Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) annually awards the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to the City of Jonesboro, as an entitlement city on a formula basis, to carry out a wide range of community development activities directed towards revitalizing neighborhoods, economic development, and providing improved community facilities and services. The program is authorized under Title 1 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, Public Law 93-383, as amended; 42 U.S.C.-5301 et seq. CDBG Code of Federal Regulations is under 24 CRF Part 570 and 2 CFR Part 200.
Activities must meet at least one of the three National Objectives:
- Benefit to low-and moderate-income (LMI);
- Aid in the prevention or elimination of slums and blight; and
- Meet an urgent need.
The City, stakeholders, and citizens, through the Citizen Participation Plan process identify community needs for each annual program and funding priorities to carry out activities for viable urban communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment, and by expanding economic opportunities, principally for low-and moderate-income persons.
City of Jonesboro, as grantee, carry out a wide range of community development activities, such as, housing services and economic development within the following core activities--programs:
- Homeowner Rehabilitation Assistance (may include sewer connection);
- Homeownership Assistance;
- Demolition & Clearance Assistance;
- Public Services Program;
- Public Facilities and Improvements Program;
- Neighborhood Revitalization Program; and
- Homeless Prevention and Services.
This program is designed to assist the low income homeowner whose property is facing condemnation and/or poses a health or safety risk. This program provides the funds for the demolition of the structure while allowing the owner to maintain ownership of the property without the standard condemnation lien.
Owning a home is part of the American Dream. The Grants and Community Development team can assist those trying to achieve homeowner status with the application of CDBG funding. One of our primary goals is to help expand home ownership opportunities to our low and moderate income citizens.
CDBG funds may be used to assist qualifying homeowners with the repair, rehabilitation or reconstruction of owner-occupied units. Funds may also be used for grants, loans, loan guarantees, interest subsidies, or other forms of assistance to homeowners for the purpose of repairs, rehabilitation, or reconstruction.
The Sewer Hook-Up program offers low income families an opportunity to be hooked up to a main sewer trunk line [in existence]. The family must occupy the home, have insurance on the home, be current on all taxes, and meet HUD income guidelines.
CDBG funded projects as Public Service, Public Facilities and Improvements, and/or Economic Development are available to qualified entities.