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The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) is a Federally funded block grant program created by Congress in 1974, with the overall goal to develop viable urban communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment primarily for low-mod income persons.

CDBG works toward 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.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awards annual grants to Entitlement Communities and non-profit sponsors to carry out a wide range of community development activities such as:

  • Economic Development
  • Job Development
  • Youth Services
  • Senior Programs
  • Health Services
  • Public Safety Programs
  • Neighborhood Revitalization
  • Municipal Services
  • Code Enforcement
  • Transportation Services
  • Housing Assistance/First Time Buyers
  • Community Centers
  • Workforce Development Centers
  • Child Care Centers
  • Senior Centers
  • Health Facilities
  • Sheriff/Fire Stations
  • Flood and Drainage Facilities
  • Water/Sewer Improvements
  • Demolition
  • Street Improvements/Sidewalks
  • Homeless Centers

CDBG-funded projects must satisfy one of three national program objectives:

  • Provide a benefit to low and moderate income persons,
  • Prevent or eliminate slums and blight, or
  • Meet other urgent community development needs due to natural disasters or other emergencies.

Examples of Eligible activities:

  • Public Services: senior services, disabled and handicapped services, child care services, health services, youth services, and fair housing
  • Public Improvements: streets, curbs, gutters, sidewalks, streetlights, sewers, storm drains, traffic signals, parks and recreation facilities, health facilities, and fire station improvements
  • Housing Services: home improvement programs for lower and moderate income households
  • Senior Home Repair (SHR)
  • Home Rehabilitation Program (HRP)

Who is primarily funded by the CDBG program?

  • Non-Profits 501(c)(3)
  • Higher Education Institutions
  • Cooperating Cities
  • Other Government Agencies/Special Districts

If your proposed activity provides a primary benefit to any of the fifteen (15) Cooperating Cities that are participating in the County's CDBG program, you must contact the specific city directly for application, requirements, due dates, procedures, and other applicable forms.

Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Program

The Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing Act of 2009 (HEARTH Act) amended the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, including major revisions to the Emergency Shelter Grants program, now the Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) program. The ESG program is designed to identify sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons, as well as those at risk of homelessness, and provide the services necessary to help those persons quickly regain stability in permanent housing after experiencing a housing crisis and/or homelessness. The County of Riverside receives an annual entitlement allocation from HUD to provide services in the following categories: renovation or conversion of buildings for use as emergency shelters for the homeless; maintenance and operational costs associated with emergency shelters; and the prevention of homelessness and the provision of essential services to the homeless.

For more information on the ESG Program, call (951) 955-1161.

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