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Community Development Block Grant Program


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
DuncanvilleCombineUniversity Park
Cedar HillCoppellSachse
Glenn HeightsCockrell HillBalch Springs
Farmers BranchLancasterHighland 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 anticipates having $2,284,423 in CDBG funding (of which $2,159,423 is new 2018 funding) and $752,043 in 2018 HOME funding that will be available on October 1, 2018.  The County will be holding two public hearings to discuss how this funding can be allocated.  These two public hearings will be held on: 

  • July 3, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. in the Allen Clemson Courtroom in the County Administration Building (411 Elm Street, Dallas, Texas); and
  • August 7, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. in the Allen Clemson Courtroom in the County Administration Building (411 Elm Street, Dallas, Texas).

At present, the following projects and activities have been proposed:

  • Adams Street Water Improvements (Wilmer)  $282,210
  • 3rd Street Water Improvements (Wilmer)  $104,000
  • Lindenwood, Laurel, and Lyle Street Improvements (Lancaster)  $166,979
  • Fairmeadows Sidewalk Improvements (Duncanville)  $120,370
  • Code Enforcement (Duncanville)  $115,900
  • Hickerson Sewer Improvements (Cedar Hill)  $146,911
  • Havenhurst Water Improvements  (Farmers Branch)  $230,212
  • Code Enforcement (Balch Springs)  $109,939
  • Balch Springs Road Improvements (Balch Springs)  $199,029
  • Bois D'Arc Road Water Improvements (Combine)  $ 39,000
  • Replacement Housing Program   $639,236
  • Community Housing Devlopment Organizations  $112,807
  • Home Loan Counseling Center  $323,913
  • CDBG Administration  $192,309
  • CDBG Engineer  $138,329
  • CDBG Inspector $57,809
  • Replacement Housing Administration  $46,826
  • Indirect Costs  $10,687

The public is greatly encouraged to attend these hearings and/or to provide comments and suggestions regarding how these funds should be used.  If it is not possible to attend one of these hearings and someone has a comment, question or suggestion, please provide this information to Rachel Brown, CDBG Project Coordinator, by August 3, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.  Ms. Brown can be reached at 214.653.6359 or at 411 Elm Street, 3rd floor, Dallas, TX  75202.

Requests for disability accomodations or non-English speaking services at either public hearing can also be directed to Ms. Brown and should be provided at least 48 hours in advance of a desired hearing.

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.