July 11, 2018 – Californians who live in smaller and rural communities across the state will soon benefit from $61.5 million in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG). At a time when many Californians struggle to make ends meet, CDBG awards play a critical role, helping local governments turn around serious challenges facing their communities. Funds can be used for a wide variety of uses – from building senior daycare centers, fire stations, and medical clinics to assisting families in becoming homeowners.
“The CDBG program is a flexible instrument that allows us to help smaller cities and counties create jobs, homes, services, and businesses,” said Ben Metcalf, Director of HCD. “HCD is proud to award these funds to communities that have the need and desire to make critical improvements, but often lack the necessary resources to turn their plans into reality.”
The CDBG program is federally funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. While some communities receive CDBG awards directly from HUD, the California Department of Housing and Community Development administers CDBG awards to California cities with a population less than 50,000 and counties with an unincorporated area population less than 200,000.
Editor’s note: Nevada County was awarded $3,196,396 in funding.

County of Nevada Public Facilities – Health Facilities: $2,973,392
General Administration: $223,004