community development block grant program (cdbg)
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT PROGRAM (CDBG)
The City of Portland, Maine is an
Entitlement Community for the Community
Development Block Grant (CDBG) from the Federal Department of Housing and
The goal of the CDBG program is to develop viable communities by
promoting integrated approaches that provide decent housing, a suitable
living environment, and expanded economic opportunities for low and moderate
The primary means towards this end is the development of partnerships among
all levels of government and the private sector, including for-profit and
- CDBG is an important tool for helping local governments tackle
serious challenges facing their communities.
- The CDBG program works to ensure decent affordable housing, to
provide services to the most vulnerable in our communities, and to
create jobs through the expansion and retention of businesses.
- HUD provides grants on a formula basis to 1180 cities and counties
throughout the country.
- Grantees carry out a wide range of community development activities
directed toward revitalizing neighborhoods, economic development,
creating suitable living environments, providing decent housing, and
improving community facilities and services.
CDBG: Goals or National Objectives
- Benefit low and moderate income persons or
- Prevent or eliminate slum or blighted areas
- Address an urgent or emergency community need
CDBG: Eligible Activities, including but not limited to:
- Planning and Administration
- Social Services
- Economic Development, Job creation
- Affordable Housing
- Public Infrastructure Improvements: Streets, Sidewalks, Parks,
Gardens, Trees, Sewers, etc
- Public Facilities: Neighborhood centers, non-profit centers, and
school building conversions for eligible purposes; Rehabilitation of
residential and non-residential buildings, energy renovations; Historic
Please contact staff for
20% Planning and Administration
33% Social Services
47% Development Activities:
• Economic Development
• Public Infrastructure
• Public Facilities
- To build strong, self-sustaining neighborhoods.
Priority Impacts Initiatives
- Housing. Maintain persons living in their homes or create places for
persons to live in town.
- Work and Shop. Create or support places for people to work and shop
within their neighborhoods as well as the means to gain and maintain
- Mobility and Accessibility. Create the connection between home,
work, shop, education and services.
- Safe Neighborhoods. Create safe and livable neighborhoods.
- Basic Needs Programs that respond to an acute need where no other
options exist and such a response is temporary in nature.
HISTORY of CDBG PRIORITIES
Narrative History of CDBG Priorities
CDBG Priority Task Force Report 2008
HCD Task Force Report 2007
Shapiro Boxer-Macomber Memo 2006
Order 46 - 10/11 CDBG Changes
Order 91 - 08/09
CDBG Priority Task Force Recommendations
Order 70 - 07/08 HCD Task Force
Ten Point Plan