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Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
About the Program
Small Cities Community Development Block grant Program

The Community Development Block Grant Program is a federal program that provides funding for housing and community development. In 1974, Congress created the program by passing the Housing and Community Development Act, Title 1. The national objectives of the program are to:

1. Benefit low-and moderate-income persons
2. Prevent or eliminate slum or blight
3. Address urgent community development needs

The program, administered and funded by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development consists of two components:

1. Entitlement – provides funds directly to urban areas
2. Small Cities – provides funds to the states for distribution to rural areas

The Department of Community Affairs administers Florida’s Small Cities Community Development Block Grant Program. This is a competitive grant program that awards funds to rural areas. Each year since 1983, Florida has received between 18 and 35 million dollars. One of the factors in the competitive process is the Community Wide Needs Score. This is a numerical representation of the needs of a community based on the following census data:

1. Low and Moderate Income Population
2. Number of Persons Below the Poverty Level
3. Number of Housing Units with More than One Person Per Room

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