Community Development Block Program (CDBG)

Purpose

CDBG Partners with rural cities and counties to improve the lives of their low- and moderate-income residents through the creation and expansion of community and economic development opportunities in support of livable communities.

HUD Objective:  The primary federal objective of the CDBG program is the development of viable urban communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment and through expanding economic opportunities, principally, for persons of low- and moderate-income. “Persons of low and moderate income” are defined as families, households, and individuals whose incomes do not exceed 80 percent of the county median income, adjusted for family or household size. 

Assistance Type

Grants, federally funded

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Eligible Applicants

Counties with fewer than 200,000 residents in unincorporated areas and cities with fewer than 50,000 residents that do not participate in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) entitlement program.

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Application Procedure

Each year, generally in January, the CDBG program releases one combined Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) encompassing all CDBG-eligible activities, including Community Development, Economic Development, and the Native American and Colonia Set-Asides. 

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CDBG Programs

Community Development Allocation (CD -- formerly the General Allocation) Activities:

  • Community Development
  • Native American
  • Colonia
  • Planning and Technical Assistance

Economic Development Allocation (ED) Activities:

  • Over-the-Counter (OTC)
  • Enterprise Fund
    • Business Assistance
    • Microenterprise Assistance
    • Planning and Technical Assistance

Drought-Related Lateral Program

  • Lateral pipes and connectors
  • Connection fees
  • Abandonment of dry wells

Neighborhood Stabilization Program

  • All funding has been awarded. The Department does not anticipate future NOFAs.

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Proposed Changes to the 2017 CDBG NOFA

The Department hosted a webinar on July 13, 2017 to present proposed changes to the 2017 CDBG NOFA and answer questions from participants. To view the webinar slides and/or a recording of the webinar please click on the links below.

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CDBG Program Redesign

Since the passage of California Senate Bill 106 in July 2017, the Department of Housing and Community Development has commenced efforts to redesign the CDBG Program for non-entitlement jurisdictions. To better understand the efforts of the redesign process, please visit CDBG Program Redesign (Coming soon).

To share any feedback or for any additional information, contact HCD at cdbgredesign@hcd.ca.gov.

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Map of CDBG Grants Management Representatives (by County)

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Advisory Committee

The role of the CDBG Advisory Committee is to provide input and recommendations to the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) on the CDBG Program that are consistent with federal requirements and result in good policies, procedures and regulations designed to benefit low- to moderate-income individuals residing in non-entitlement communities of California. The CDBG Advisory Committee members’ roles include the following:

  • Serve as an advocate for ALL non-entitlement jurisdictions, including non-federally recognized tribes and Colonias;
  • Advise HCD and CDBG staff on issues that impact the mission, goals, and strategies of the CDBG non-entitlement program;
  • Provide effective recommendations to address the needs of low- and moderate-income people while considering broader community, housing, and economic development goals of participating communities;
  • Share information about the CDBG program to help educate stakeholders;
  • Provide the expertise and knowledge outside of State government;
  • Notify HCD of solicitations for technical assistance received by members; and
  • Serve as a consultative group on new policies, planning issues, program changes, and activities.

CDBG Advisory Committee Members

A. ED and CD groups will be permanently combined into one CDBG Advisory Committee.

B. The Committee will meet a minimum of once per year, prior to finalizing the NOFA (August — October).

  1. Should the CDBG Program begin a regulation change process, additional committee meeting(s) will be scheduled.
  2. Any other additional committee meetings will require preapproval from the Assistant Deputy Director/Deputy Director.

C. Annual CDBG Advisory Committee meeting will be held in conjunction with the NOFA Roundtables (a minimum of 4 state-wide), so that the Department can reach a larger group of CDBG constituents, allowing for more diverse comments from the field.

D. The CDBG Advisory Committee is to be made up of a maximum of 15 members, from the following representational priorities (individuals can represent more than one priority below):

  1. Large County
  2. Small County
  3. Large City
  4. Small City
  5. Southern California
  6. Northern California
  7. Mountain California
  8. Central California
  9. Coastal California
  10. Non-Profit Housing Organization
  11. Non-Profit Economic Development Organization
  12. Housing Contract Administrator
  13. Economic Development Administrator
  14. City Activity with Economic Development Activities
  15. County Activity with Economic Development Activities
  16. Colonia
  17. Native American
  18. Economic Development Underwriting Consultant
  19. City Manager
  20. County Administrator

E. Selection based on:

  1. The above qualifiers;
  2. Experience in the State non-entitlement CDBG Program; and
  3. Individual’s demonstrated skills in working and participating in a group setting and with the Department.

F. The CDBG Advisory Committee will serve for a three year period.

  1. After each 3 year term, the Department will reopen all committee seats and send out a request for committee member volunteers.
  2. Those presently serving may reapply.

G. Recruitment for participation on the Committee:

If you would like to be considered for membership on the CDBG Advisory Committee, use the State CDBG Advisory Committee Application Form (DOC).

H. The Assistant Deputy Director/Deputy Director will approve all CDBG Program-recommended members once the new recruitment is complete.

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CDBG Success Stories 2000-2010

Ten years of CDBG funding have benefitted non-entitlement communities throughout California.  Success Stories (PDF) highlights many of the projects through photographs and descriptions. 

Thirteen years of funding includes two California maps—one showing CDBG funding by county (PDF) and the other showing CDBG Awards 2000 through 2012 (PDF) by activity.

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