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HUD Distressed Cities and Persistent Poverty Technical Assistance (DCTA) Program

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will provide technical assistance to build capacity of local governments experiencing economic distress, specifically in smaller communities with populations under 50,000. Assistance will help local governments and their nonprofit partners in alleviating persistent poverty.

Assistance is provided in the following areas, including but not limited to:

  • Financial management practices and financial performance
  • Governance and management
  • Leadership development
  • Data and research
  • Building partnerships
  • Community engagement
  • Strategic planning
  • Plan implementation
  • Program evaluation

Program information sheet


Eligible recipients are units of local governments from smaller communities with populations under 50,000 that are economically distressed or experiencing persistent poverty, including:

  • Tribes
  • Villages
  • Towns
  • Cities
  • Counties
  • Municipalities

To determine if a location is considered an economically distressed or persistent poverty community for this program, use the interactive map or the public eligibility list available on the program website.

Partner nonprofit organizations must be established 501(c)3 organizations with a history of working to alleviate poverty in the jurisdiction.

Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

Technical assistance is provided at no cost.

Application process

Email technical assistance requests to

Tagged as
Capital funding · Community and economic development · Evaluation methods and resources · Fundraising · Grant writing · Needs assessment methods and resources · Networking and collaboration · Planning and strategy methods and resources · Poverty · Sustainability of programs

Organizations (1)

  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, view details

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