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Housing & Community Development
The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program and HOME Investment Partnership (HOME) Program are housed in the Division of Housing and Community Development under the direction of the Gloucester County Department of Economic Development. The Division works on projects to strengthen communities and to expand opportunities for low-and-moderate income households throughout Gloucester County. The mission of the Gloucester County CDBG/HOME Program is to enhance the quality of life for low to moderate income residents of Gloucester County by:
- Upgrading public facilities and infrastructure;
- Supporting new or increased levels of public services;
- Improving housing and homeless conditions and increasing affordable housing; and
- Providing economic opportunities in an efficient, responsive, and non-discriminating manner through organizational partnerships, available resources, and innovative approaches.
The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program was initiated by the U. S. Congress in 1974 as part of the Housing and Community Development Act. The program is funded directly by the federal government’s Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Although the Act has been amended in recent years, the primary objective continues to be the development of viable urban communities by providing decent housing, a suitable living environment, and expanding economic opportunities, principally for persons of low- and moderate-income.
HOME is the largest Federal block grant to State and local governments designed exclusively to create affordable housing for low-income households. Each year it allocates approximately $2 billion among the States and hundreds of localities nationwide. HOME provides formula grants to States and localities that communities use-often in partnership with local nonprofit groups-to fund a wide range of activities that build, buy, and/or rehabilitate affordable housing for rent or homeownership or provide direct rental assistance to low-income people. The Division of Housing and Community Development is responsible for carrying out the federally funded Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership Programs.