The Performance Measurement Dilemma: Making the Case for an Investment-Based Efficiency Model for HUD’s Federal Block Grant Programs
As practitioners who have managed over $500 million in CDBG and HOME funds, we consider every HUD “grant” dollar expended as a true “investment” in that community. We believe these programs have, and will continue to have powerful economic impact and generate a substantial return on investment in each of the communities where the dollars are utilized.
Despite the CDBG programs’ rich history and impact on communities, HUD has struggled to create a reliable methodology and the type of data needed to articulate the actual monetary returns-on-investment in the cities, counties, and states that receive these funds.
Why must practitioners who manage these programs for cities, counties, and states throughout the U.S. struggle to portray the effectiveness of these programs in their own communities?
Can there be a solution to HUD’s continuing challenge to prove that the CDBG and HOME Programs are accomplishing the objectives contained in their enabling legislation? Must CDBG and HOME disappear before anyone realizes their real impact and value to the nation? Contact us to learn more!