STEP 1: Identify specific communities in your jurisdiction where code enforcement activities meet a CDBG national objective.
In order to qualify for CDBG funding, the code enforcement activity must meet one of the program's National Objectives. These objectives include:
- Benefit to low- and moderate-income persons
- Prevention or elimination of slum/blight
- Activities designed to meet community development needs having a particular urgency
HUD has a produced a detailed guide on meeting a National Objective.
STEP 2: Identify the appropriate CDBG contact person in your community.
As CDBG grants can be given to cities, counties or states, it is important to identify who is responsible for administering the program in your community. Several years ago, HUD created a list of CBDG program contacts by state. Additionally, on HUD's website you can identify CDBG grantees and their primary contacts in your state. On this website, choose the “View Organization by Program” option and select “CDBG: Community Development Block Grant Program.” This will pull up a list of CDBG grantees which you can then refine by state.
Step 3: Work with your program administrator to make code enforcement part of its CDBG work plan?
All CDBG grantees are required to present to HUD work plans with detailed explanations of how they intend to use these Federal funds in their communities. Every few years, the CDBG grantee complete what is known as a Consolidated Plan. The Consolidated Plan is carried out through Annual Action Plans, which provide a concise summary of the actions, activities, and the specific federal and non-federal resources that will be used each year to address the priority needs and specific goals identified by the Consolidated Plan. Every community carries out this planning process differently. Work with your CDBG program administrator to become part of your community's annual action plan.
Step 4: Maintain good records
As with all Federal funds, it is important to maintain good records of how these funds are used. For CDBG code enforecement activities, it is important to keep records that show how the funds were used to benefit an area covered by one of the national objectives as well as specfically how the funds were spent.