Orange County Government Planning, Environmental and Development Services Department PIO

Orange County Celebrates 50th Anniversary of the Community Development Block Grant Program

Orange County, FL — Orange County is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships programs. The yearlong celebration kicked off on March 26th when the Orange County Commission read a proclamation declaring National Community Development Block Grant Week.

Over the past five years in Orange County, the programs have funded the rehabilitation of more than 1,000 rental units, provided rental assistance to hundreds of households, built new community centers and health clinics, boosted the supply of affordable housing, and much more.

“CDBG has improved so many lives in Orange County,” said Mitchell Glasser, the manager of Orange County’s Housing and Community Development Division. “The program allows flexibility in the use of funds, encouraging partnerships and leveraging funding with other entities sharing our vision for equity and affordable housing. There is much to celebrate about CDBG this year.”

The CDBG program, authorized by the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, provides dollars to develop viable urban communities by ensuring decent housing and a suitable living environment. HOME program funds support affordable rental housing development, direct rental assistance, housing rehabilitation, and home purchase assistance.

Both programs target assistance to low-income households. In 1975, one year after the CDBG program was enacted, Orange County received its first CDBG allocation of $893,500. Most recently, the County has been receiving an annual allocation of approximately $7M in CDBG funds and $3M in HOME funds.

About Orange County Government: Orange County Government strives to serve its residents and guests with integrity, honesty, fairness and professionalism. Located in Central Florida, Orange County includes 13 municipalities and is home to world-famous theme parks, one of the nation’s largest convention centers and a thriving life science research park. Seven elected members make up the Board of County Commissioners, including the Mayor, who is elected countywide. For more information, please visit or go to Orange County Government’s social media channels.

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