Community Development Block Grant
Fairfield receives annual funding from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. The purpose of this program is to create viable communities by ensuring decent housing, suitable living environments, and expanded economic opportunities for persons or areas meeting specified low –income thresholds.
Fairfield allocates CDBG funds to programs or activities in accordance with a Five Year Plan which describes the overall needs, resources, priorities, and proposed actions of the community. This plan must be submitted to and approved by HUD.
The Town allocates CDBG funds to programs or activities in accordance with a Five Year Plan, which describes the overall needs, resources, priorities and proposed actions of the community, and must be approved by HUD. The Town formally solicits project proposals once a year in conjunction with its planning and budgeting process. To be considered, projects must benefit persons of low/moderate income, eliminate conditions of slums and/or blight or meet an urgent need within the community, as well as be eligible to receive assistance under federal guidelines. The Town prepares an Annual Action Plan that identifies those projects and activities that it proposes to fund through CDBG for the upcoming year. At the conclusion of each year, the Town must prepare and submit to HUD a report--known as the Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER) --that describes the activities undertaken with CDBG funds for that year and the progress made toward realizing the goals outlined in the Five Year Plan.
To review the Five Year Plan, or to obtain further information about the CDBG Program, please contact the Office of Community Development at 203-256-3120.