The primary purpose of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program is to provide funds to develop, enhance, and preserve viable urban communities. This is to be accomplished by providing decent housing and suitable living environment and expanding economic opportunities.
While the benefits of such activities can be derived by virtually any citizen of the city, either directly or indirectly, the focus of the program is principally for low and moderate income persons.
Eligibility Criteria of Projects
All activities selected for funding under the CDBG program must meet one or more of the following statutory National Objectives:
- Benefit low to moderate income persons,
- Aid in the prevention or elimination of slum or blight, or
- Meet other Community Development needs having specific urgency. (HUD is required by statute to make specific judgment on all activities claimed as “having a specific urgency.”)