Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)


​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.


 Home Investment Partnership Act (HOME)


​The HOME Program, created by the National Affordable Housing Act of 1990 (NAHA), provides decent, affordable housing to lower income persons. HOME funds are received from the Department of Housing and Urban Development and are administered by the Community Development Program. These funds may be used to address many local housing needs whether for property purchase and/or development.

Each year, the Community Development Program solicits proposals from housing development organizations (both for-profit and not-for-profit) to develop, sponsor or own rental housing projects.

The selection criteria is based upon the qualifications of the developer, cost and whether the project is advantageous to the County of Beaver’s affordable housing efforts.

Eligible activities under this program include:

  • Acquisition of property for both rental and owner-occupied housing
  • Rehabilitation of existing rental or owner-occupied housing
  • New housing construction
  • Tenant-based rental assistance

Eligible costs include:

  • Acquisition
  • Site improvements
  • Demolition
  • Financing costs
  • Relocation costs of displaced persons as a result of the activity
  • Operating expenses for established Community Housing Development Organizations (CHDO’s)

HOME Requirements:

  • Tenants must meet income requirements (50%-60% of area median family income)
  • Rents cannot exceed HUD prescribed standards, known as HOME rents. Rent limits must be maintained and will be monitored for a period of no less than 5 and a maximum of 20 years, depending on factors associated with the scope of the project and amount of HUD financing.
  • Units must conform to Section 8 Housing Quality Standards (HQS) once construction is completed. If a project is substantially rehabilitated or newly constructed, the units also must meet local codes, zoning ordinances, and specific energy and rehabilitation standards.
  • HOME funds must be matched with non-federal funds. The amount of match required is 25% of the project cost. Matching funds can be obtained in various ways and the Community Development Program staff can provide further information regarding this issue.