Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG)


The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) office of Community Planning and Development (CPD) awards Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) to units of local government for the implementation of a wide variety of housing, community, and economic development activities. The City of Norfolk receives about $4.5 million in CDBG each year. 


The primary objective of the CDBG program is the development of viable urban communities through the provision of decent housing, a suitable living environment and expanded economic opportunities principally for persons of low-and moderate- income. The CDBG program regulations found at 24 CFR Part 570 govern the city’s use of program funds.

Eligible Activities

Allowable uses of CDBG Funding include but are not limited to:

  • Public Services (Limited to 15% of total CDBG awards)
  • Housing Rehabilitation
  • Economic Development Activities 
  • Public Facilities & Infrastructure Improvements
  • Administration and Planning

Ineligible Activities

The following is a list of ineligible activities within the CDBG program:

  • Assistance to buildings used for the general conduct of government
  • General government expenses
  • Income payments
  • New housing construction
  • Operating and maintenance expenses
  • Political activities
  • Purchase of equipment (except for fire protection and certain special economic development activities)

Eligible Clientele

CDBG Activities must meet the broad national objective “Benefiting Low- and Moderate-Income Persons” (LMI). Persons of low-and moderate- income are defined as a person residing in a household with income at or below 80% of area median income adjusted for household size. This broad national objective is only met if at least 51% of those served by the CDBG funded activity qualify as LMI. 

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