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.

Consolidated Plan & Action Plan(s)

Comment Period for the 2022 Action Plan

The Rome City Commission is contemplating the Statement of Specific Annual Objectives for the 2022 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Entitlement Program. The Annual Statement will become part of the 2022 Annual Action Plan and describes how the City will use these funds for specific objectives meant to address priority needs as described in the five-year Consolidated Plan. Prior to delivering these plans to HUD, the City will provide them for public review and public comment for a period of thirty days beginning June 17, 2022. Comments concerning the plans will be received until close of business on July 18, 2022. See the PUBLIC NOTICE (at left) for more information.