The City of Royal Oak's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is authorized under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended. The primary objective of Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended, is the development of viable urban communities.
These viable communities are achieved by providing the following, principally for persons of low and moderate income: decent housing; a suitable living environment; and expanded economic opportunities. To achieve these goals, the CDBG regulations set forth eligible activities and the national objectives that each activity must meet. As recipients of CDBG funds, grantees are charged with ensuring these requirements are met.
Due to population thresholds, the City of Royal Oak's CDBG program is regarded as an Entitlement Program under the federal CDBG program. As a recipient of federal CDBG funds, the city is free to select those activities that best meet the needs of the community, in accordance with the national objectives and requirements of the CDBG program.
Since 2005, the city's Rehabilitation Board of Appeals has been advising the City Commission on annual requests for CDBG funds and recommends CDBG related priorities to the City Commission. Day-to-day program administration functions are directed by the Planning Division of the Community Development Department.