The primary focus of the program is to support activities that will benefit low-income individuals through improved housing, better employment opportunities, improved public facilities, provision of a better quality of life and support of activities that will eliminate or prevent conditions of slum and blight in a community.
Specifically, we strive to carry out projects that will extend or replace water and sewer lines, rehabilitate roads and streets, rehabilitate and renovate public and private housing and other non-residential public or private buildings, revitalize and improve our downtown business districts and provide incentives and programs related to job creation.
To achieve the goals of the CDBG Program, Title I of The Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended, establishes three primary conditions or criteria, any of which must be met before funds can be utilized to support an activity. These are called CDBG National Primary Objectives.
A CDBG project must do one or more of the following:
- Benefit low to moderate income persons
- Prevent or eliminate a condition of slum or blight
- Address a situation creating a threat to the health and safety of residents that has occurred in the last 18 months and for which there is no other source of funding available to carry out the activity
The latter criteria is almost never used to qualify or make an activity eligible for funding under the CDBG Program because of the very stringent requirements that must be met according to applicable regulations. This criterion is used primarily in qualifying activities that would correct or repair problems resulting from major disasters.
Planning activities such as municipal codification, surveys and studies may be funded, but on a very limited basis.
For information regarding application for CDBG funds, please refer to the Notices page of this website.