Community Development

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is a flexible federal program that provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs. The City of Central Falls normally receives around $300,000 in funding annually through the CDBG program.

CDBG Application and Award Resources

Each year, the Office of Planning and Economic Development of the City of Central Falls applies to the State government of Rhode Island for CDBG funding. A State committee assesses the application and makes recommendations for funding. The Governor of Rhode Island approves these funding recommendations and sends funding award letters to the City of Central Falls. Below are the City of Central Falls' CDBG application summaries and award letters from recent years. 

  Application Summary Award Letter
  2009 Application Summary 2009 Award Letter
  2010 Application Summary 2010 Award Letter
  2011 Application Summary 2011 Award Letter
  2012 Application Summary 2012 Award Letter
  2013 Application Summary 2013 Award Letter
  2014 Application Summary 2014 Award Letter









Housing discrimination is not only illegal, it contradicts in every way the principles of freedom and opportunity we treasure as Americans. 

The department of Housing and Urban Development enforces the Fair Housing Act and other federal laws that prohibit discrimination and the intimidation of people in nearly all housing transactions. Equal access to housing and homeownership opportunities is the cornerstone of this nation’s federal housing policy. Landlords who discriminate are violating federal law, and HUD will vigorously pursue them.

Q: What does HUD stand for?

A: HUD stands for US Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) is within HUD and ensures the Fair Housing Act is faithfully executed.

Q: What is the Fair Housing Act?

A: Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 (Fair Housing Act), as amended, prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental, and financing of dwellings, and in other housing-related transactions, based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status (including children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians, pregnant women, and people securing custody of children under the age of 18), and handicap (disability)

 Q: What housing is covered?

A: The Fair Housing Act covers most housing.


  • owner-occupied buildings with no more than four units,
  • single-family housing sold or rented without the use of a broker,
  • housing operated by organizations and private clubs that limit occupancy to members

Q: What is prohibited?

A: In the Sale and Rental of Housing and in Mortgage Lending: No one may take any discriminatory actions based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status or handicap (disability). In Addition: It is illegal for anyone to:

  • Threaten, coerce, intimidate or interfere with anyone exercising a fair housing right or assisting others who exercise that right
  • Advertise or make any statement that indicates a limitation or preference based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, or handicap. This prohibition against discriminatory advertising applies to single-family and owner-occupied housing that is otherwise exempt from the Fair Housing Act.

Q: What about senior housing?

A: Please reference the Housing for Older Persons Act of 1995 (HOPA) for an explanation of how the Fair Housing Act pertains to senior housing.


For more information, please visit the HUD Rhode Island Portal at:

If you think your rights have been violated, you may contact the Boston Regional Office of FHEO at

(617) 994-8300.


For more information about housing in the City of Central Falls, please contact Peter Friedrichs at or (401) 727-7480.

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