CDBG Laws and Regulations

The rules and regulations governing the activities of the CDBG Program include the Laws as enacted by Congress and the Regulations created by HUD to achieve the result prescribed by the Laws. HUD provides guidance on the CDBG Program through CPD Notices and Policy Memoranda.

  1. Laws
  2. Regulations


When Congress passed the Housing and Community Development (HCD) Act of 1974, it broke down the barriers of prevailing practice -- where under separate categorical programs, the Federal Government had made the decisions about every community development project undertaken by cities. The HCD Act departed from this model by creating the CDBG Program. CDBG merged seven categorical programs into a block of flexible community development funds distributed each year by a formula that considers population and measures of distress including poverty, age of housing, housing overcrowding, and growth lag. Grantees now determine what activities they will fund as long as certain requirements are met, including that each activity is eligible and will meet one of the three broad national objectives of the program.

  • Sec. 5301 - Congressional findings and declaration of purpose
  • Sec. 5302 - Definitions
  • Sec. 5303 - Grants to States, units of general local government and Indian tribes; authorizations
  • Sec. 5304 - Statement of activities and review
  • Sec. 5305 - Activities eligible for assistance
  • Sec. 5306 - Allocation and distribution of funds
  • Sec. 5307 - Special purpose grants
  • Sec. 5308 - Guarantee of loans for acquisition of property
  • Sec. 5309 - Nondiscrimination in programs and activities
  • Sec. 5310 - Labor standards; rate of wages; exceptions; enforcement powers
  • Sec. 5311 - Remedies for noncompliance with community development requirements
  • Sec. 5312 - Use of grants for settlement of outstanding urban renewal loans of units of general local government
  • Sec. 5313 - Reporting requirements
  • Sec. 5314 - Consultation by Secretary with other Federal departments, etc
  • Sec. 5315 - Interstate agreements or compacts; purposes
  • Sec. 5316 - Transition provisions
  • Sec. 5317 - Liquidation of superseded or inactive programs
  • Sec. 5318 - Urban development action grants
  • Sec. 5318a - John Heinz Neighborhood Development Program. (This section is not included)
  • Sec. 5319 - Fair Participation for Small Communities
  • Sec. 5320 - Historic preservation requirements
  • Sec. 5321- Suspension of requirements for disaster areas