The Community Development Block Grant Program is a federally financed assistance program administered by the Department of Housing and Urban Development [H.U.D.]. Under the so-called “entitlement” portion of the programs, cities in excess of 50,000 population are entitled to receive annual grants. H.U.D. determines the amount of each entitlement grant by a statutory dual formula which uses several objective measures of community needs, including the extent of poverty, population, housing overcrowding, age of housing, and population growth lag in relationship to other metropolitan areas.
Using these funds, municipalities may undertake a wide range of activities directed towards neighborhood revitalization, economic development and providing improved community facilities and services. Such activities are developed at the local level as are the funding priorities, provided that such activities conform to the statutory standards and the regulations.
Entitlement communities develop their own programs and funding priorities. However, grantees must give maximum feasible priority to activities which benefit low and moderate income persons. A grantee must also carry out activities which aid in the prevention or elimination of slums or blight or meet other community development needs having a particular urgency. Community Development Block Grant funds may not be used for activities which do not meet these broad national objectives.
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Paul Bauer, Manager
Thomas Reilly, Housing Specialist
West Haven City Hall, 2nd Floor
Hours: M-F 9-5pm