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Community Development Block Grant Program

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program was created by the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974.  The program has funded a wide variety of housing and community development activities throughout the United States. These include land acquisition for new affordable housing projects, rehabilitation of existing housing, construction or renovation of community centers, infrastructure improvements, fair housing services and other public services.

Sonoma County receives approximately $2 million annually in CDBG funds.  The program is administered by the Community Development Commission, and the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors makes the final decision regarding how the funds are distributed locally.  Since 1982, the Urban County CDBG program has provided funding on an annual basis to participating cities, the lower income unincorporated areas of the County, and to numerous nonprofit organizations.

The funding cycle for CDBG is a part of, and follows the timeline outlined in the Consolidated Plan.

CDBG Projects

Community Development Block Grant funds are used for projects that improve the quality of living for lower-income residents whose incomes are less than 80 percent of the area median income as established by the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Such projects include the following:

  •  Housing rehabilitation
  •  Community and senior centers
  •  Acquisition of real property for affordable housing
  •  Infrastructure improvements such as streets, sidewalks, sewers and storm drainage
  •  Public services
  •  Accessibility modifications
  •  New affordable housing developments
  •  Homeless Shelters