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March 24, 2014 - Federal Community Development Block Grant Helps Many Lower Income Arvada Residents

(Arvada, CO) – The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, funded through the US Department of Housing & Urban Development, is a flexible program that provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs. Designed to help meet the needs of their disadvantaged and at-risk citizens and neighborhoods, the CDBG helped more than 20,000 low-income individuals and families in Arvada in 2013. 

The CDBG program works to ensure decent affordable housing, to provide services to the most vulnerable in our communities, and to create jobs through the expansion and retention of businesses. CDBG is an important tool for helping local governments tackle serious challenges facing their communities.

In 2013, 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 to: 

  • Provide primary medical care to 1,253 at-risk children and adults through the Carin Clinic.
  • Provide food to 6,102 families through the Arvada Community Food Bank.
  • Provide medical and dental assistance and care to 7,382 persons/households through a clinic operated by the Metro Community Network.
  • Provide 5,570 lower income persons/households emergency support through rental assistance, utilities, medical prescriptions, food, etc. through a partnership with Inter-Church ARMS.
  • Aid 15 homeowners to make vital home repairs through the City Essential Home Repairs Program.

In total, CDBG funding helped more than 20,300 at-risk or in-need Arvada residents or families.

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 a thousand different local and state government agencies.