Community Development Block Grants
The Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) program is federally funded and was enacted into law in 1974. CDBG provides cities, referred to as “entitlement communities,” annual direct grants that are used to revitalize neighborhoods, expand affordable housing and economic opportunities, and improve community facilities and services, principally to benefit low and moderate-income persons.
Any activity funded through the CDBG program must meet one of these national objectives:
- To benefit low and moderate-income persons
- To aid in the prevention or elimination of slums or blight
- To meet a particularly urgent need
Since 1975 the City of Tuscaloosa has received an average of $1.44 million each year in CDBG funds.
Projects and Programs
Some of the programs and projects that have been funded by CDBG include:
- McDonald Hughes Community Center
- Renovation of the Barnes Branch YMCA
- Developing Palmore Park, Freeman Park, and several small neighborhood parks
- Operation of “Meals on Wheels Program”
- Operation of Music Education Program for Low-Income Children