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Empowering Local Change: A Closer Look at the CDBG Program


In the realm of community development, few programs have as profound an impact as the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. Learn about the CDBG program’s significance, benefits, and how it empowers communities to address diverse needs.

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), has been a pivotal tool since 1974. Erie County non entitlement communities are eligible for roughly $300,000 a year. This article aims to provide a better understanding of the CDBG program and how it can be utilized to benefit the citizens of Erie County.


Understanding the CDBG Program:


The CDBG program focuses on sustainable community development and enhancing the quality of life for low- and moderate-income individuals. Funds are allocated to eligible cities, urban counties, and states to design projects addressing community-specific needs and priorities. CDBG projects must accomplish a national objective and meet fundability criteria.


National Objectives:


Benefit to Low- and Moderate-Income Individuals: Projects funded by CDBG must primarily benefit individuals or households with incomes at or below a certain threshold. This objective focuses on improving the economic well-being and quality of life for those with limited financial means.

Aid in the Prevention or Elimination of Slums and Blight: CDBG funds can be utilized to revitalize deteriorated neighborhoods, eliminate blighted conditions, and create safer and healthier living environments. This objective aims to transform distressed areas into vibrant and functional communities.


Key Features and Benefits:


The CDBG program offers flexibility to allocate funds to projects tailored to the community’s challenges, from affordable housing to infrastructure improvements and more. The CDBG program is used to empower local governments, and community members to make decisions that directly impact their neighborhoods. The program’s emphasis on inclusivity aids vulnerable populations, fostering equitable community development.

Successful CDBG projects often involve collaboration between local governments, nonprofits, businesses, and residents. These partnerships foster big changes in our community. They can revitalizing neighborhoods and creating safe spaces to supporting job training and offering essential services.

Citizen participation is critical to effective use of CDBG funds. Active participation in public forums, town hall meetings, and online platforms is strongly encouraged. Follow the Erie County Planning Facebook page for public forum dates and times, and regular updates on the Erie County CDBG Program.

The Community Development Block Grant program showcases the potency of local decision-making and collective action. With its flexibility, inclusivity, and emphasis on empowering communities, it remains a beacon for neighborhoods striving for positive change. Engaging in CDBG-funded initiatives contributes to building vibrant, resilient, and thriving communities for all.



For more information, check out the links below or call/email

Tony Cunningham
Community Development Block Grant Program Administrator