MISSOURI CITY (Covering Fort Bend News) -To build and strengthen new partnerships with State and local governments and the private sector, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development requires a single consolidated submission for the planning and application aspects of the Community Development Block Grant Program. Missouri City is in the process of developing its PY 2018 Consolidated Annual Action Plan to tell HUD and residents how it plans to spend the PY 2018 funds allocated by HUD.
As part of that process, staff is seeking input and feedback from residents on how the funds should be spent.
Missouri City will hold a public hearing on Monday, April 16, 2018, at 7 p.m. during the City Council Regular Meeting in Council Chambers in the City Hall complex, 1522 Texas Pkwy., to give residents an opportunity to voice their opinions on the city’s HUD Community Development Block Grant program, including, but not limited, to the housing and community development needs of low-and moderate-income persons such as homeless individuals and families; persons with special needs (the elderly, frail elderly, severely mentally ill, developmentally disabled, physically disabled, persons with alcohol/other drug addictions and persons with HIV/AIDS); the housing needs of renters and owners; community needs such as code enforcement, economic development, infrastructure, planning and administration, public facilities, public services, senior programs, youth programs; and other non-housing community development needs; and the draft of the Annual Action Plan for the use of PY 2018 funds.
The draft Annual Action Plan is based on a presumed level of funding for FY 2018 -2019. If the city receives an allocation that is higher or lower than the presumed FY 2018-2019 level of funding, the city will reduce or increase the funding allocated to the city’s owner-occupied housing rehabilitation program by an amount equal to the difference between the total FY 2018-2019 funding allocated by HUD and the presumed level of funding for FY 2018-2019.
The city has released a draft of its PY 2018 Annual Action Plan for the HUD Community Development Block Grant Program: View Document. Residents have until May 15 to submit comments to the city before the plan is submitted to HUD for approval. Written comments may be submitted to the city’s Development Services Department at 1522 Texas Pkwy., (Attention: Egima Brown) or by fax at 281- 208-5551.
CDBG Program Background
The national objective of the CDBG program is to develop viable urban communities by providing decent housing, a suitable living environment and expanding economic opportunities principally for low- and moderate-income persons. At least 71 percent of CDBG funds must be used for activities that benefit low- and moderate-income persons. CDBG goals include:
- Improving the urban environment in low- and moderate-income areas;
- Eliminating blighting influences and the deterioration of property, neighborhoods and public facilities in low- and moderate-income areas; and
- Ensuring decent, safe and sanitary housing for low- and moderate-income residents.
Eligible activities include but are not limited to public facility construction and improvements, handicapped accessibility, operational funding for non-profit agencies that service primarily low-income persons, rehabilitation of owner-occupied housing, housing development assistance, enforcement of city codes, clearance and demolition, infrastructure improvements, business development and job creation activities.