Gregory J. Baker
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds are received from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on an annual basis to revitalize neighborhoods, expand affordable housing and economic opportunities and/or improve community facilities and services, principally to benefit low- and moderate-income persons. The Executive Office of Economic Development administers approximately $5 million in CDBG funds annually.
CDBG provides a flexible source of funding to develop viable urban communities by providing decent affordable housing, creating suitable living environments and expanding economic opportunities for low- and moderate-income persons. The City, with the participation of local citizens, allocates resources toward projects that qualify as meeting one or more of the following three (3) broad national objectives set by Congress:
CDBG funds are awarded to City departments, other public agencies, public and private non-profit entities and for-profit entities to carry out eligible housing and community development projects within the boundaries of the City of Worcester.
Projects receiving assistance must serve low- and moderate-income persons (generally defined by HUD as members of a family earning no more than 80 percent of the area median income) and/or prevent or eliminate slums and blight.
Activities that benefit low- and moderate-income persons can address this objective by:
The following is a list of eligible activities within the CDBG program:
The following is a list of ineligible activities within the CDBG program: