Community Development Block Grants

The city of West Lafayette has participated in the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Community Development Block Grant program since 1976. The main purpose of the CDBG program is to develop viable urban communities by providing safe, decent and affordable housing and a suitable living environment, and by expanding economic opportunities, principally for persons of low and moderate income.

The CDBG program is authorized by Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 and provides an annual grant to the City of West Lafayette. HUD determines the amount of each grant by a formula which uses several objective measures of community needs, including the extent of poverty, population, housing overcrowding, age of housing and population growth lag in relationship to other metropolitan areas. The grant assists the city in implementing a wide variety of community activities and programs directed toward neighborhood revitalization, homeownership opportunities, housing rehabilitation and improving community facilities and services. CDBG activities are initiated and developed at the local level based upon our determination of local needs, priorities, and benefits to the community. The City is free to determine what activities it will fund as long as certain requirements are met, including that each activity is eligible and meets one of the following broad national objectives: benefit persons of low and moderate income, aid in the prevention or elimination of slums or blight, or meet other community development needs of particular urgency.

As part of the requirement for the funds, the City of West Lafayette in cooperation with the City of Lafayette has developed a Five Year Plan that has identified local needs and priorities and directs how the funds will be spent. This plan also includes another U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development program known as the HOME program. The HOME program is administered by the City of Lafayette and is a main source of funds to create and maintain affordable housing county wide. The Five Year Plan also determines the priorities and needs of persons that are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless and is used by agencies providing services to homeless persons to apply for other HUD funds that are competitive. Competitive funds are only received if an agency has justified the need for the funds. An additional requirement for CDBG and the HOME funds is to develop an annual plan. The plan indicates how the annual grant will be spent and what the anticipated outcome of the activity or program is.

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