The County receives about $2.3 million each year from HUD to operate a community development block grant (CDBG) program in its unincorporated area and in the sixteen following cities with populations of less than 50,000:
The CDBG program was created by Congress in 1974 to assist neighborhoods. Its funding can be used for a wide variety of purposes as long as the projects either eradicate blight, principally benefit low/moderate income people, or eliminate a community-threatening condition.
About 65% of the County's funding is allocated to its participating cities using a formula that takes into account a city's population and the percentage of it that is low/moderate income. The cities typically use this funding for code enforcement and to reconstruct streets, renovate parks, and install new water/sewer lines.
20% of the County's CDBG funding is used to operate the program and to manage its various projects (at any time, the program is usually funding about twenty different projects or activities). The remaining 15% of the County's CDBG funding is used to operate a Home Loan Counseling Center which assists people who are interested in buying a home.
Projects are typically determined every April-May. For more information about the County’s CDBG program, please call Kim Nobles at (214) 653-6368.
By virtue of its participation in the CDBG program, the County also receives about $500,000 of HOME funding and $100,000 of Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funding each year. The County's HOME funding is used to support both the Home Loan Counseling Center and the CDBG program's neighborhood improvement focus. The Counseling Center uses its HOME funding to provide closing cost and down-payment assistance to low/moderate-income homebuyers; for more information about the down-payment assistance program, please call Joyce Brown at (214) 819-6060.
The CDBG program uses its HOME funding to operate a replacement housing program which demolishes owner--occupied low/moderate-income homes that are too dilapidated to be economically repaired and replaces them with newly-constructed homes of about 1000 square feet. For more information about this program, please call Janee Gentry at (214) 653-7627.
The County’s ESG funds are used to provide assistance to homeless organizations. For more information about this funding, please call Rachel Brown at (214) 653-6359.