We aren't always aware of the programs available to us through the City and the Government.  But if you need help, you should really look into it, you'd be surprised what you find.  In fact, since 1875, there has been the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) in place that has provided local governments with resources to help people with low and moderate income.

Mayor Don Ness will proclaim Thursday, April 12, 2012 Community Development Day at a public event at 10:30 am at the Memorial Community Center, located at Laura MacArthur Elementary School, 720 North Central Avenue. The event is free and open to the public.

In the city of Duluth, CDBG funds have helped in the areas of housing, public services, economic development, and public facilities. From 2005 through 2011 the City of Duluth received $20,769, 238 in CDBG funds, which were used to leverage additional funds

from other federal programs, foundations, self-generated fees, donations, and private donors for a total investment of $110,181,039 into the city of Duluth.  The CDBG funds have been used to assist 656 property owners in rehabilitating their homes, build 91 housing units for individuals with  disabilities, provided health services for 30,498 individuals, provided 72,341 meals to persons who are homeless, constructed 9,177 feet of accessible sidewalks, assisted a number of small businesses and provided employment opportunities. In addition, the CDBG program is a successful economic engine for the city by fueling job creation and retention.

View the 2012 Action Plan [here].

Info via: City of Duluth Press Release