The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is a flexible program that provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs. Beginning in 1974, the CDBG program is one of the longest continuously run programs at HUD. The CDBG program provides annual grants on a formula basis to 1209 general units of local government and States.
The Program Area the Township of Brick receives funding from is known as the Entitlement Program:
CDBG Entitlement Program provides annual grants on a formula basis to entitled 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.
About the Program
The CDBG program works to ensure decent affordable housing, to provide services to the most vulnerable in our communities, and to create jobs through the expansion and retention of businesses. CDBG is an important tool for helping local governments tackle serious challenges facing their communities. The CDBG program has made a difference in the lives of millions of people and their communities across the Nation.
Entitlement communities are comprised of central cities of Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs); metropolitan cities with populations of at least 50,000; and qualified urban counties with a population of 200,000 or more (excluding the populations of entitlement cities).
HUD determines the amount of each grant by using a formula comprised of several measures of community need, including the extent of poverty, population, housing overcrowding, age of housing, and population growth lag in relationship to other metropolitan areas.
A grantee must develop and follow a detailed plan that provides for and encourages citizen participation. This integral process emphasizes participation by persons of low or moderate income, particularly residents of predominantly low- and moderate-income neighborhoods, slum or blighted areas, and areas in which the grantee proposes to use CDBG funds. The plan must provide citizens with the following: reasonable and timely access to local meetings; an opportunity to review proposed activities and program performance; provide for timely written answers to written complaints and grievances; and identify how the needs of non-English speaking residents will be met in the case of public hearings where a significant number of non-English speaking residents can be reasonably expected to participate.
Over a 1, 2, or 3-year period, as selected by the grantee, not less than 70 percent of CDBG funds must be used for activities that benefit low- and moderate-income persons. In addition, each activity must meet one of the following national objectives for the program: benefit low- and moderate-income persons, prevention or elimination of slums or blight, or address community development needs having a particular urgency because existing conditions pose a serious and immediate threat to the health or welfare of the community for which other funding is not available.
The Township of Brick participates in a Consortium led by the Ocean County Community Development Block Grant Program managed by the Ocean County Planning Department. The Consortium includes other municipalities such as Lakewood and Toms River Townships. These entities work together to ensure compliance with HUD requirements, timelines and documentation.
The Township of Brick prepares a 5-year Consolidated Plan that identifies the projects and activities the Township will be utilizing HUD CDBG Funds to accomplish. Each year an Action Plan is developed allocating those funds that are consistent with each project and activity. The Township typically utilizes funding for the following projects:
This project allows the Township to utilize funds to make housing repairs and rehabilitation to individuals who reside in substandard housing.
This project allows the Township to utilize a maximum of 15% of the total CDBG annual allocation to be passed through to public or non-profit agencies that provide services to the low and moderate income population and meet the national objectives of the program.
Public Infrastructure Projects
This project allows the Township to utilize funds to improve public infrastructure, such as roadways, drainage, sidewalks and curbing and make public building upgrades for ADA and code compliance.
This project allows the Township to utilize funding to prevent homelessness, construct affordable housing units, subsidize market rate units to make them affordable to qualified residents, and rehabilitate units to make them affordable.
Administration of Program
This project allows the Township’s administrative time to be billed to the CDBG program funds for staff time spent working on the above projects. A maximum of 20% of the funds may be utilized for this project.
To obtain an application for the Housing Rehabilitation, please see the link below or contact Betty Baptista at email@example.com
To obtain an application for Public Services, please see the link below or contact Lauren Helmstetter at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information, please contact the Township of Brick Division of Land Use & Planning at 732-262-5312 or 732-262-1327