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Community Development Block Grant Programs

Eligible activities for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding must meet one or more of the national objectives set by HUD and benefit the low- and moderate-income persons of Miami-Dade County.

CDBG funds are designed to support projects that:

  • Benefit low and moderate income persons;
  • Are integrated into a long-range community strategy;
  • Leverage further private and public partnership, and;
  • Enhance deteriorated residential and business districts.

The projects to be funded through the various programs are classified into four categories:

  • Public Facilities and Capital improvements
  • Economic Development
  • Public Services
  • Housing

CDBG program funds can be used to build community facilities, roads, parks; to repair or rehabilitate housing, to provide new or increased public services to local residents or to fund initiatives that generate or retain new jobs.

Applications for funding should focus on addressing the high priority needs in the County’s Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Areas (NRSAs) and Eligible Block Groups.

  • Public Service Activities

    Community Development Block Grant funded public service activities are typically categorized under the Low-Mod Income (LMI) Benefit National Objective as Low-Mod Clientele (LMC) activities. Limited Clientele (LMC) activities must benefit a specifically  targeted group of persons, of which 51 percent must be Low-Mod Income. In order to meet the LMC criteria, the activity must:

    • Serve at least 51 percent Low-Moderate Income persons, as evidenced by documentation and data concerning beneficiary family size and income;
    • Have income-eligibility requirements which limit the service to persons meeting the LMI income requirement, as evidenced by the administering agency’s procedures, intake/application forms, income limits, and other sources of documentation; and
    • Serve primarily LMI persons

    CDBG funds may be used to pay for labor, supplies, and material as well as to operate and/or maintain the portion of a facility in which the public service is located. This includes the lease of a facility, equipment, and other property needed for the public service.

Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Areas (NRSAs)

Eligible target areas are based on an assessment of the degree of poverty, need and other key economic indicators. These neighborhoods are then categorized into two tiers, with each tier defining a level of need and establishing the foundation for the type and scope of assistance that is provided.
  • Tier 1 – Neighborhood Focus NRSAs

    Nine areas have been designated as Neighborhood Focus NRSAs: Leisure City/Naranja, Model City, Opa-locka, Perrine, South Miami, West Little River, Cutler Ridge, Goulds and Biscayne North. These areas represent the County’s neighborhoods with the greatest socio-economic needs and would receive the highest level and scope of services.

    Neighborhood Focus NRSAs will be represented by Community Advisory Committees (CACs) and will be targeted to receive CDBG-funded neighborhood-specific programs and services.
  • Tier 2 – Neighborhood Outreach Areas

    Four areas have been designated as Neighborhood Outreach Areas: Melrose, North Miami, Sweetwater, and West Kendall. These areas represent relatively stable neighborhoods with high populations of low-income persons but without major revitalization needs.

    They will receive outreach, civic engagement support and monitoring. The focus in Outreach Areas would be to ensure that low-income households are aware of County-funded programs for which they are eligible, and to foster their participation in civic affairs.

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