Community Development

Community development activities build stronger and more resilient communities. To support community development, activities are identified through an ongoing process. Activities may address needs such as infrastructure, economic development projects, public facilities installation, community centers, housing rehabilitation, public services, clearance/acquisition, microenterprise assistance, code enforcement, homeowner assistance, etc. Federal support encourages systematic and sustained action by state and local governments.

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Programs
  • Brownfields Economic Development Initiative - provides cities with grants to assist with the redevelopment of abandoned, idled and underused industrial and commercial facilities. The grants help where expansion and redevelopment is burdened by real or potential environmental contamination.
  • CDBG Colonias Set-Aside - requires the border states of Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas to set-aside a percentage of their annual state CDBG allocations. The set-aside is used in the Colonia to help provide Colonias residents with potable water, adequate sewer systems, or decent, safe, and sanitary housing. 
  • CDBG Disaster Recovery Program - provides flexible grants to help cities, counties, and states recover from Presidentially-declared disasters. The grants focus on low-income areas, subject to availability of supplemental appropriations.
  • CDBG Entitlement Program - provides annual grants on a formula basis to entitled cities and counties. The grants develop viable urban communities by providing decent housing, a suitable living environment, and expand economic opportunities for low- and moderate-income persons.
  • CDBG HUD Administered Non-Entitled Counties in Hawaii Program - provides annual grants on a formula basis to Hawaii, Kauai, and Maui counties. The grants provide decent housing, a suitable living environment, and expand economic opportunities for low- and moderate-income persons.
  • CDBG Insular Areas Program - provides grants to four designated insular areas:  American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The grants provide decent housing, a suitable living environment, and expand economic opportunities for low- and moderate-income persons.
  • Neighborhood Stabilization Program - provided grants to communities that suffered from foreclosures and abandonment. The grants purchase and redevelop foreclosed and abandoned homes and residential properties. Authorized by Congress 2008 to 2011. No new funding is available.
  • Recovery Housing Program - allows states and the District of Columbia to provide stable, transitional housing for individuals in recovery from a substance-use disorder.
  • Section 108 Loan Guarantee Program - is the loan guarantee provision of the CDBG Program. It provides communities a source of financing for economic development, housing rehabilitation, public facilities, and large-scale physical development projects.
  • State CDBG Program - allows states to award grants to smaller units of general local government. The grants develop and preserve decent affordable housing by providing services to the most vulnerable in our communities and creating and retaining jobs.
CDBG Resources


Content current as of March 6, 2020.

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