The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is a Federal program within the purview of Housing and Urban Development; which provides communities with resources to address a wide range of community development needs. The City of Temple is classified by HUD as an Entitlement Community. As such, the city is allocated annual grant funding to maintain and develop community services for city residents. The city uses CDBG funds for projects that support access to decent housing, suitable living environments and opportunities to expand economic opportunities, principally for low and moderate income persons. From 2010 to 2017, the city has used CDBG funding:
For the implementation of the Housing Improvement Program
To provide HOP bus shelter improvements at various sites
To create pedestrian friendly and safer streetscapes in various areas
To demolish more than 30 blighted structures
To rehabilitate more than a dozen private residences for handicap accessibility
To create or enhance Public Parks with greater resources for the community
In partnership with non-profits, provided services to over 1,500 low and moderate income person through access to child care for working families, workforce readiness training, meals for the elderly and disabled, and assistance to victims of domestic violence.
Partners include many homeowners, public services agencies, city department staff and many local businesses.