Street rehabilitation project in Blue Island, Illinois.
The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is the primary community development program of the federal government, and is funded by the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The main objective of the CDBG program is the development of viable communities including decent housing, a suitable living environment and expanding economic opportunities, principally for persons of low and moderate income. Cook County uses its CDBG funding primarily to support capital improvement projects (e.g., roads, sewers, facilities) and social services, including homeless prevention/intervention, development of public-private partnerships and planning in suburban Cook County.
37 grants - $6.2 million in construction for 2020 that support a wide range of projects proposed by municipalities
Supported $51 million of capital improvement projects since 2011
Projects include roads, sewers, sidewalks, community facilities
$1.6 million of service grants currently underway in 2020
Over $13 million invested since 2011 to community organizations that help find solutions for those in need.
Projects include shelter and support services for the homeless, housing counseling, food pantries, youth programs