Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program

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Purpose & Objectives

The primary purpose of the Housing and Community Development Act is development of viable communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment and expanding economic opportunities principally for low and moderate income persons. Each activity carried out with CDBG funds must meet one of the three broad National Objectives:

  • Benefit low and moderate income persons
  • Aid in the prevention or elimination of slums and blight
  • Meet other community development needs having a particular urgency because existing conditions pose a serious or immediate threat to health.

West Allis CDBG Program

The City of West Allis receives an annual allocation of CDBG funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development based on the population of Low-to Moderate Income individuals utilizing Census data. Each year, an annual plan specifying the allocation of CDBG funds is developed following a solicitation period for activities and the formation of a recommended Annual Plan by an appointed Citizen Block Grant Committee. The plan generally allocates funds to local activities, including economic development, public works improvements, public services and housing rehabilitation projects.

Information regarding West Allis's FY 2024 Block Grant application is available here:

Eligible Activities 

A variety of activities or projects may be undertaken with CDBG funding. Proposed activities must meet one of the three broad National Objectives listed above and also be "eligible" under Part 570, Sections 201-206 of the Federal Regulations. Examples of eligible activities include: property acquisition, construction of public facilities, clearance and demolition activities, parking facilities, special economic development assistance, public services, commercial and housing rehabilitation, planning and program administration and redevelopment and relocation.

Ineligible Activities 

Projects that cannot be carried out using CDBG funds include: construction or rehabilitation of buildings (or portions thereof) used predominantly for the general conduct of government, general government expenses, political activities, purchase of equipment and operating and maintenance expenses in connection with public facilities.

 Adopted Plans, Reports & Applications

Please contact Community Development Division at 414-302-8460 with any questions or for technical support.