The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program was created by Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974. The primary statutory objective of the program is to develop viable communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment and by expanding economic opportunities, principally for persons of low- and moderate-income. This general objective is achieved by concentrating on activities which benefit low- and moderate-income families. The program can also aid in the prevention or elimination of slums or blight, and under unique circumstances, the State may also use its funds to meet urgent community development needs. A need is considered urgent if it poses a serious and immediate threat to the health or welfare of the community and has arisen in the past 18 months.
The Department of Economic Opportunity manages three CDBG Programs:
- Florida Small Cities Community Development Block Grant Program
- Disaster Recovery Initiative
- Neighborhood Stabilization Program
Florida Small Cities CDBG Program
The Florida Small Cities Community Development Block Grant Program is a competitive grant program that awards funds to eligible cities, counties, towns and villages. There are approximately 249 eligible communities in Florida. To be eligible for the Small Cities CDBG Program, a city must have a population under 50,000, and a county's population must be under 200,000. The Program awards subgrants in four categories:
- Economic Development
- Neighborhood Revitalization
- Housing Rehabilitation, and
- Commercial Revitalization.
For more information, visit the Florida Small Cities Community Development Block Grant Program web page.
Disaster Recovery Initiative
Congress may appropriate funding for the CDBG program to rebuild communities designated by the President of the United States as disaster areas. Disaster Recovery assistance may fund a broad range of recovery activities, including housing rehabilitation, economic development, infrastructure repairs and work designed to prevent future damage to the affected areas. The CDBG Disaster Recovery funds cannot be used for activities that would duplicate funding available from other agencies for the same purpose.
For more information, visit the Disaster Recovery Initiative web page.
Neighborhood Stabilization Program
The Neighborhood Stabilization Program was established for the purpose of stabilizing communities that have suffered from foreclosures and abandonment. The program received funds in 2008 and 2010 to distribute to targeted communities. Through the purchase and redevelopment of foreclosed and abandoned homes and residential properties, the goal of the program is being realized.
For more information, visit the Neighborhood Stabilization Program web page.
- Florida CDBG Program
Department of Economic Opportunity
107 East Madison Street, MSC-400
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-6508