The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) is a federal grant program that allocates funds to over 1,200 cities and counties throughout the country. For the past ten years this funding has decreased. The goal of the CDBG Priority Task Force therefore, is to focus CDBG resources in a complementary way to create a comprehensive community impact and make a visible difference in the eligible neighborhoods. The Task Force first convened in 2008 and again in 2012 to set program priorities for this crucial source of funds for the City of Portland. This Task Force is expected to convene again in 2017.
2012 CDBG PRIORITY TASK FORCE
The 2012 CDBG Priority Task Force was asked to re-evaluate the current CDBG priorities in order to focus the funds in an environment of diminishing resources. Their recommendation was to create a Sustainable Workforce Development Program that would move Portland residents out of poverty into sustained employment and financial stability, a charge that was picked up by the CDBG Working Group of 2013.
Frank Gallagher, Chair
2008 CDBG PRIORITY TASK FORCE
The 2008 CDBG Priority Task Force was charged with the task of reviewing priorities, researching needs within the community, and recommending priorities for allocating annual CDBG funding. They determined that the goal of any CDBG funded projects should be to build strong, self-sustaining neighborhoods. With this goal in mind, the recommended that all programs and projects should:
1. Be Consistent & Coordinated with HUD requirements, city objectives, plans, goals and other CDBG or HOME investments.
2. Have a Measurable Community Impact
3. Focus on a targeted Location
4. Promote Diversity & Inclusiveness
5. Give Priority to the Lowest Income Persons in the city
6. Leverage Funding
7. Promote Sustainability
Furthermore, all programs should fall into one of the following categories: Housing
Work & Shop
Mobility & Accessibility
Committee Members Anna T. Collins, Co-Chair
Denis Lachman, Co-Chair