CDBG Block Grant

A Washington County and City Partnership

First authorized by Congress under the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) are federal funds awarded to cities and urban counties for housing and community development projects. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development administers the program on a national level, but it's planned and controlled locally.

The major objectives for the CDBG program are:

1. Meeting the needs of the low and moderate income population

2. Eliminating and preventing the creation of slums and blight

3. Meeting other urgent housing and community development needs.

In past years, the Washington County CDBG program has financed a variety of facilities, programs and improvements. These have included housing rehabilitation, community and senior centers, special housing for people with disabilities, extensive neighborhood improvements, and social services.

Program Assists Local Efforts in Washington County

In 1979, Washington County's population of 200,000 made it eligible for a federal Community Development Block Grant. To date, approximately $69 million has been invested in housing and community development projects benefiting income qualified residents throughout the county. Working together, 11 cities, the county and its citizens have helped to make it all possible. Since 1994, the City of Beaverton has operated its own CDBG program.