Low- and moderate-income persons (generally defined as members of a family earning no more than 80% of the area median income) benefit most directly and most often from CDBG-funded activities. Portsmouth must use at least 70% of CDBG funds for activities that principally benefit low- and moderate-income persons.
Portsmouth may use CDBG funds for activities that include (but are not limited to):
- Reconstructing or rehabilitating housing and other property. From homeless shelters to single-family homes and from playgrounds to shopping centers, CDBG can enable us to improve properties that have become less usable, whether due to age, neglect, natural disaster, or changing needs. New construction of housing is allowed only in certain circumstances.
- Building public facilities and improvements, such as streets, sidewalks, sewers, water systems, community and senior citizen centers, and recreational facilities.
- Assisting for-profit businesses for special economic development activities. Such projects might include micro-enterprise loans to low-income entrepreneurs, assembling land to attract new industry, or business expansion loans to help retain existing businesses that employ low-income workers.
- Providing public services for youths, seniors, or the disabled. These might include day care centers, youth services, meals on wheels for the elderly, health care facilities, transportation, or counseling.
- Paying for planning and administrative expenses, such as costs related to developing a Consolidated Plan and managing CDBG funds.
For more information, please contact the Community Development Department by email or calling (740) 354-5673.