CDBG - Community Development Block Grant
The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program was initiated by Congress in 1974 as part of the Housing and Community Development Act. The program is funded directly by the federal government’s Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The CDBG Program has three primary objectives:
- Benefit those with low and moderate-incomes
- Aid in the prevention of neighborhood deterioration
- Meet other urgent community development needs due to natural disasters or other emergencies
CDBG funds can be used for a wide variety of programs, services and facilities improvements. This means funding for a broad array of community needs, including but not limited to:
- Street and sewer improvements
- Disabled (ADA) accessibility improvements
- Homeless prevention and domestic violence programs
- Community and senior services
- Fair housing enforcement and landlord/tenant mediation
- Housing programs
- Section 108 loan repayment
According to the Federal regulations, the City of Newport Beach is allowed to spend a total of 20% of CDBG funding on program administration and 15% on community services such as senior meal delivery or homeless prevention programs. The remaining amount of funding is then used for projects such as street and sidewalk improvements, modifications of public spaces to make them accessible to the disabled or rehabilitation of existing park facilities.
Fair housing enforcement and landlord/tenant mediation services are available for tenants, realtors, apartment owners and managers, lending institutions and other interested parties within the City. Each year, the City allocates CDBG funds for this purpose as required by law. Effective July 1, 2011, the City has contracted with the Fair Housing Foundation for these services, which are provided free of cost. For more information or to utilize these services, please contact the Fair Housing Foundation at (562) 989-1206 or online at www.fairhousingfoundation.com.
Have specific questions about the City of Newport Beach's CDBG Program? Contact the Community Development Department at 949-644-3225.
Clint Whited, CDBG Consultant 909-476-6006 ext 115
For more information on the CDBG program, please visit http://www.hud.gov/