The Community Development Block Grant (TxCDBG) Program for Rural Texas
The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) provides federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds directly to states, which, in turn, provide the funds to small, rural cities with populations less than 50,000 and to counties that have a non-metropolitan population under 200,000 and are not eligible for direct CDBG funding from HUD. These small communities are called “non-entitlement” areas because they must apply for funding through any of the Texas CDBG programs. The primary objective of the Community Development Block Grant (CDGB) program is to develop viable communities by providing decent housing and suitable living environments, and expanding economic opportunities principally for persons of low to moderate income.
Each of Texas” 24 regional councils, including HOTCOG, has a Regional Review Committee (RRC) . Each RRC is comprised of 12 local elected officials, appointed by the Texas Department of Agriculture. The role of each Regional Review Committee is to participate in the process for determining regional scoring priorities for projects funded through the Texas CDBG’s Community Development Fund, and is responsible for developing the objective scoring criteria.