Community Development Block Grant Programs
The community development block grant (CDBG) program provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs. Beginning in 1974, the CDBG program is one of the longest continuously run programs at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The CDBG program provides annual grants on a formula basis to 1,180 general units of local government and states.
The CDBG entitlement program allocates annual grants to larger cities and urban counties to develop viable communities by providing decent housing, a suitable living environment, and opportunities to expand economic opportunities, principally for low- and moderate-income individuals. While the benefits of such activities can be derived by other citizens, either directly or indirectly, the focus of the program is principally for individuals of low and moderate income. Any eligible activity may be financed in whole or in part with community development funds only if it accomplishes one of the following community development block grant national objectives.
Benefits low- and moderate-income families
Aids in the prevention or elimination of slums or blight
Meets an urgent need
HUD provides grants to communities hardest hit by foreclosures and delinquencies to purchase, rehabilitate or redevelop homes and stabilize neighborhoods.
Marietta CDBG program
The MRC works closely with the city of Marietta's Division of Housing and Community Development to coordinate revitalization efforts. The city of Marietta’s Division of Housing and Community Development receives more than $500,000 annually from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in joint cooperation with Cobb County's CDBG program to assist low- and moderate-income residents.
The city has focused these funds in recent years on homeownership and housing rehabilitation as part of a greater neighborhood revitalization process. In addition, the city has used the remaining funds to partner with many community non-profits to provide needed capital improvements that increase services to our lower-income citizens. Past areas of assistance include recreation, health, education, employment and housing victims of domestic violence and the homeless. An objective of these funds has been toward promoting the self-sufficiency of the low- and moderate-income individuals receiving the services.
While funds for community private non-profits are extremely limited and must be matched by any non-profit seeking funding, any organization with a proven track record of at least five years of service and 501C-3 tax status with at least three years of existing audits is encouraged to contact the division between January and March of each year to explore funding possibilities.
Mitch Bland, Community Development Manager: 770-794-5437