How Funds are Used

Federal regulations require that CDBG funds be used for eligible activities that meet one of three national objectives:

  • Benefit to low- and moderate-income persons
  • Aid in the prevention or elimination of slums or blight
  • Meet a need having a particular urgency

The City of Riverside uses its annual CDBG allocation to fund projects and activities undertaken by city departments and community-based non-profit agencies specifically to address the housing and community development needs of low- and moderate-income persons in the City of Riverside.


CDBG funding can be used for a variety of activities to meet HUD statutory goals including but not limited to:



Decent Housing

  • Assisting homeless persons obtain affordable housing
  • Assisting persons at risk of becoming homeless
  • Retention of affordable housing stock
  • Increasing the availability of affordable permanent housing in standard condition to low-income and moderate-income families, particularly to members of disadvantaged minorities without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, familial status, or disability
  • Increasing the supply of supportive housing which includes structural features and services to enable persons with special needs (including persons with HIV/AIDS) to live in dignity and independence; and that is accessible to job opportunities



A Suitable Living Environment

  • Improving the safety and livability of neighborhoods
  • Increasing access to quality public and private facilities and services
  • Reducing the isolation of income groups within areas through spatial deconcentration of housing opportunities for lower income persons and the revitalization of deteriorating neighborhoods
  • Restoring and preserving properties of special historic, architectural, or aesthetic value
  • Conservation of energy resources



Expanded Economic Opportunities

  • Job creation and retention
  • Establishment, stabilization and expansion of small businesses (including micro businesses)
  • The provision of public services concerned with employment
  • The provision of jobs to low-income persons living in areas affected by those programs and activities or jobs resulting from carrying out activities under programs covered by the plan
  • Availability of mortgage financing for low-income persons at reasonable rates using non-discriminatory lending practices
  • Access to capital and credit for development activities that promote the long-term economic and social viability of the community
  • Empowerment and self-sufficiency for low-income persons to reduce generation poverty in federally assisted housing and public housing