Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds originate at the federal level in the Housing & Urban Development (HUD) department. CDBG funds are then distributed to the State of Ohio throught the Office of Community Development. OCD then distributes the funds statewide on an annual basis through a formula allocation. This formula allocation is calculated using a formula, population counts, and unemployment estimates. These objectives are:
- Assist an area with a population of at least 51% low and moderate-income persons. A project could consist of road resurfacing, the installation of sewer/water lines or ADA restrooms.
- Eliminate slum and blight. This type of project would target an area of the community that is particularly deteriorated and needs restoration.
During the spring of each year, notices are sent to each community in Erie County allowing the jurisdiction to submit a proposal for CDBG funding. Once all proposals are received, two public hearings are held with the County Commissioners to determine which projects have the highest priority; therefore, projects meeting one of the national objectives and having a high priority are usually funded.