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CONSOLIDATED PLAN AMENDMENT - PUBLIC NOTICE 



The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires that the City of Galveston develop a 3- to 5-year strategy document which states the community development and housing needs of the jurisdiction and annually submits, in a single application for funding, its request for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) Program funds. This strategy document is called the Consolidated Plan, and the single application for funding is called the Annual Action Plan (AAP). When significant changes occur to the Consolidated Plan and subsequent AAPs, Galveston must propose amendments to be reviewed by the public for a 30-day comment period.

The City of Galveston Grants and Housing Department proposes to amend its Program Year (PY) 2013 to 2017 Consolidated Plan to extend by one year (PY2018) in order to coordinate with other area partners to conduct and submit a Regional Assessment of Fair Housing Plan (AFH).

Based on the Affirmatively Further Fair Housing final rule published by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on July 16, 2015, certain recipients of HUD funding, such as Galveston, must follow an established process to meet their long-standing obligations to affirmatively further fair housing and develop an (AFH) Plan. The City of Galveston and several area jurisdictions have entered into a collaborative agreement to conduct and submit a Regional AFH. The AFH Plan includes an analysis of fair housing data, an assessment of fair housing issues and contributing factors, and an identification of fair housing priorities and goals, and is conducted and submitted to HUD using the Assessment Tool.

In order to facilitate the AFH process, the City must align its Program Year and submission date of its next Consolidated Plan with the AFH planning process in order to incorporate and implement the Regional AFH as required by the final rule.

Under this extension, the City will amend its current Consolidated Plan to add an additional program year (PY2018). The amendment includes revisions to the goals and objectives under the PY2013-2018 Consolidated Plan. The revised PY2013-2018 Consolidated Plan Summary can be viewed HERE.

Public Comment

Citizen comments regarding the proposed amendment will be accepted through October 24, 2017, 5:00 pm at: Grants and Housing Department, 2508 Ball Street, Galveston, TX 77550, (409) 797-3820.

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Nota: Para obtener ayuda con la versión en Español de esta nota pública, póngase en contacto con el Departamento de becas y vivienda: 409-797-3820.


Primary Responsibilities

 

The Grants and Housing Department is primarily responsible for the administration, coordination, and management of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME).

The City of Galveston receives approximately $1.4 million annually from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under these programs.

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Five-Year Strategy Plan
The Grants and Housing Department is responsible for the development of a five-year strategy assessing the nonhousing and housing community development needs of the city. This document, which is called the Consolidated Plan, guides the city's community development goals for three to five years.

Fund Awards
With the approval of City Council, CDBG, and HOME funds are awarded to a variety of neighborhood activities, nonprofit organizations, and city departments.

All CDBG funds must be used to meet one of three national objectives of the CDBG program. These objectives include:
  • Provide a benefit to low-moderate income persons
  • Eliminate a slum or blight condition
  • Meet an urgent community development need, as approved by HUD
The Grants and Housing Department monitors all CDBG and HOME funded activities for compliance with national objectives, eligible program beneficiaries, fiscal requirements, environmental requirements, and all program guidelines and statutory regulations.

Fair Housing
The department also functions as the city's Fair Housing Office.  

Housing Rehabilitation
The Grants and Housing Department also administers the city's housing rehabilitation and reconstruction programs. All residents must meet HUD's low-moderate income criteria. These programs provide housing rehabilitation services in the forms of loans, forgivable deferred payment loans.

Handicap Accessibility Program
The Grants and Housing Department also provides a Handicap Accessibility Program that offers grants to homeowners with physical impairments. This program provides a number of home improvements to assist homeowners with accessibility needs, including wheelchair ramps and kitchen and bathroom modifications.

Other Assistance
The city also provides assistance to nonprofit organizations that provide affordable housing assistance in the form of acquisition, rehabilitation, and first-time homebuyers assistance.