Community Development Block Grant


Kathleen Sauseda 
Housing Development Coordinator
Phone: (615) 550-6608
Fax: (615) 791-3217 


The CDBG Program is a federally-funded program that provides annual grants on a formula basis to entitled cities and counties to develop viable urban communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment and, by expanding economic opportunities, principally for low and moderate income persons. The Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) recognized the City of Franklin as an entitlement community in 2006 and the City successfully completed the application requirements beginning with the 2007-08 program year.

CDBG Program Basics

The Department of Housing & Urban Development awards grants to entitlement community grantees to carry out a wide range of community development activities directed toward revitalizing neighborhoods, economic development, and providing improved community facilities and services.

Entitlement communities develop their own programs and funding priorities. However, grantees must give maximum feasible priority to activities which benefit low and moderate income persons. A grantee may also carry out activities which aid in the prevention or elimination of slums or blight. Additionally, grantees may fund activities when the grantee certifies that the activities meet other community development needs having a particular urgency because existing conditions pose a serious and immediate threat to the health or welfare of the community where other financial resources are not available to meet such needs.

CDBG funds may not be used for activities which do not meet these broad national objectives. CDBG funds may be used for activities which include, but are not limited to:

  • acquisition of real property; 
  • relocation and demolition; 
  • rehabilitation of residential and non-residential structures; 
  • construction of public facilities and improvements, such as water and sewer facilities, streets, neighborhood centers, and the conversion of school buildings for eligible purposes; 
  • public services, within certain limits; 
  • activities relating to energy conservation and renewable energy resources; and 
  • provision of assistance to profit-motivated businesses to carry out economic development and job creation/retention activities

Qualifying Requirements

To receive an annual CDBG entitlement grant, the City of Franklin developed and submitted to HUD a Consolidated Plan. The Consolidated Plan is the City’s comprehensive planning document and application for funding under the following Federal Community Planning and Development formula grant programs: CDBG, HOME Investment Partnerships, Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA), and Emergency Shelter Grants (ESG). In our Consolidated Plan, we identified goals for these programs, as well as for other housing programs. The goals serve as the criteria against which HUD will evaluate the City’s performance. Also, the Consolidated Plan includes several required certifications, including that not less than 70% of the CDBG funds received, over a one, two, or three year period will be used for activities that benefit low and moderate income persons and, will affirmatively further fair housing. HUD has approved Franklin’s initial Consolidated Plan and the Plan will need to updated and approved annually, should the City choose to continue in the program. This year, HUD will make the full grant award unless it is determined that the City: (1) has failed to carry out its CDBG-assisted activities in a timely manner; (2) has failed to carry out those activities and its certifications on accordance with the requirements and the primary objectives of Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended, and with other applicable laws; or (3) lacks a continuing capacity to carry out its CDBG-assisted activities in a timely manner.

Find out more about the City's Housing Commission.

Questions & Comments are welcomed and may be forwarded to:
Kathleen Sauseda, Housing Development Coordinator
109 3rd Avenue South
Franklin, TN 37064
(615) 550-6608

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