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Public Services

The Division of Neighborhood Development administers the Public Services portion of the Community Development Block Grant Program. In Fiscal Year 2013, the City allocated $595,387 to Public Services. Funding for Public Services may not exceed 15% of the City's total CDBG entitlement allocation.

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:

  1. Benefit low- and moderate-income persons.
  2. Aid to prevent or eliminate slums and blight.
  3. Meet other community development needs in an urgent situation.

Eligible Applicants
CDBG funds are awarded to City departments, other public agencies, public and private non-profit entities and for-profit entities to carry out eligible community development activities within the boundaries of the City of Worcester.

Eligible Clientele
Public services 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:

  • Serving low- and moderate-income areas, or
  • Serving low- and moderate-income clientele.

Eligible Public Service Activities

  • Services for Homeless Persons
  • Drug Abuse Counseling and Treatment
  • Energy Conservation
  • Counseling and Testing
  • Homebuyer Down-Payment Assistance
  • Welfare (but excluding provisions of income payments described at §570.207(b) (4))
  • Child Care
  • Healthcare
  • Job Training
  • Recreation Activities
  • Education Activities
  • Public Safety Services
  • Fair Housing Activities
  • Services for Senior Citizens
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