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Community Development Block Grant


The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD) seeks to develop viable communities by promoting integrated approaches that provide housing, a sustainable living environment, and expand economic opportunities for low and moderate income persons.  CPD offers several programs for housing and community development. 


CPD administers the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.  The CDBG program is a flexible program that provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs.  The CDBG program provides annual grants on a formula basis to general units of local government and states.


The CDGB program works to ensure decent affordable housing, to provide services to the most vulnerable in our communities, and to create jobs through the expansion and retention of businesses. 


Congress has appropriated $5.481 billion in CDBG funds to Mississippi to assist hurricane recovery efforts. Most of these funds will be used for housing programs that are detailed in the Housing section of this website. The Economic Development Program will utilize $500 million in CDBG for the following purposes:

  • Economic Development ($340 million) - grants and loans to local governments to assist companies create or retain jobs
  • Community Revitalization ($150 million) - rebuilding downtown commercial areas damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Katrina
  • Planning ($10 million) - planning activities in the six coastal counties


The Mississippi Development Authority is accepting applications from local governments for these programs.




Community Development Organizations


The Economic Development Administration (EDA) assists distressed areas by promoting innovation and competitiveness, preparing regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy.  EDA assistance is made available in the form of grants or cooperative agreements. 


EDA eligible applicants are Economic Development Districts; Indian tribes; states; cities or other political subdivisions; institutions of higher education; and public or private nonprofit organizations acting in cooperation with officials of a political subdivision of a state.


EDA’s Public Works program and Economic Adjustment program can provide financial assistance to hurricane-affected communities.  The Public Works program assists distressed areas with grants to revitalize, expand, and upgrade physical infrastructure to attract new industry, encourage expansion and generate and retain private sector jobs and investment.  The Economic Adjustment grants address the needs of communities experiencing diverse changes, including natural disasters and the sudden loss of jobs.


The Southern Mississippi Planning and Development District works closely with EDA and can provide assistance with EDA information.


The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development offers several community development programs. 


The Intermediary Relending Program provides financing for business development in communities with a population of 25,000 or less.


The Rural Business Enterprise Grant Program provides grants to public bodies and nonprofit organizations to finance development of small, emerging private business enterprises. 


The Rural Economic Development Loan Program provides zero interest loans to electric and telephone utilities to relend in rural communities to promote rural economic development and job creation projects. 

The Rural Business Opportunity Grant is designed to fund technical assistance for business and economic planning activities. 


The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development offers the Brownfields Economic Development Initiative (BEDI) to assist cities with the redevelopment of abandoned, idled, and underused industrial and commercial facilities where expansion and redevelopment is burdened by real or potential environmental contamination.


Mississippi Home Corporation provides technical assistance to Community Housing Development Organizations (CDHOs) to develop housing for low and moderate-income families.


The Local Initiatives Support Corporation has created a Community Recovery Fund with the purpose of working with local and national community development partners to support long-term redevelopment and recovery in impacted communities.