Updated May 22, 2020


The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act has appropriated $5 billion in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding to assist the nation’s communities with bolstering their COVID-19 response and relief efforts to help low-income families and vulnerable citizens.

Additional guidance and a funding agreement from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will provide the state with more insight on how these funds may be able to help local governments respond to COVID-19 and the impacts it has caused.

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, the state of Florida’s administrator of CDBG, is actively planning and will work diligently to implement the legislation once HUD issues further guidance and funding becomes available for distribution.

Summary of Funding:

Congress Appropriated: $5 billion
Nationwide Distribution Total: $3 billion
Florida’s Allocation Total: $154.7 million

Funding Details:

  • On April 2, 2020, HUD announced that it will make available $3 billion of the $5 billion appropriated by Congress.
  • On April 21, 2020, HUD allocated $2 billion nationwide using the Fiscal Year 2020 funding formula.
  • On May 11, 2020, HUD allocated $1 billion nationwide directly to the states using a funding formula that considered factors such as public health, transmission risk, number of cases compared with national average, economic and housing market disruptions, and other factors determined by the HUD secretary.

Florida’s Allocation - $154.7 million

  • State Administered - $79.7 million:
    • $63 million to the state to administer in entitlement and non-entitlement communities.
    • $16.7 million to the state to administer in non-entitlement communities (Small Cities CDBG Program).
  • Local Government Administered 
    • $75 million directly to entitlement communities (will not go through the state program).
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