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Housing and Community Development: Block Grants (CDBG)

20 Centre Street, third floor
Middleborough, MA 02346
(508) 946-2402

Janis K. Akerstrom, Director

Community Development Block Grants

Middleborough competes with hundreds of cities and towns in Massachusetts for State Community Development Block Grant funds (CDBG), provided to the State by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. 

Every year, the State’s Department of Housing and Community Development receives an allocation of these funds to distribute to non-entitlement communities (communities that don’t qualify to receive a direct CDBG allocation from US HUD) in Massachusetts through a competition application process.  The applicant’s project must meet US HUD criteria for meeting one of three national objectives and well as for the eligibility of the type of project.

National Objectives

Each CDBG-funded activity must meet at least one of these three national objectives:

Some examples of CDBG eligible projects include:

Who Can Apply?

Only municipalities can apply for State CDBG funds.

Target Area Map


Past Projects Funded by CDBG

The Town received its most recent CDBG grant in 2013 in the amount of $894,657, used for eligible housing rehabilitation loans and for infrastructure improvements. Other past projects are:

In addition to direct grants from the DHCD, the OECD has received funds from the repayment of Housing Rehab loans, called “Program Income” funds. With these funds, the OECD has created the following programs/projects since 2006:

The Town applies for CDBG funding annually, and when awarded supports local housing and community development initiatives and programs run out of OECD; programs such Housing Rehabilitation, Emergency Housing Repair and sidewalk accessibility improvements.