CDBGCommunity Development Block Grant
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For nearly four decades, CDBG has been especially vital for many communities across America.
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds are a critical component to realizing that vision.
With a modest budget for funding community development projects, local elected officials heavily depend on the funding that they receive from the CDBG program.
Since its authorization by Congress in 1974, the CDBG program has been a favorite of city officials and the subject of occasional (and potentially growing) criticism from federal regulators and members of Congress of both parties.
The county uses its CDBG and ESG funding primarily to support capital improvement projects such as roads, sewers and facilities, as well as social services in the suburbs.
Overall, the feds are asking the city to repay some $2.1 million in CDBG program funds spent on ineligible activities, and another $298,303 spent over the program's spending cap.
In the case of CDBG, the number of senators and representatives willing to sign annual CDBG support letters to the Appropriations Committee has been shrinking.
This year, Mayor Christine Lundberg noted in her State of the City address that she would like to allocate some CDBG funding to work in Glenwood, an area city leaders have long sought to redevelop.