Community Development Block Grant Eligibility

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires local municipalities which receive Community Development Block Grant (CDBG or CD) formula entitlement funds to use the 2006-2010 American Community Survey (ACS) Low and Moderate Income Summary Data (LMISD) data file to determine where CDBG funds may be used for activities that are available to all the residents in a particular area ("CD area benefit" or "CD-eligible area"). A CD-eligible census tract refers to 2010 census tracts where the area is primarily residential in nature and at least 51.00% of the residents are low- and moderate-income persons as per the LMISD data file. For New York City, a primarily residential area is defined as one where at least 50.00% of the total built floor area is zoned as residential. Low- and moderate-income persons are defined as persons living in households with incomes below 80 percent of the area median household income (AMI). (The New York Primary Metropolitan Statistical Area (PMSA)'s AMI was $63,350 for a 4-person family at the release of the 2006-2010 American Community Survey.)

The floor area percentages have been updated with the most recent floor area data (March 2016). Therefore, the previous version of the Census Tract Eligibility data table, and maps have been superseded.

New York City agencies and not-for-profit organizations who intend to request CD monies to fund area-wide activities which will be undertaken in the current and future City Fiscal Years should use the updated 2010 Census Tract Eligibility data to determine their respective program’s area eligibility. In addition, they are requested to please refer to the PDF Document HUD Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD) Notice CPD-14-11: Transition Policy for Low/Moderate Income Summary Data Updates during Fiscal Year 2014 for the Entitlement Grantees and Non-entitlement Hawaiian County Grantees of the Community Development Block Grant Program which provides instructions on how to properly calculate area eligibility for a service area comprised of multiple census tracts.

Persons who are interested in determining if their household is eligible for CD-funded programs which assist individual households (CD-household eligibility) are requested to please see HUD’s household low-/moderate-income limits for the given year.

Any questions regarding Community Development area eligibility should be directed to:
John Leonard
New York City Office of Management and Budget (OMB)
255 Greenwich Street, 8th Floor
New York, New York 10007
(212) 788-6177

The attached report, Percent of Persons Who Are Low-/Moderate-Income By Census Tract, is used to determine Census Tract Eligibility for New York City’s Community Development Block Grant-funded programs. The report lists by borough for each census tract:

  • the 2010 census tract number;
  • total floor area;
  • residential floor area;
  • percent of floor area zoned as residential;
  • number of potentially low-/moderate-income persons;
  • total number of low-/moderate-income persons;
  • percent of low-/moderate-income persons;
  • and overall CD eligibility.

Excel File CDBG Census Tract Eligibility

The following Borough-based maps show those 2010 census tracts that are considered to be a “CD-eligible census tract” as per the percent of low-/moderate-income persons for the respective census tracts as determined by the City’s Percent of Persons Who Are Low-/Moderate-Income By Census Tract file.

PDF Document Bronx 2010 Eligibility Map (846k)
PDF Document Brooklyn 2010 Eligibility Map (1.9mb)
PDF Document Manhattan 2010 Eligibility Map (787k)
PDF Document Queens 2010 Eligibility Map (1.8mb)
PDF Document Staten Island 2010 Eligibility Map (775k)