Grants & Housing Department

The Grants & Housing Department is relocating to 2508 Ball Street effective July 1, 2017.

The Grants & Housing Department will conduct a PUBLIC HEARING to receive citizen comments on the City’s 2016 CDBG and HOME Programs CAPER on 

Wednesday, August 23, 2017, 5:30 pm  at 

City Council Chambers (

City Hall 

823 Rosenberg 2nd Floor 

Galveston, Texas)

The City of Galveston’s 2016 Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) is available for review and comment. This report covers the period of June 1, 2016 through May 31, 2017. The 2016 CAPER will be available for the public to review in the Grants & Housing Department, 2508 Ball Street, during the business hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday for the 15-Day Citizen Comment Period. 

The City was required to estimate the amount of Program Income (PI) that it anticipated receiving for allocation purposes for the 2016 Annual Action Plan. The City estimated the PI receipts of $40,000 in CDBG and $15,000 in HOME for the 2016 Program Year. PI is primarily received from housing program loan payments and payoffs and lot clearance/boardup and demolition lien payoffs. The City received $72,819.12 in CDBG PI and $63,756.10 in HOME PI. Due to the deviation of more than the City’s 25% rule for a substantial amendment, this is to notify the public of the difference in PI receipts that were available to complete the objectives of the City’s Consolidated Plan.  

The City of Galveston encourages citizen participation. Comments regarding the 2016 CAPER or the amendment for actual CDBG and HOME Program Income receipts may be directed to the Grants & Housing Department, 2508 Ball Street, Galveston, Texas 77550 or by telephone at (409) 797-3820. Comments will be received until 5 p.m. on August 28, 2017. 

Note: In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, this facility is wheelchair accessible and has accessible parking spaces. Requests for special accommodations or interpretive service must be made at least 48 hours prior to this meeting. Please contact the Grants & Housing Department at (409) 797-3820.

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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.