Community Development

Introduction to CDBG

The City of San Marcos Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program is financed through funds that the City receives from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on an annual basis.

The primary objective of the program is the development of viable urban communities. These viable communities are achieved by providing the following, principally for persons of low and moderate income:

  1. Decent housing
  2. Expanded economic opportunities
  3. A suitable living environment

CDBG grantees (cities) are responsible for assuring that each eligible activity meets one of three national objectives:

  • Benefit to low and moderate income persons;
  • Aid in the prevention or elimination of slums or blight; and
  • Meet a need having a particular urgency (referred to as urgent need)

Local CDBG programming is developed via a 5 Year Consolidated Plan planning document that guides the use of CDBG funds over a 5 year cycle and  establishes local priority needs. 

The City of San Marcos receives funding based on annual formula allocations (Entitlement Funding) as well special funding based on emergency declarations for natural disasters (Disaster Recovery, Mitigation) and health emergency response (COVID-19).