Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
The Community Development Block Grant program is a flexible program that provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs. Under CDBG, HUD provides grants on a formula basis to states and hundreds of localities nationwide. CDBG 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. Each activity must meet one of the following national objectives for the program:

  • Benefit low- and moderate-income persons;
  • Prevent or eliminate slums or blight; or
  • Address community development needs having a particular urgency.

CDBG funds can be used in a variety of ways to support homeless assistance programs, including (but not limited to):

  • The acquisition and rehabilitation of buildings to be used as emergency shelters, transitional housing facilities, or permanent supportive housing units;
  • The costs of operating an emergency shelter or soup kitchen;
  • Emergency payment of rent and utilities to prevent homelessness;
  • Costs related to implementing and operating the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS); and
  • Provision of a wide range of supportive services, ranging from case management to job training to child care.

For more information on CDBG, visit HUD’s website