AUSTIN--The City of Austin’s Department of Neighborhood Housing and Community Development is celebrating National Community Development Week from April 17 - April 22, 2017.
This year marks the 43rd anniversary of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. Enacted into law in 1974, the CDBG program is administered nationally by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to provide grants to states, cities, and counties for neighborhood approaches to improve the physical, economic, and social conditions in their communities.
In Fiscal Year 2015-16, the $7.3 million CDBG allocation to the City of Austin created economic opportunity in the community and funded more than 1,600 services through emergency home repairs, the construction and rehabilitation of affordable housing for low-income families and persons with disabilities, and other programs.
Examples of the most recent Austin improvements supported by CDBG funds include:
Ivy Condos Stabilization Project. Easter Seals Central Texas owns 18 fully accessible condominium units in the 3200 block of Manchaca Road and leases them to clients who are extremely low-income persons with disabilities. Because a previous owner had removed load-bearing walls in 12 of the units, quick action was needed for resident safety as ceilings began to sag. The City provided a grant of $137,844 to stabilize these units.
West Wind Trail Acquisition. CDBG funds were used to provide a $257,775 loan to Frameworks Community Development Corporation, a HUD approved non-profit housing counseling agency and affordable housing provider, to purchase a four-plex in the 5000 block of West Wind Trail that had been in foreclosure. Private funds were used for the rehabilitation work, and the newly rehabilitated units are now occupied by low-income residents.
St. Louise House Founded in 2000, St. Louise House was created to address the drastic shortage of safe housing and supportive services for homeless women and children in Austin. One of its properties had 16 exterior stairways with concrete steps that were rapidly deteriorating and becoming a safety hazard. The City provided a grant of $40,000 to St. Louise House to make these much-needed safety repairs.
“The Community Development Block Grant program has transformed lives and rejuvenated neighborhoods throughout Austin and across Texas for more than 40 years,” said the City of Austin’s Neighborhood Housing and Community Development Interim Director, Rosie Truelove. “With this past fiscal years’ investment, we’re continuing to support for Austin’s neighborhoods by creating jobs, supporting small businesses, and expanding housing opportunities."
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