Neighborhoods

City of Aiken Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)

How CDBG funds help us

The community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program was enacted into law as part of the 1974 Housing Act and began operations in 1975. It is an entitlement program that provides grant to eligible jurisdictions to utilize in devising flexible and comprehensive neighborhood strategies to prevent physical, economic, and social deterioration in lower-income neighborhoods.

The City of Aiken has been designated by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as an Entitlement Community. This means that each year an application for continuation is completed for submission to HUD and the City of Aiken is able to receive a small allocation of CDBG funds directly from the HUD office..

To best utilize these limited dollars, the City of Aiken develops a five year comprehensive plan to identify community needs. Each year staff and the Community Development Committee recommend to the City Council how to best use CDBG funds to address the needs of low and moderate income neighborhoods.

Over the years some of the funded programs have been:

Demolition Program

This Program targets and inspects overgrown lots and dilapidated abandoned houses in low-and-moderate income neighborhoods as well as scattered sites that are deemed slum and blight. Vacant lots are mowed and cleared of trash and debris. Dilapidated and burned vacant houses are demolished.

Housing – Emergency Repair

Funds for this program are an outright contribution from the City to Owner. The City grants these funds for emergency repairs, made available through the Community Development Block Grant Program to income eligible home owners, for required emergency home repairs. This program is not intended for major renovations; it is for documented emergency repairs only.

Lot Clean Up

This activity involves demolishing dilapidated structures and clearing vacant lots in low-income neighborhoods.

For more information regarding CDBG funding and services, call 803-642-7606.