Managing Subrecipients of CDBG Grantees
Many American neighborhoods need help to create the economic and social conditions that foster individual and family well-being. These are communities that may lack affordable housing; thriving businesses; high-quality infrastructure; adequate health, recreational, cultural, and educational facilities; and other elements of supportive neighborhoods. To help improve conditions in these neighborhoods, city and county governments have created community development programs, which aim to enlist the participation of many public and private actors needed to help make conditions better.
The federal government supports these local efforts, primarily through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. Operated by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the program allocates funding to municipal and county governments to carry out affordable housing, economic development, social services, public works, and other programs. Some of these activities are highly specialized and must be carried out by public agencies with the expertise and programs needed to design and implement them effectively. Other activities benefit from the in-depth knowledge of communities that nonprofit agencies often have. For this reason, units of general local government that receive CDBG funds sometimes delegate the job of implementing CDBG-funded programs to other agencies.