The City of Tustin participates in the Federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. The Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 created a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program to return federal funds to local communities for the purpose of creating housing and other necessary community revitalization activities.
The program provides annual grants on a formula basis to entitled cities and counties to develop viable urban communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment, and by expanding economic opportunities, principally for low and moderate-income persons (generally defined as members of a family earning no more than 80% of the area median income).
The City of Tustin became an entitlement community (a community with a population of 50,000 or more persons) in 1994. As an entitlement community, the City receives approximately $820,000 annually to allocate to activities such as:
Assistance to businesses to carry out economic development and job creation/retention activities
Improvements to public facilities, public services activities, and fair housing services