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The Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 (HCDA) and the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) regulations permit the use of CDBG funds for selected code enforcement activities performed by International Code Council (ICC) Governmental Member jurisdictions, both states and municipalities. ICC worked on behalf of its Members to draft the Community Building Code Administration Grant Act of 2012. It was passed by Congress and signed into law. ICC was the only code development association to advocate on behalf of the Act that benefits its membership and all U.S. jurisdictions. To assist and support ICC Members in securing federal funding, ICC provides technical assistance and advice on how to develop programs for CDBG funding consideration and even helps Members draft CDBG funding applications. A QUICK HISTORY OF THE LEGISLATION ICC efforts took a huge leap forward when then-Congressional Representative Judy Biggert (Ill.) got the Act included as part of the national Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012, PL 112-141. The Act highlighted the role of local code programs in the CDBG initiative. The passage of the law resulted in a partnership between ICC and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). HUD committed to support local code programs, issuing guidance and clarification on how CDBG funding can support local programs. CODE ENFORCEMENT EXPENSES ELIGIBLE FOR FUNDING HUD’s CDBG program was created by Congress to pre- ICC’s Leadership of HUD Block Grant Funding for Code Enforcement and How to Apply for Grants APRIL 2015 | 33


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