The City of Delano receives approximately $581,000 annually. The City has utilized the funds for infrastructure improvements and for the construction of a Spray Park. The City is currently rehabilitating a modular building for use as a technology center.
The CDBG program was initiated by the Housing and Community Development Act (HCDA) of 1974. The primary objective of the program is to develop viable urban communities by providing decent housing, a suitable living environment, and economic opportunities, principally for persons of low and moderate income. Through the CDBG program, HUD provides funds to local governments for a wide range of community development activities for lower-income persons.
CDBG funds are likely the most flexible federal funds available to local governments. Funds can be used for a wide array of activities, including:
- acquisition of property for public purposes;
- construction or reconstruction of streets, water and sewer facilities, neighborhood centers, recreation facilities, and other public works;
- rehabilitation of public and private buildings;
- planning activities;
- public services;
- assistance to nonprofit entities for community development activities;
- assistance to private, for profit entities to carry out economic development activities.
Regulations governing the CDBG program also require that each activity undertaken with CDBG funds meet one of the following three broad national objectives:
- Benefit low-and moderate-income persons
- Aid in the prevention or elimination of slums and blight
- Meet other community development needs having a particular urgency