February 18, 2016 Arvada, CO……. The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, funded through the US Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD), is a flexible program that provides local communities with resources to address the needs of disadvantaged and at-risk citizens. In 2015 alone, CDBG provided 33,000 instances of assistance to Arvada’s low-income population.
The CDBG program works to ensure decent affordable housing, provides services to the most vulnerable in our communities, and creates jobs through the expansion and retention of businesses. CDBG is an important tool for helping local governments tackle serious challenges facing their communities.
In 2015, the City of Arvada used CDBG funds to partner with various agencies in providing vital services to low- and moderate-income Arvada citizens. In cooperation with these local nonprofit agencies, CDBG funds were used as follows:
- The Arvada Community Food Bank: 16,314 instances of food assistance to low-income children and families.
- The Carin’ Clinic: 1,225 unduplicated low- and moderate-income clients were provided with important medical care.
- The Food Bank of the Rockies: 8,292 Arvada-area households benefitted from this program.
- The Jefferson Center for Mental Health: 7,263 instances of assistance to low- and moderate- income persons needing therapy, counseling, and transition services
- The Essential Home Repairs Program: 17 low- and moderate-income Arvada homeowners received loans and assistance to make essential repairs to their homes.
The CDBG program, established in 1974, is one of the longest continuously run programs at HUD. The CDBG program provides annual grants on a formula basis to more than 1,000 different local and state government agencies.