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Community Development Block Grant Program
Planning and Development

The County receives about $2 million each year from HUD to operate a community development block grant (CDBG) program in its unincorporated area and in the fifteen following cities with populations of less than 50,000:

Participating Cities
Duncanville Combine University Park
Cedar Hill Coppell Sachse
Glenn Heights Cockrell Hill Balch Springs
Seagoville Hutchins Wilmer
Farmers Branch Lancaster Highland Park

The CDBG program was created by Congress in 1974 to assist neighborhoods.  Its funding can be used for a wide variety of purposes as long as the projects either eradicate blight, principally benefit low/moderate income people, or eliminate a community-threatening condition.


About 65% of the County's funding is allocated to its participating cities using a formula that takes into account a city's population and the percentage of it that is low/moderate income.   The cities typically use this funding for code enforcement and to reconstruct streets, renovate parks, and install new water/sewer lines.


20% of the County's CDBG funding is used to operate the program and to manage its various projects (at any time, the program is usually funding about twenty different projects or activities).  The remaining 15% of the County's CDBG funding is used to operate a Home Loan Counseling Center which assists low/moderate income people who are interested in buying a home.

Dallas County Begins  30-Day Public Comment Period for Proposed Reallocation of CDBG Funding in Lancaster

Dallas County has begun a 30-day public comment period so that the public can consider the proposed reallocation of $110,906 in CDBG funding in Lancaster.

The reallocation has been proposed so that the County can reconstruct Lindenwood Drive, including curb and gutter, from about Johns Avenue to Dewberry Boulevard.  A map of the project area is attached.  Twenty-two homes abut this portion of Lindenwood, and 64% of the residents are considered to be of low/moderate income. 

The $110,906 would be used to supplement $99,094 in CDBG funding that was previously provided for this project.  $52,851.20 of the $110,906 would be reallocated from unused CDBG funds previously allocated for demolition in Lancaster.  The other $58,054.80 would be reallocated from the Percy Street reconstruction project (also in Lancaster) which is not yet underway.

Bids for the reconstruction of Lindenwood Drive have been received, and the County is prepared to immediately award the contract if additional funds can be provided. It is believed that reallocating the proposed funds is the most expedient option for continuing with this project as the city is not scheduled to receive additional CDBG funding until October 1, 2018.  

This thirty-day comment period will continue until 4:00 p.m. on June 5, 2017.  Interested individuals and parties are encouraged to submit questions, comments, and suggestions about this proposed reallocation to Rachel Brown, CDBG Project Coordinator, by mail at 411 Elm Street, 3rd floor, Dallas, TX  75202, by telephone at (214) 653-6359, or by email at

By virtue of its participation in the CDBG program, the County also receives about $500,000 of HOME funding and $100,000 of Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funding each year.   The County's HOME funding is used to support both the Home Loan Counseling Center and the CDBG program's neighborhood improvement focus.  The Counseling Center uses its HOME funding to provide closing cost and down-payment assistance to low/moderate-income homebuyers; for more information about the down-payment assistance program, please call (214) 819-6060.




The CDBG program uses its HOME funding to operate a replacement housing program which demolishes owner--occupied low/moderate-income homes that are too dilapidated to be economically repaired and replaces them with newly-constructed homes of about 1000 square feet. For more information about this program, please call Karen Wavada at (214) 653-7627.

The County’s ESG funds are used to provide assistance to homeless organizations. For more information about this funding, please call Rachel Brown at (214) 653-6359.