The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program provides annual grants to States, larger cities, and counties for a broad range of activities that preserve and develop viable urban communities. The program’s principal beneficiaries are low-moderate income households. The goals of the program are to:
- Provide decent, safe and sanitary housing,
- Provide a suitable living environment, and to
- Expand economic opportunities.
The City of Pawtucket, through the Department of Planning & Redevelopment, receives federal CDBG funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on an annual basis to support the program’s goals.
The City of Pawtucket grants CDBG funding to Public Service providers.
Availability of Funds
For Fiscal Year 15 (July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015) The City anticipates receiving $1,700,000 in CDBG Federal Funding depending on HUD approval.
Eligible Uses of Funds
CDBG Funds may be used for a wide variety of activities that address the need for new or improved public improvements and facilities, economic development opportunities, improving the supply or condition of housing, and public services.
Eligible activities can be grouped as:
Real Property and Housing-related activities:
- Acquisition of land and or buildings.
- Disposition of land or buildings.
- Installation or construction of a public facility – such as a park or shelter for homeless persons- or a public improvement – such as a paved road or water/sewer system.
- Clearance and demolition.
- Interim assistance for limited activities in deteriorated areas that require immediate action.
- Completion of Urban Renewal projects.
- Acquisition, construction, installation, or improvements of privately owned utilities.
- Rehabilitation of properties, including:
- Privately-owned homes
- Publicly-owned residential housing
- Publicly or privately-owned commercial or industrial buildings
- Nonresidential buildings owned by nonprofits
- Manufactured housing when it is part of the permanent housing supply
- Code enforcement.
- Historic Preservation.
- Renovation of closed buildings.
- Lead-based paint testing, evaluation, reduction, and clearance.
- Public Services activities.
- A non-exhaustive list of eligible services includes:
- Employment training
- Crime prevention
- Child care
- Health and drug abuse care and education
- Fair housing and homebuyer pre-purchase counseling
- Energy conservation
Economic Development Activities:
- Acquisition of special economic development activities include:
- Acquisition, construction, rehabilitation, or installation of commercial or industrial buildings or railroad spurs
- Grants, loans, loan guarantees, interest subsidies to businesses
- Administrative costs directly related to economic development projects
- Special activities by Community-Based Community Development Organizations(CBDOs) that are part of a broader effort to revitalize a neighborhood.
- Assistance to micro-enterprises, such as – Loans, grants, technical assistance, or supportive services
Planning and Administration:
- General Program administration
Public Service Provider, Affordable housing sponsors and developers, public institutions and other City Departments/Agencies.
Terms of Funding Assistance
Funds are available as a grant or a loan.
The gross annual household income for clients of Public Service providers must be 80% of the median income as set by HUD. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development determines the income limits annually. Household income is determined by the number of persons in the household and the total gross household income. Total household income must not exceed the following federal maximum income limits:
HUD 2014 Income Guidelines
CDBG Self Certification Form 2014
CDBG Quarterly Status Report 2013-2014
- CDBG applications for funding are released annually, usually in January. Eligible applicants are required to complete a CDBG Application and provide the necessary supporting material e.g. financial pro forma, operating budget, etc. Applications for funding are reviewed by the Department of Planning & Redevelopment staff.
- Once a proposed project is approved by the Department of Planning & Redevelopment, a recommendation for funding is submitted to the Mayor, who must approve the final commitment of the funds.
For applications and guidelines to apply for CDBG funding contact Edward G. Soares, Community Development Program Manager at 401-724-5200 firstname.lastname@example.org .
Other Useful Resources:
HUD’s CDBG Web site www.hud.gov/offices/cpd/communitydevelopment/index.cfm
HUD’s Web site www.hud.gov
Rhode Island Housing’s Web site www.rihousing.com
State of Rhode Island Division of Planning CDBG www.planning.ri.gov