Projects under the CDBG program must address one of three national objectives established by Housing and Urban Development (HUD). These national objectives are:
- Low Mod Benefit: The activity must benefit low- and moderate-income persons but such activities cannot benefit moderate-income persons to the exclusion of low-income persons. 70% of all Pinal County CDBG funds must fall within this category. Eligible activities fall into one of the following four categories:
- Area-wide Benefit - benefits low- to moderate-income persons residing in an area in which 51% of the residents are considered low- to moderate-income.
- Limited Clientele Benefit - provides benefits to a target group (as identified by CDBG) that is assumed to be 51% low- to moderate-income. These target groups are abused children, persons with disabilities, children, elderly persons (age 62 and up), battered spouses, homeless persons (an adult without children or a youth not accompanied by an adult), adults with severe disabilities (age 16 and up), illiterate persons, persons living with AIDS and migrant farm workers.
- Housing - assistance to improve residential structures or assistance to purchase homes for qualified persons who individually meet the low to moderate-income requirements.
- Job Creation or Retention - economic development assistance, in which the end result creates or retains permanent jobs, at least 51% of which are held by or will be made available to low- to moderate-income persons.
- Slum/Blight: The activity must aid in the prevention or elimination of slums or blight. Example projects - demolition and clearance, downtown redevelopment plan, code enforcement, commercial rehabilitation.
- Urgent Need: The activity meets other community development needs having particular urgency, which pose a serious and immediate threat to the health or welfare of the community. Example projects - demolition and clearance, commercial rehabilitation, housing rehabilitation.