Since 1974, the CDBG program has invested over $144 billion in communities nationwide and made a difference in the lives of millions by investing in:
To make this opportunity a reality, the City used CDBG funds to:
The neighborhood is now a mix of 30 new homes interspersed with existing, renovated, and reconstructed homes, with upgraded roads and sidewalks.
Other eligible housing activities that can be assisted with CDBG include:
Frederick C. Brinkley Sr., a veteran and tractor trailer driver/instructor, was rear-ended and his car rolled over three times. The accident put him out of work and in danger of foreclosure. A call to the SaveYourHomePhilly hotline connected him to the City's foreclosure prevention program.
The City created the Mortgage Foreclosure Prevention Program using CDBG monies to fund:
To prevent the loss of homes, the First Judicial District issued an order: no owner-occupied residential property in Philadelphia could foreclose without giving the homeowner the opportunity to meet with the lender as part of a court-supervised conciliation process. There, pro bono attorneys provide legal assistance.
Denise Ripley is a homeowner, block captain and head of the residents' council who took initiative to organize community residents during the planning process of the Cecil B. Moore Homeownership Zone (HOZ) development. The community's input was important in minimizing dislocation for longtime residents of the area.
The Cecil B. Moore Homeownership Zone (HOZ) development – named after Cecil B. Moore (1915-1979), a City Councilman, civil rights advocate and community leader – is a large-scale neighborhood revitalization.
It transformed 61 acres of formerly blighted land into a safe and vibrant community by creating nearly 300 new units of affordable housing over a 15-year development process.
Street and sidewalk improvements may not seem like much, but they have made a big difference to the residents of Indio, CA. Parents were walking their children to school on the streets. Residents visiting nearby recovery centers in wheelchairs were forced into the road.
Yearly, the City of Indio's Better Neighborhoods Program identifies at least one low- and moderate-income neighborhood and works with residents on infrastructure and public facilities projects prioritized by the residents.
Typical activities funded by CDBG include:
Meet Leo Kelly and Hank Rittal, patients who are excited about the state-of-the-art care they are able to access at Manet, a community health center constructed with CDBG funds.
The dream of constructing a community health care center in the Hough's Neck neighborhood of Quincy, Massachusetts was the brainchild of Ward One City Councilor, Leo Kelly. After the "Blizzard of 78" ravaged this peninsular section of the city, residents were stranded without any access to health care services.
Today, 36 years later, Manet Community Health Center continues to operate in Hough's Neck as a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) dedicated to providing preventive, primary and non-emergency urgent care to all, regardless of financial ability to pay or health insurance status.
Born and raised in the Germantown neighborhood of Quincy, Rory Elliffe, now works at the Neighborhood Center helping clients obtain GEDs and study math and English.
The Germantown Neighborhood Center, purchased and rehabilitated using CDBG funds, is located in a predominantly lower income neighborhood in Quincy, Massachusetts and provides a wide array of public services to residents of all ages.
There are 868 public housing units in Germantown and single mothers head over 65% of the households. Children under 14 comprise over 40% of the population.
Meet Nicole Watson-Lam who expanded her business, Miss BriMani's Hair and Beauty Supply, with the help of the Rock Island Commercial/Industrial Revolving Loan Fund (CIRLF). The CDBG funded loan program paid for:
CIRLF has been providing gap financing for business start-ups or for expansion projects since 1983. The program offers low-interest loans to industrial, commercial, light manufacturing, retail, and service industries.
Funds can be used toward the purchase of fixed assets (land, building, and equipment) and for working capital purposes. The program requires that at least one job is created for each $10,000 borrowed, and at least 51% of jobs created must go to persons with low- and moderate-incomes.
Dave has been selling his vegetables to the People's Food Co-Op since they started in 1973, when a group of residents formed a buying club in an effort to access natural foods in bulk.
The buying club expanded quickly, opening a retail store and moving a couple of times before settling downtown in 1993. They soon outgrew the downtown location, but, instead of moving, they created a plan to upgrade (add an in-house butcher and bistro, expand the deli and bakery).
The Co-Op had a financing gap and turned to the City.
The City funded the expansion with a small business development loan after determining that the project fit the goals for revitalizing downtown by creating jobs and providing essential goods and services.
Today, the Co-Op serves as a local community anchor, providing fresh food access to low-income residents and helping hundreds of local farmers, like Dave Miles, expand their market.
When we invest in people, we invest in community. The CDBG program encourages people to bring forward their own voices and shape where they live. Through the stories on the previous pages, we've seen how CDBG benefits low- and moderate-income persons. The program:
For more information on how to make the CDBG program work for your community: https://www.onecpd.info/resource/3878/cdbg-fact-sheet
To see more stories about how communities are using CDBG funds: https://onecpd.info/community-development/cdbg-ta-products/project-profiles