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The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program is a federally funded block grant to states that focuses on benefiting low- to moderate-income people by providing resources for livable neighborhoods, economic empowerment, and decent housing.

Several different programs are managed through an annual allocation including the CDBG Annual Competition, the Employment Incentive Program set-aside, the Immediate Threat and Danger Set-aside (IT&D), and local Economic Development Revolving Loan Funds (RLFs).  For additional information on these programs, visit the Resources Area.

Georgia has two delivery systems for the disbursement of CDBG funds.

  • Entitlements – primarily urban cities (populations 50,000 +) and urban counties (populations over 200,000)
    • The Cities of Albany, Atlanta, Brunswick, Dalton, Gainesville, Hinesville, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Sandy Springs City, Savannah, Smyrna City, Valdosta, and Warner Robbins.
    • The Counties of Cherokee County, Clayton County, Cobb County, DeKalb County, Fulton County, Gwinnett County, and Henry County.
    • The Consolidated Governments of Athens/Clarke County, Augusta/Richmond County, Columbus Consolidated Government, and Macon/Bibb County.
    • Any incorporated city within a HUD Entitlement Urban County that has chosen to participate with the Urban County through a Cooperating Agreement.
       
  • Non-entitlements - Cities/Counties that do not participate in the Entitlement Program

    At DCA, we administer the State’s Non-Entitlement CDBG program.  As the administrator of these funds, eligible applicants include Units of General-Purpose Local Government (cities or counties) that do not participate in HUD's CDBG Entitlement or Urban County program.  Individuals and non-profit entities are not eligible to apply directly for CDBG funds.  Contact an eligible applicant to see how you or your organization may be able to partner to meet the community’s needs.

Announcements

  • FFY2021 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Applicants' Workshop

    Join us for a webinar beginning on Feb 11, 2021 at 9:00 AM EST and Feb 12, 2021 at 9:00 AM EST.

    The purpose of this workshop is to inform local government officials and other interested parties of the procedures to be used in preparing State CDBG applications. It is designed to provide an opportunity to learn the details involved in putting together a competitive application, to ask questions, and to share information. Attendance is strongly encouraged for applicant local government officials, grant administrators as well as engineers/architects interested in learning more about the CDBG application process.

    To register, visit https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6323438019105799949.

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

    Questions:  Contact kim.carter@dca.ga.gov

     

  • Notice is hereby given by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs of a proposed Substantial Amendment to the Federal FY2019 Annual Action Plan. The proposed amendment involves a supplemental allocation of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus (CDBG-CV grants). The purpose of the public hearing is to receive citizen comments on the CDBG-CV Substantial Amendment.

    A summary of the initial proposed use is found in the link provided at the bottom of the page.

    A waiver provided by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) reduces the comment period for Substantial Amendments to no less than five (5) days. The public comment period began on ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­December 10, 2020 with the posting on the Georgia Department of Community Affairs website and distribution by e-mail to program stakeholders to inform the public of the proposed Substantial Amendment and inviting comments through December 17, 2020. All parties, organizations, and individuals interested in reviewing a copy of the Substantial Amendment may do so on DCA’s website at www.dca.ga.gov. You may direct comments during the open comment period to:

    By email to:  cdbg-cv@dca.ga.gov

    Or by mail to:

    Georgia Department of Community Affairs
    Community Finance Division/CDBG-CV
    60 Executive Park South, NE
    Atlanta, Ga 30329

    DCA will hold a virtual public hearing on Thursday, December 17 at 11:00 AM which will be streamed live. To register visit, https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1009502718923806219.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

    All comments received during the public hearing and the public comment period will be considered and a summary incorporated into the Substantial Amendment.

    To view the public hearing held, please click here.

  • The State of Georgia's Department of Community Affairs (DCA) is proposing to amend its current Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2018/State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2019 Method of Distribution (MOD) and to propose a new FFY 2019/SFY 2020 MOD for the State's Non-Entitlement Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) programs. The MOD affects the CDBG Annual Competition, the CDBG Employment Incentive Program (EIP), the CDBG Redevelopment Fund (RDF) program, the Immediate Threat and Danger (ITAD) Program, and the 108 Loan Guarantee program. Amendments to the MOD require U.S Housing and Urban Development (HUD) approval prior to enactment. The draft of the amended FFY 2018 and the proposed FFY 2019 MODs may be found as documents detailed below.

