Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds are received from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on an annual basis to revitalize neighborhoods, expand affordable housing and economic opportunities, and/or improve community facilities and services, principally to benefit low-and moderate-income persons. The Housing and Community Services Division administers approximately $775 thousand in CDBG funds annually.
CDBG provides a flexible source of funding to develop viable urban communities by providing decent affordable housing, creating suitable living environments, and expanding economic opportunities for low- and moderate-income persons. The City, with the participation of local citizens, allocate resources toward projects that qualify as meeting one or more of the following three (3) broad national objectives set by Congress:
CDBG funds are awarded to City departments, other public agencies, public and private nonprofit entities and for-profit entities to carry out eligible housing and community development projects within the boundaries of the City of Independence.
Projects receiving assistance must serve low- and moderate-income persons (generally defined by HUD as members of a family earning no more than 80 percent of the area median income) and/or prevent or eliminate slums and blight.
Activities that benefit low- and moderate-income persons can address this objective by:
An activity to prevent or eliminate slums and blight, generally the project provides a benefit to the service area and the area must be designated by the City as a slum, blighted or deteriorated area. Activities assisted must address one or more conditions which contributed to the deterioration of the area.
The following is a list of eligible activities within the CDBG program:
The following is a list of ineligible activities within the CDBG program:
The City of Independence has submitted the 2015-19 Five Year Consolidated Plan and 2015-16 Annual Action Plan for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships Act programs, authorized by the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
The Consolidated Plan is available here: 2015-19 Five Year Consolidated Plan