Community Development Block Grant
Montgomery County annually receives Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The primary objective of the CDBG Program, as set forth by Congress is "the development of viable urban communities, by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment and expanding economic opportunities, principally for persons of low and moderate income." Federal regulations define persons who are low and moderate-income as households earning under 80% of the area median income, as determined by HUD, adjusted by household size.
Montgomery County administers CDBG funds on behalf of all Montgomery County communities, excluding the cities of Dayton and Kettering. The Countywide Citizens Advisory Committee and the Community Development Advisory Committee are comprised of officials and volunteers representing participating jurisdictions and provide guidance to Montgomery County regarding CDBG funding and program guidelines decisions.
General Program Guidelines and Eligibility
The following types of organizations are eligible to apply for CDBG funds:
Units of general purpose government for "balance of County" villages, municipalities, and townships
Private, non-profit organizations, small business investment corporations, or community development corporations, with specific community development and/or housing programs
Institutions of higher education
Public Housing Authorities
CDBG projects must meet one of three national objectives established for the Community Development Block Grant Program:
National Objective #1: Activities Benefiting Low- and Moderate-Income Persons
National Objective #2: Activities Which Aid in the Prevention or Elimination of Slums or Blight
National Objective #3: Activities Designed to Meet Community Development Needs Having a Particular Urgency
Federal regulations restrict the amount of CDBG funds that may be used for human services. Consequently, the majority of CDBG funds are used for capital projects, housing repair, and economic development. Capital projects involve the acquisition and/or improvement of real property. CDBG funds may be used for acquisition of land and buildings as well as for design, engineering, permits and construction costs. Funds may also be used for related project costs such as property appraisal, property surveys, closing costs, legal fees, demolition, hazardous materials abatement, landscaping, project management and relocation assistance for households or businesses displaced temporarily or permanently by a CDBG-assisted project.