Date Published: April 2019
There are three national objectives for the CDBG program: benefiting low-moderate income persons, removing slum and blight, and meeting urgent needs. The primary national objective used by grantees carrying out CDBG-assisted code enforcement is benefit to low- and moderate-income persons on an area basis [24 CFR 570.208(a)(1)]. Grantees may use the slum/blight area (SBA) national objective as well. However, because grantees are required to expend 70 percent of their CDBG funds in the aggregate over a one-, two-, or three-year certification period (the length of time is at the grantee's discretion) on activities that benefit low- and moderate-income persons (overall benefit). Grantees are more likely to choose the benefit to low and moderate-income persons on an area basis national objective to ensure this requirement is met.
Grantees may also use the slum/blight urban renewal completion national objective if they have outstanding urban renewal plans or areas. A grantee must be able to document this national objective by having a copy of the Urban Renewal Plan in effect at the time of closeout of HUD financial assistance under title I of the Housing Act of 1949 or financial settlement under Section 112 of the Housing and Community Development Act (HCDA), and a description of how the inspections for code violations and enforcement of codes are needed to complete the urban renewal plan for the area.
Grantees may also use the national objective of meeting community development needs having a particular urgency if they have experienced a disaster such as a tornado or flood. After a disaster, an area that was not previously deteriorated may become so if the effects of the disasters are not fully addressed because of a shortage of funds, and areas that were deteriorating before the disaster may further deteriorate. CDBG funds may be used for code enforcement in these areas to ensure the health and safety of grantees' residents.