- CDBG: Community Development Block Grant Programs
- CDBG Laws and Regulations
The rules and regulations governing the activities of the CDBG Program include the Laws as enacted by Congress and the Regulations created by HUD to achieve the result prescribed by the Laws. HUD provides guidance on the CDBG Program through CPD Notices and Policy Memoranda.
When Congress passed the Housing and Community Development (HCD) Act of 1974, it broke down the barriers of prevailing practice -- where under separate categorical programs, the Federal Government had made the decisions about every community development project undertaken by cities. The HCD Act departed from this model by creating the CDBG Program. CDBG merged seven categorical programs into a block of flexible community development funds distributed each year by a formula that considers population and measures of distress including poverty, age of housing, housing overcrowding, and growth lag. Grantees now determine what activities they will fund as long as certain requirements are met, including that each activity is eligible and will meet one of the three broad national objectives of the program.
The regulations created by the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Community Planning and Development that pertain to Community Development programs are contained within Part 570 - Community Development Block Grants.