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Community Development Block Grant Program

Source: Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974- U.S. HUD Enacted: 1974

Regulation:CDBG Rule  24 CFR PART 570

http://www.hud.gov/offices/cpd/

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program provides grants and loans to meet the goals and strategies of the adopted Consolidated Plans (City and County respectively). The program was created by Congress due to critical social, economic, and environmental problems facing Nation's urban communities. The program provides funds for decent housing, suitable living environment, and economic opportunities for persons of low and moderate income and community development activities.

Eligible Activities/Beneficiaries:

Funds may be used for acquisition, rehabilitation, demolition, code enforcement compliance, public facility improvements, public services (with a 15% cap), relocation, housing services, homeownership assistance, economic development and technical assistance. All projects must qualify to meet a National Objective. To qualify under the Low-Moderate National Objective, at least 51 percent of the beneficiaries must be low and moderate income persons as defined annually by HUD at or below 80% of area median income. To qualify under the Slum and Blight National Objective, the area affected must be a slum or blighted area as defined by state or local law. Activities funded under the Urgent Need National Objective must alleviate existing conditions which pose a serious and immediate threat to the health and welfare of the community and is of a recent origin.

Loan Terms: Loan terms are dependent on the project specifics. The loans can be amortized over 20-40 years and may have a simple interest rate of zero percent to four (4) percent with interest payments due annually. In some cases the principal deferment until maturity is possible.

Application Process/Eligible Applicants, City: Nonprofit and public agencies are eligible to apply. Request for Proposals (RFP's) are published annually;  usually in late winter. There will be some cases where a special RFP will be made during the interim. Staff from the City of Tampa Budget Department and HCD Division will determine eligibility, review the applications, host the selection committee, score and rank applications. The City Council approves selections as part of the annual Action Plan to be submitted to HUD. approved funds will be available the following October of each Program year.

Please note:  the Hillsborough County Affordable Housing Office has a separate program for projects outside the City of Tampa.

For more information and to access current Action Plan and Consolidated Plan visit the City's Budget Office website.