Community Block Grants

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), one of the longest-running programs of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, funds local community development activities such as affordable housinganti-poverty programs, and infrastructure development. CDBG, like other block grant programs, differ from categorical grants, made for specific purposes, in that they are subject to less federal oversight and are largely used at the discretion of the state and local governments and their subgrantees.

CDBG funds are allocated to more than 1,100 local and state governments on a formula basis, at $4.7 billion in FY2005. Larger cities and urban counties, called “entitlement communities,” are required to prepare and submit a “Consolidated Plan” that establishes goals for the use of CDBG funds. Grantees are also required to hold public meetings to solicit input from the community, ensuring that proposed projects are aligned with the community’s most urgent needs.

Proposed CDBG projects must be consistent with broad national priorities for CDBG: activities that benefit low- and moderate-income people, the prevention or elimination of slums or blight, or other community development activities to address an urgent threat to health or safety. CDBG funds may be used for community development activities (such as real estate acquisition, relocation, demolition, rehabilitation of housing and commercial buildings), construction of public facilities and improvements (such as water, sewer, and other utilities, street paving, and sidewalks), construction and maintenance of neighborhood centers, and the conversion of school buildings, public services, and economic development and job creation/retention activities. CDBG funds can also be used for preservation and restoration of historic properties in low-income neighborhoods.

From Wikipedia


CDBG Commission

Name Phone Term Ends
Virginia Ball 2018
Thomas Walsh 2018
Chris Bennett 2019
Vickie Johnson 2019
Russ Bird 2019
Brayden Santo 2017
Ken Ransom 2019
Steven Downs 801.229.7115 Administrator
Jennifer Sisoutham 801.229.7025 Clerical

This commission is an advisory commission to involve Orem residents in the process of deciding where and how the community development block grant money is spent. The commission gathers citizen input and advises the city council on its findings.

Meets as needed.

7 Members – 2 year terms
Appt. by Mayor & City Council