Collections > Carolina Planning Journal > Carolina Planning Vol. 9.1: North Carolina's Small Cities > Improving Rural Housing by Changing the Small Cities CDBG Regs

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program is one of the few remaining federal sources of assistance available to local governments in their efforts to improve housing conditions. The Small Cities component of CDBG is intended for smaller urban and rural areas. Unfortunately, as presently designed and administered by the North Carolina Department of Natural Resources and Community Development (NRCD), the State's Small Cities program excludes a portion of the very needy — those people who live in substandard housing outside incorporated areas.