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A number of online resources are available for both Federal and State of Rhode Island community development initiatives.  Below, please find some of our recommended sites:


  • Housing and Urban Development's CDBG Program - Community Development activities include many different programs that provide assistance to a wide variety of grantees. Begun in 1974, the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) is one of the oldest programs in HUD. The CDBG program provides annual grants on a formula basis to many different types of grantees through several programs.
  • HOME Program - HOME is the largest Federal block grant to State and local governments designed exclusively to create affordable housing for low-income households. Each year it allocates approximately $2 billion among the States and hundreds of localities nationwide.
  • Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) Program - The HOPWA Program was established by HUD to address the specific needs of persons living with HIV/AIDS and their families. HOPWA makes grants to local communities, States, and nonprofit organizations for projects that benefit low income persons medically diagnosed with HIV/AIDS and their families.
  • Community Renewal - Review the $22 Billion tax-incentive package to open new businesses, provide thousands of new jobs, rehab and build new housing, and change lives in urban and rural areas throughout the nation.
  • Integrated Disbursement & Information System (IDIS) - IDIS is the draw down and reporting system for the four CPD formula grant programs: CDBG, HOME, ESG, and HOPWA. The system allows grantees to request their grant funding from HUD and report on what is accomplished with these funds.
  • HUDVet Resource Center - The HUD Veteran Resource Center (HUDVET) was created for you as a result of a unique partnership between National Veteran Service Organizations and HUD. This directory is designed to increase your knowledge of and participation in the wide variety of HUD homeless assistance programs and services for veterans and other individuals who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
  • Real Estate Acquisition and Relocation - In this site you will find useful information and resources to implement HUD funded programs and projects in accordance with the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970 (Uniform Act) and other HUD requirements. The Uniform Act provides important protections and assistance for people affected by the acquisition, rehabilitation, or demolition of real property for Federal or federally funded projects. This law was enacted by Congress to ensure that people whose real property is acquired, or who move as a direct result of projects receiving Federal funds, are treated fairly and equitably and receive assistance in moving from the property they occupy.
  • Local CPD Information - Do you want to see CPD information specifically about your state? You can have direct access to everything from CDBG Grantees to HOME Contacts to HOPWA Data Cleanup. You can also see different HUD "Good Stories" of projects and programs that are working in communities within that state. HyperFAQ - The purpose of the HyperFAQ is to assist you in finding content that is relevant to your interests based on a simple question-and-answer system.
  • Glossary - A detailed selection of community development terms and concepts.

State of Rhode Island 

  • State Administered CDBG - Since States are in the best position to know and to respond to the needs of local governments, Congress amended the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 (HCD Act) in 1981 to give each State the opportunity to administer CDBG funds for non-entitlement areas.
  • Community Development - State of Rhode Island - The primary purpose of this section is the development of viable urban communities by providing decent housing, a suitable living environment and expanding economic opportunity; principally for persons of low and moderate income.
  • Small Cities Community Development Block Grant Program - The State of Rhode Island, Municipal Affairs, Community Development administers the Community Development Block Grant Program for those communities which do not receive awards directly from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).