affordable housing, to provide services to the most vulnerable in local communities, and to create jobs through the expansion and retention of businesses. CDBG is an important tool for helping local governments tackle serious challenges facing their communities.
The annual CDBG appropriation is allocated between States and local jurisdictions called "non-entitlement" and "entitlement" communities respectively. States distribute CDBG funds to non-entitlement localities not qualified as entitlement communities.
HUD determines the amount of each grant by using a formula comprised of several measures of community need, including the extent of poverty, population, housing overcrowding, age of housing, and population growth lag in relationship to other metropolitan areas. A grantee must develop and follow a detailed plan that provides for and encourages citizen participation. The plan must provide citizens with reasonable and timely access to local meetings and an opportunity to review proposed activities and program performance.
Federal Agency: HUD offers formula grants to cities and urban counties.
Local Contact Point: Mayor's office, City Council, or County Government.