Investing and Serving Low and Moderate Income Communities
The Community Development Division is responsible for managing a wide variety of construction, public service and revitalization projects throughout the County. Other responsibilities for the Community Development Division include securing and administering Special Purpose Grants from U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) when appropriated by Congress.
Since the beginning of the CDBG Program in 1974, the County has qualified annually to receive federal housing and community development grant funds from the HUD to provide decent housing, suitable living environments, and expanded economic opportunities, principally for low- and moderate-income persons.
CDBG program funds can be used to:
Build community facilities, roads, and parks
Provide new or increased public services to local residents
Fund initiatives that generate new jobs
In order to be eligible for CDBG funding, a project must meet one of the three National Objectives. The principle National Objective is that the project must primarily benefit persons of low- and moderate-income (Low-Mod). The Community Development Division currently provides project oversight in implementing CDBG-funded projects through contracts with 13 cooperating cities, non-profit agencies and other County Departments. (The Low-Mod Block Group Mapping Tool can be accessed here Low-Mod Block Group Map. The Low-Mod Mapping Tool User Manual is available on this page to the right.)
Another responsibility for the Community Development Division is to maintain the County's qualification to receive an annual CDBG entitlement as an Urban County. As part of this responsibility, the Community Development Division secures the participation of cooperating cities in the County's CDBG program. The Community Development Division prepares mid- and annual-program performance reports to demonstrate the County's ability to carry out its CDBG activities in a timely manner and in compliance with federal regulations.