Cobb County Government

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)

CDBG was created in 1974 and is authorized under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974.  CDBG funds support projects aimed at serving the needs of low and moderate income Cobb County residents.  CBDG funds have been used in the past to build or renovate buildings, to support operating costs for local non-profit agencies, and microenterprise (employment/entrepreneurial training) activities.  Funds must be used to benefit low and moderate income persons which can include presumed low and moderate income persons such as elderly persons, homeless persons, disabled adults, abused children, battered persons, illiterate adults, persons living with AIDS, and migrant farm workers.  


HOME Investment Partnerships Act (HOME)

The HOME Program was created by the National Affordable Housing Act of 1990 (NAHA). HOME program funds are used to increase access to affordable housing for low and moderate income individuals and families in Cobb County.   HOME program funds have been used for homebuyer activities such as down payment assistance as well as acquisition and development of new affordable housing.

Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG)

The Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) is a formula grant authorized by the HEARTH Act of 2009. The primary objective of the ESG Program is to assist people in quickly regaining stability in permanent housing after experiencing a housing crisis and/or homelessness.  The ESG program provides assistance to non-profits operating emergency shelters.  ESG funds can be used to operate shelter facilities, provide essential social services such as transportation, and provide homelessness prevention and rapid re-housing assistance.

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Community Services Block Grant (CSBG)

CSBG was created by the Federal Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1981. CSBG funding supports projects that lessen poverty in communities; address the needs of low-income individuals including the homeless, migrants and the elderly; and provide services and activities addressing employment, education, better use of available income, housing, nutrition, emergency services and/or health. The Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) provides funds to alleviate the causes and conditions of poverty in communities.   

CSBG Application [PDF]

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Emergency Food & Shelter Program (EFSP)

The Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) was authorized in 1983 under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. EFSP is administered by United Way from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).  The primary objective of the EFSP Program is to supplement and expand ongoing efforts to provide shelter, food, and supportive services.

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Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program

JAG Program funds are administered by the Department of Justice.  JAG provides states, tribes, and local governments with critical funding necessary to support a range of program areas including law enforcement, prosecution/courts, crime prevention/education, corrections/community corrections, drug treatment/enforcement, planning, evaluation, technology improvement, and crime victim and witness initiatives.

Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP)

The Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) was established by Congress for the purpose of stabilizing communities that have suffered from foreclosures and abandonment. Through the purchase and redevelopment of foreclosed and abandoned homes and residential properties, the goal of the program has been realized throughout Cobb County. 

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