The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program was created by the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974. The program has funded a wide variety of housing and community development activities throughout the United States. These include land acquisition for new affordable housing projects, rehabilitation of existing housing, construction or renovation of community centers, infrastructure improvements, fair housing services and support for homeless systems of care.
Sonoma County receives approximately $1.8 million annually in CDBG funds. The program is administered by the Community Development Commission, and the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors makes the final decision regarding how the funds are distributed locally. Since 1982, the Urban County CDBG program has provided funding on an annual basis to participating cities, the lower income unincorporated areas of the County, and to numerous nonprofit organizations.
The funding cycle for CDBG is a part of, and follows the timeline outlined in the Consolidated Plan, which is prepared in partnership with community members and stakeholders every five years.