    The public may contact DCA directly at (404) 679-0594 or through the TDD line at (404) 679-4915 to receive a written copy of the amended Method of Distribution.

    Comments by the public regarding the amended and proposed MODs will be accepted for a period of review and consideration, ending 5:00 p.m., December 9, 2018.  The State encourages citizens and other interested parties to review the amended FFY 2018 and the proposed FFY 2019 MODs and to submit comments to kathleen.vaughn@dca.ga.gov or to:

    CDBG Method of Distribution
    Georgia Department of Community Affairs
    Attn: Kathleen Vaughn
    60 Executive Park South NE
    Atlanta, GA 30329-2231

    A Public Hearing regarding the amended FFY 2018 and the proposed FFY 2019 MODs will be held at the following:

    November 29, 2018 –10:00 AM
    Georgia Department of Community Affairs
    Room 178
    60 Executive Park South
    Atlanta, GA 30329
    (404) 679-0594
    Email: kathleen.vaughn@dca.ga.gov
    Web:
    www.dca.ga.gov

    The public may also join the public hearing via webinar. Please register for the CDBG Method Distribution Public Hearing on November 29, 2018, 10:00 AM EST at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4669776910955827459.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

    The Georgia Department of Community Affairs is committed to providing all persons with equal access to its services, programs, activities, education and employment regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, disability or age. For a reasonable accommodation or if you need an alternative format or language, please contact Kathleen Vaughn at: (404) 679-0594 or email fairhousing@dca.ga.gov

     

  • February 2, 2021 - Notice is hereby given by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs of the drafting of the FFY20/21 for the State of Georgia Community Development Block Grant Method of Distribution. The proposed Method of Distribution outlines the national program goals and objectives outlined in Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act as well as the State’s CDBG program goals to accomplish the following:

    • Address State and community priorities;
    • Ensure fairness in the treatment of all applications;
    • Promote the development of affordable housing;
    • Assist communities in preserving and developing basic infrastructure and public facilities; and
    • Support economic development activities that principally benefit low- and moderate-income persons through job training and job creation.

    Georgia’s FFY2020/2021 CDBG program is offered to eligible cities and counties for a wide range of activities as authorized under Section 105(a) of the Housing and Community Development Act (HCDA) of 1974, as amended. The eligible activities for the FFY2020/2021 program year are described within the Method of Distribution which can be downloaded/viewed at https://www.dca.ga.gov/node/5875.

    The public comment period began on ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­February 3, 2021 by posting on the Georgia Department of Community Affairs website and distribution by e-mail to program stakeholders to inform the public of the proposed Method of Distribution and inviting comments through February 15, 2021. All parties, organizations, and individuals interested in reviewing a copy may do so on DCA’s website at www.dca.ga.gov. You may direct comments during the open comment period to:

     

    By email to:  cdbg.biz@dca.ga.gov

     

    Or by mail to:
    Georgia Department of Community Affairs
    Community Finance Division/CDBG
    60 Executive Park South, NE
    Atlanta, Ga 30329

    DCA will hold a virtual public hearing on Monday, February, 15, 2021 at 10:00 AM which will be streamed live. To register visit, https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/675284170639009808. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

  • Gov. Brian Kemp today announced that 58 Georgia communities will receive a total of $40.7 million in federal community development assistance. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) allocated the funding to Georgia’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, which is administered by the state Department of Community Affairs (DCA). 

    The CDBG program is available to eligible local governments through a competitive grant program. Each year, CDBG supports community projects that create jobs and assist citizens with low and moderate incomes. These grants will benefit infrastructure projects such as neighborhood revitalization and water and sewer improvements, as well as facilities for special populations such as youth and senior citizens.

    “Year after year, local governments across Georgia collaborate with citizens to address their needs regarding the places they call home,” said Governor Brian Kemp. “This year’s CDBG awards reflect how a unified and solutions-based approach can help communities to thrive and build towards a sustainable future.”

    DCA Commissioner Christopher Nunn echoed Gov. Kemp’s sentiment: “It is extremely fulfilling to see the long-term impact CDBG funds have in Georgia. Investments this year will provide essential resources that benefit communities for years to come."

    Click here to see a listing of this year's award recipients and descriptions.