What is the Community Development Block Grant and it’s Advisory Commission

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community-development-grantsThe Community Development Advisory Commission (CDAC) is appointed by the Mayor and Long Beach City Council to provide citizen support and advice on matters related to the plans to use Community Development Block Grant funds that come from Housing and Urban Development grants.

In 2009, Long Beach received more than $2M of federal funding as part of the Recovery Act of 2009. The city used most of that money for infrastructure projects including the Arlington Street/River Avenue Storm Drain and the Sidewalk Program which replaced deteriorated walkways in low/moderate income neighborhoods.

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs. The CDBG grant was established as a “brick and mortar” grant to help cities improve housing, public facilities and infrastructure for low-and moderate-income persons. In order for a project to be eligible for CDBG funding, the City is responsible for assuring that each eligible activity meets one of three national objectives:

  • Benefit of low-and moderate-income persons;
  • Aid in the prevention or elimination of slums or blight; and
  • Meet a need having a particular urgency (referred to as urgent need).

CDBG funds may also be used for activities which such as:

  • Acquisition of real property
  • Relocation and demolition
  • Rehabilitation of residential and non-residential structures
  • Construction of public facilities and improvements, such as water and sewer facilities, streets, neighborhood centers, and the conversion of school buildings for eligible purposes
  • Public services, within certain limits
  • Activities relating to energy conservation and renewable energy resources
  • Provision of assistance to profit-motivated businesses to carry out economic development and job creation/retention activities

The Community Development Advisory Commission provides recommendations on the use of CDBG funds. The CDAC meets the third Wednesday of each month at 10:00 a.m. at the City Council Chambers at 333 W. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach.

The activities of the Community Development Block Grant are administered by the Neighborhood Services Bureau. For more information, call (562) 570-7403 or email NSB@longbeach.gov.

This article is the first in an on-going series that highlights Long Beach city services, departments and commissions.

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