Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program Overview

Posted On: November 1, 2023

Empowering Communities through Sustainable Development


What is the CDBG Program?

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) is a flexible program that provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs. It’s a vital tool in helping local governments tackle serious challenges facing their communities.

Key Objectives:

  1. Benefiting Low- and Moderate-Income Persons: A primary focus is on improving living conditions for low- and moderate-income individuals and neighborhoods.
  2. Prevention or Elimination of Slums and Blight: The program addresses slums and blighted areas to uplift the overall community.
  3. Addressing Urgent Community Development Needs: The program responds to urgent needs, especially those not met by other funding sources.

How Does CDBG Work?

  • Grants to Local Governments: The CDBG provides annual grants on a formula basis to 1209 general units of local government and States.
  • Flexible and Locally-Driven: Local authorities decide how to use these funds and meet a community’s specific needs.
  • Diverse Use of Funds: CDBG allows communities to use the money for various housing, community services, and job creation projects.

Impact and Success:

  • Improved Housing and Living Environments: Many communities have successfully used CDBG funds to revitalize neighborhoods, expand affordable housing, and improve infrastructure.
  • Economic Development: The program has also been instrumental in creating and retaining jobs, especially in low-income communities.

Interested in Learning More? For a deeper dive into the Community Development Block Grant program, including detailed guidelines and application processes, visit the official HUD CDBG Program Page.



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