Community development initiative will bring jobs and new businesses to low-income districts

October 3, 2016

Community-based organizations and local neighborhoods will soon benefit from a grant designed to create jobs and improve economic development in low-income areas.

The Office of Community Services at HHS’ Administration for Children and Families is awarding $19.9 million to help 28 organizations implement community economic projects for disadvantaged communities through the Community Economic Development (CED) program.

CED programs will allow local, nonprofit and community-development corporations to apply for up to $800,000 for commercial and retail opportunities and equity investments. Companies can also use the funding to apply for loans to start a new business or expand a current business.

Quick Facts

  • In total, the CED grant program is expected to generate or expand 86 businesses in local communities and create 1,000 new full-time positions.
  • Of the 1,000 new jobs, 754 will be filled by individuals with low-incomes.
  • The CED program is estimated to leverage over $67.8 million in public and private funding.


“The Community Economic Development program provides crucial funding to help businesses around the country create economic opportunity for individuals with low-incomes. Creating good jobs is critical to many aspects of a family’s well-being.”
— Jeannie Chaffin, Director, Office of Community Services


Administration for Children & Families
Office of Communications
330 C Street, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20201

Phone: (202) 401-9215
Fax: (202) 205-9688

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