The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program provides annual grants on a formula basis to states, counties, and cities that achieve entitlement status. The primary objective of the CDBG program is the development of viable urban communities by providing decent housing, a suitable living environment and expanding economic opportunities, principally for persons of low and moderate income.
Grants are awarded to entitlement communities to carry out a wide range of community development activities directed toward neighborhood revitalization, economic development, and the provision of improved community facilities and services.
Entitlement communities develop their own programs, within the statutory regulations, and funding priorities. However, the entitlement must give maximum feasible priority to activities which will carry out one of the program's three broad national objectives. CDBG activities must either benefit low-and moderate-income families; aid in the prevention or elimination of slums and blight; or be used for activities that the community certifies are designed to meet other community development needs having a particular urgency.
Volusia County Government is responsible for the application, administration, implementation, reporting, and close-out of the CDBG program. Participating cities are responsible for identifying community development projects for their jurisdiction through the conduct of public meetings. Maximum public participation is a requirement of the CDBG program.