COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT (CDBG)
About Community Development Block Grants
The goal of the CDBG program is to develop strong communities by ensuring decent affordable housing, providing services to the most vulnerable, and expanding economic opportunities for low and moderate income persons. The program achieves this goal through the development of partnerships between government, businesses, and non-profit organizations.
Every five years the City develops a Consolidated Plan that outlines the needs of the community and establishes goals and priorities for the allocation of CDBG funds. All projects that receive CDBG funding, must accomplish at least one of the goals and priorities outlined in the Consolidated Plan.
CDBG funds are distributed through an annual competition and selection process. The CDBG Annual Allocation Committee is responsible for reviewing and scoring applications. Final allocations are determined by the City Council.
The 2022-2023 CDBG Mandatory Applicant Meeting was held remotely Thursday, October 14 at 5:00pm. Applications are posted in the 'application process' tab on the left side menu.
Current Goals and Priorities
The City will prioritizes the following categories of projects/programs in its funding decisions:
- Neighborhood Investment and Infrastructure: Create strong, safe, accessible and vibrant neighborhoods
- Housing Availability: Increase housing availability and affordability
- Economic Opportunity: Create economic opportunities to transition people out of poverty
- Address the Needs of the Growing Homeless Population: Prevent and reduce homelessness
History of CDBG Priorities & Process
- CDBG Priority Task Force Report 2021
- 2016 Community Meeting Slideshow
- Narrative History of the CDBG Program in Portland
- CDBG Priority Task Force Report 2012
- CDBG Priority Task Force Report 2008
- 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