Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) is a federal program funded through the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and authorized by Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974. Funds are allocated through the Arizona Department of Housing to the Western Arizona Council of Government (WACOG). Yuma County applies for the funding every two years as determined by WACOG’s regional method of distribution.
Purpose of CDBG:
The purpose of CDBG is to assist in the development of viable urban (and rural) communities by providing decent housing and suitable living environments and expanding economic opportunities, primarily for persons of low and moderate income. CDBG projects must meet one of the three national objectives established by Congress:
- Address an urgent need, i.e. activity in a disaster area, health hazard.
- Benefit at least 51% of low and moderate income people.
- Aid in the prevention or elimination of slum or blight.
CDBG can assist with a wide variety of activities including:
- Street, water, and wastewater improvements.
- Housing rehabilitation or the purchase of land for a new housing development.
- Construction of or improvements to public libraries, health clinics, shelters for domestic violence victims or homeless.
- Loans and other kinds of assistance so businesses can hire new employees.
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