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Community Development Block Grant

About

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), 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. The 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- to moderate-income persons.

Types of activities

Activities funded with CDBG funds must meet the needs of their communities, in accordance with the National Objectives, requirements of the CDBG Program and local plans. The following types of activities have been funded under the the City of Santa Ana Program:

  • Public services
  • Sidewalk curb cuts for handicap accessibility or the creation of new sidewalks in an area where none previously existed;
  • Community, Senior, and Youth Centers;
  • Code Compliance in substandard housing;
  • Single Family Home Rehabilitation programs, including Minor Home Repair and Emergency grants for small repairs;
  • Park and facility improvements;
  • New sidewalks and traffic calming; and
  • Public facility improvements.

CDBG capital improvement project locations

Current CDBG capital improvement projects:

  1. Raitt and Myrtle Park - new construction
  2. Santa Anita Park - rehabilitation
  3. Jerome Park - rehabilitation
  4. Madison, Memorial, Cesar Chavez Park - restroom construction
  5. Santa Ana Library  - rehabilitation
  6. Residential street improvements - Heninger neighborhood
  7. Street improvements - transportation safety  beacons and crosswalk safety
  8. Sidewalk improvements - Heninger and Pacific Park neighborhood
  9.  Curb ramp improvements (ADA) - Santa Anita, Winsor Village North, Centennial Park, and New Horizon neighborhood

Future CDBG capital improvement projects:

  1. Street improvements - transportation safety  beacons and crosswalk safety
  2. Newhope Library - roof rehabilitation
  3. Street improvements - Heninger Neigborhood
  4. Neighborhood Facilities - PAAL Center, ADA restrooms

Questions about the program

What is the purpose of the program?

  • Benefit very low income and low income persons;
  • Prevent or eliminate slums or blight, as defined by HUD; or
  • Meet urgent needs that are federally declared disasters such as earthquakes or floods.

What qualifies as an activity that benefits low income persons?

In order to qualify as an activity benefiting very low and low income person, at least 51% of the people benefiting from the program must be low-or very low-income families or individuals. For activities that benefit specific individuals or families, e.g. childcare centers, 51% or more of the people or families using the center must be low or very low income. Data from the recipient of funds is collected to prove that the National Objective is met. For activities that benefit an area, e.g. roads or sidewalks, 51% or more of the area residents must be low or very low income

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