The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program provides annual grants on a formula basis to states, cities, and counties to develop viable urban communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment, and by expanding economic opportunities, principally for low- and moderate-income persons. 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. The program was designed to reinforce several important values and principles of community development:
Flexibility empowers people and communities to design and implement strategies tailored to their own needs and priorities.
Emphasis on consolidated planning expands and strengthens partnerships among all levels of government and the private sector in enhancing community development.
Technical assistance activities and set-aside for grantees builds the capacity of these partners.