The American Samoa Government (ASG) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) is one of three Community Planning and Development (CPD) programs funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). While the Office of the Governor oversees all CPD programs, CDBG is administered by the Department of Commerce (DOC). The CDBG was designed to merge eight categorical grant programs, authorized by the Housing and Community Act of 1974. Since its inception, CDBG funds awarded to American Samoa have produced life-changing developments for numerous families and have provided various upgrades within our island community.
The CDBG program supports American Samoa’s economic growth. Its primary principle is to develop feasible urban communities by creating employment opportunities, provide decent housing and form suitable living environments. In reaching the main purpose, projects must be eligible, cannot be a prohibited activity, and must meet a National Objective. Plans must adhere to federal and local laws and regulations.
CDBG Primary Objectives
Development of viable urban communities, principally for low/moderate persons, through:
- Decent housing
- Suitable living environment
- Expanded economic opportunity