Economic Development

Economic Development programs and opportunities within HRD like Grow Detroit’s Young Talent (GDYT) and Community Based Development Organization (CBDO) application.

Economic Development Program Origin & Overview

Motor City Match Program

In 2015, the City of Detroit received HUD’s approval for the designation of five (5) target areas in the City of Detroit as Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Areas (NRSAs). At the time, the City was undergoing a post-bankruptcy restructuring and was in severe economic distress including an inability to retain residents due to a lack of capital that was flexible enough for home repair. The NRSA Plan was considered one of the most strategic options to focus federal resources geographically and leverage private capital for home repair, increased public services, and economic development primarily for the benefit of the City’s low- and moderate-income population. 

View our current NRSA plan here

View current NRSA boundaries here

As a part of the NRSA plan, HRD planned to implement Empowerment Strategies to promote and facilitate economic growth in the 5 targeted NRSAs. HRD’s economic opportunities develop and fund programs from multiple sources that create or retain jobs that contribute to the economic stability and self-sufficiency of LMI households and persons. Below are the current economic development programs: 
Motor City Match 
Grow Detroit’s Young Talent 

Grow Detroit's Young Talent

Community Based Development Organization (CBDO)

HUD defines CBDO’s as nonprofit organizations that undertake specific kinds of CDBG-funded activities. CBDOs can be for-profit or nonprofit organizations but cannot be governmental entities. CBDO’s may be designated as a subrecipient by the grantee. HRD uses CBDO’s to execute public service activities. 
Organizations interested in becoming a CBDO for the City of Detroit must undertake one or more of the following activities: neighborhood revitalization, economic community development, or energy conservation. Your organization must also meet the requirements under 24 CFR 570.204 (c)(1) or 24 CFR 570.204 (c)(2). All applications must include a project description, By Laws, and Articles of Incorporation. 

HRD certifies all CBDO’s annually to ensure that there are no changes within the organization. CBDO’s are certified for the entire fiscal year, which is from July 1-June 30 each year.

For more information about becoming CBDO please contact LaShaun Turner at [email protected]. For other details about the CBDO process and application, see below: 


Here is a testimonial from one of our Subrecipients on why they became a CBDO:

The Cody Rouge Community Action Alliance (CRCAA) is a CBDO nonprofit organization with more than 16 years of experience serving the far westside of Detroit. Our three main programming areas (community engagement, youth development, and neighborhood revitalization) each impact health, wellness & the day-to-day lives of residents in the Cody Rouge Neighborhood. We decided to become a CBDO in the city of Detroit because it allowed us the opportunity to better leverage resources that amplify our impact. Partnering with the City of Detroit has been instrumental in connecting CRCAA to resources that address job opportunities, affordable housing, parks, and revitalizing commercial corridors.  The opportunities for varied funding sources improved with our CBDO status and allowed us to move towards achieving a higher standard of living for the community we serve.

Cody Rouge


CBDO Overview Presentation

24 CFR 570.204 (c)(1) - Exhibit A
Exhibit A Application Overview
Exhibit A CBDO Application
Exhibit A CBDO Instructions for Application 


24 CFR 570.204 (c)(2)- Exhibit B
Exhibit B Application Overview
Exhibit B CBDO Application 
Exhibit B CBDO Instructions for Application


Self-Certification Forms
Self-Certification Form A 
Self-Certification Form B 
Self-Certification Form C 
List of Governing Body Form 


Income Limits
HUD’s Current Income Limits