The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) is a United States Housing and Urban Development (HUD) program providing funds for housing and community development activities. CDBG funds are allocated to local and state governments on a formula basis. Larger cities and urban counties, called "entitlement communities" work directly with HUD. Incorporated cities and towns with a population fewer than 50,000 and counties with an unincorporated population under 200,000 are considered "non-entitlement" and the CDBG funds are administered by the state. In our region, Northern Arizona Council of Governments (NACOG) oversees the planning of annual allocations and provides technical assistance for application as well as project success.
The Arizona Department of Housing allocates funds to the four rural Councils of Governments (COGs) based on a poverty/population formula. NACOG, using the same formula, then allocates the funds among the four northern Arizona counties: Apache, Navajo, Coconino and Yavapai. Within each of the aforementioned counties a rotation schedule has been established, which determines the year each city, town and county can apply for funding. The current rotation schedule occurs every four years.
CDBG can fund a diverse assortment of projects. However, to be eligible for funding, projects must meet at least one of three national objectives as authorized by Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974:
- At least 51% of persons benefiting from the project must be low to moderate income;
- The project must aid in the prevention of slums or blight; or
- The project must solve an urgent need health hazard.
Types of projects that benefit eligible communities can include:
- Fire protection (fire stations, fire trucks, equipment)
- Parking facilities (land acquisition, site improvements, paving/repaving)
- Neighborhood facilities, senior centers, centers for persons with disabilities
- Shelters, halfway houses, group homes
- Removal of architectural barriers (restricting the accessibility of persons with disabilities or elderly persons to public or privately owned buildings)
- Privately owned housing rehabilitation
- Public housing rehabilitation
- Historic preservation (rehabilitation, preservation or restoration of public and private properties)
- Economic development
- Public services (e.g. health care, job training)
- Special activities (neighborhood revitalization, energy conservation)
- Planning services (housing plans, homeless studies, fair housing, data gathering, analysis, review of alternatives and identification of actions to implement plans)
NACOG provides technical assistance for eligible communities throughout the application process including help with completion of forms, gathering of required documents, submission of the application packet and more.
For more information on the Community Development Block Grant program please contact:
Attn: Isabel Rollins
P.O. Box 2451
Prescott, AZ 86302
or see the Arizona Department of Housing website at: www.housingaz.com.