Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)

The 2022 calendar year is the City of Rome's 19th year as a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Entitlement community. CDBG funding is an important source of funds in the City's efforts to address the priority needs of its low and moderate-income citizens and in the revitalization of distressed urban neighborhoods. CDBG funds have provided approximately $475,000 per year for use on housing and public improvements, primarily in older neighborhoods with concentrations of low-income persons. These funds must be used primarily to benefit low-income persons (based on family size and income); eliminate slum and blight; or address an urgent need. CDBG attracts investment in underserved communities. Every $1.00 of CDBG leverages another $3.68.

Our program at a glance:

  • 3 homeowners, who are low/moderate income, received assistance for home repairs in 2021 through the CDBG Program. 
  • 8 businesses in Rome received Small Business Emergency Assistance in 2021 through the CDBG Program. These grants allowed these businesses to keep their doors open and their employees on payroll. 
  • 105 households, who are low/moderate income, received Emergency Rental & Utility Assistance Grants as of March 2022. These grants allowed these households to avoid eviction and utility disconnections.
  • 2 homeowners, who are low/moderate income, were able to have the exterior of their homes painted in 2021 with funding from the CDBG Program.