Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)


The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program was created in 1974 under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act.  The primary objective of this federal grant program is to develop viable urban communities.  This is achieved by providing decent housing, public facilities and improvements, public services, suitable living environments, and expanding economic opportunities specifically for low-and-moderate income individuals and families.

The City of Hagerstown is recognized as an entitlement grantee under the CDBG program and as such receives an annual allocation of funds from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  As the only regional entitlement community and lead agency, the City of Hagerstown's Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) prepares the Consolidated Plan, a five (5) year strategy supported by annual action plans, to develop a unified vision and approach to best meet the goals of the CDBG program.

Philosophy and Strategy

The City of Hagerstown's CDBG program focuses on visible and impactful community development projects.  Activities are carried out to revitalize the City's urban core, to enhance neighborhoods throughout the City, and improve the quality of life for all City residents.  All CDBG activities are outlined in the Annual Action Plan and are implemented by city staff or community partners who are subrecipients of CDBG funds.

CDBG Notices

Review Plans & Reports

In order to develop sustainable programming, the Department of Community and Economic Development relies on citizen participation. We provide citizens with the opportunity to review our Action Plan and Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER). The department also periodically posts Public Hearing notices and information on public services requests for funding.

FY 2019 - 2020 Income Limits

The Department of Housing and Urban Development sets income limits that determine eligibility for CDBG funded projects including public service activities and housing rehabilitation programs.  In order to document that public service providers and/or housing program applicants meet HUD's national objective of benefiting low-to-moderate income persons the following income limits have been defined for the 2019-2020 Fiscal Year:

Hagerstown, MD HUD Metro FMR Area
               1 - Person 2 - Person 3 - Person 4 - Person 5 - Person 6 - Person 7 - Person 8 - Person
Extremely Low $15, 850 $18,100 $20,350 $22,600 $24,450 $26,250 $28,050 $29,850
Low $26,400 $30,150 $33,900 $37,650 $40,700 $43,700 $46,700 $49,700
Moderate $42,200 $48,200 $54,250 $60,250 $65,100 $69,990 $74,750 $79,550