The Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) requires that each activity must principally benefit low- and moderate income persons in order to be funded from CDBG funds. The easiest way to determine this, which is acceptable to HUD, is to use the census information that they provide to determine the income characteristics of the beneficiaries within the service area of a particular project.
HUD has also made a determination that Atlantic County is an "exception grantee" and that the minimum percentage of low and moderate income persons that must reside in the service area for a project to qualify is 42.19%. The smallest area that they will accept is a "block group". The maps identify each block group in each municipality. Those block groups that contain at least 42.19% low-mod residents (total Low/Mod persons divided by the Low/Mod universe information provided by HUD) are highlighted in blue.
When the municipalities and their engineers are identifying potential projects and we are qualifying them, the maps provide a visualization that is invaluable. If the beneficiaries within the service area meet the 42.19%, the project is eligible for funding. Each project file must contain documentation that identifies how that determination was made. If the determination was made based on the census info, copies of the maps are included