Community Development Block Grant

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program was enacted into law as part of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974. It is a formula-allocated program that provides grants to eligible grantees, meaning cities with populations over 50,000 people, urban counties with more than 200,000 people, and states (states are responsible for administering the program for small cities, rural counties, and unincorporated jurisdictions).


CDBG’s main purpose is to provide decent, safe and sanitary housing, a suitable living environment, and economic opportunities to low- and moderate-income (defined as households not exceeding 50% of the median income of the area) and moderate-income (defined as less than 80% of the area median income) people.

To this day, CDBG remains the principal source of revenue for localities to utilize in devising flexible and comprehensive neighborhood strategies to prevent physical, economic, and social deterioration in lower-income neighborhoods and communities throughout the nation.

Entitlement City

Murfreesboro became a CDBG entitlement city in 1984. The city’s block grant is administered by the Community Development Department. View the accomplishments you have helped reach since 1984:
  • Since 1984, your federal tax dollars have helped more than 275 first-time home buyers realize the American dream of home ownership.
  • Since 1984, you have helped rehabilitate more than 225 homeowners remedy substandard living conditions through the Housing Rehabilitation Program.
  • Since 1984, you have helped your neighbors by supporting a wide variety of programs which provide services to city residents from our youngest children to our elderly.

Community Development Block Grant

In the 2018-2019 program year, Murfreesboro is receiving a CDBG grant of $805,736. Your Community Development Department leverages your federal money with state and local resources, both public and private, to stretch the available funding to cover more programs, more projects, and more people than ever before.

Public Service Grants

In addition, for the 2018-2019 program year, 13 organizations and agencies are receiving Public Service Grants totaling $132,224

Public Hearings

A minimum of two hearings for public input on the annual Community Development Block Grant and the Action Plan are conducted each year. The first of two hearings is typically held in early March, and the second hearing in early April, usually at Patterson Park Community Center.