Public Hearing: Priority Needs and Proposed Projects for the Community Development Block Grant Program
The Council will be holding a public hearing on October 3 to solicit comments regarding Takoma Park’s Community Development Block Grant program.
The Community Development Block Grant program (CDBG) was initiated in 1974 and is one of the oldest programs at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). CDBG grants are provided on an annual basis to communities to ensure decent affordable housing for all, to provide services to the most vulnerable, to create jobs, and expand business opportunities. On June 15, 2016, the Council adopted Resolution 2016-16, limiting the expenditure of CDBG) allocations to capital. Takoma Park’s CDBG funds are provided as a pass through from Montgomery County.
Qualifying capital projects must be located in designated CDBG eligible census tracts, illustrated in the accompanying map, or persons or households of low and moderate incomes as defined by HUD. In Montgomery County, a household of four with an annual income of $77,450 or less is considered low or moderate income for purposes of the CDBG program.
Community members are encouraged to comment during the hearing on the needs of the City’s low and moderate-income households and to suggest appropriate capital projects to address those needs.