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Community Development Block Grant Program

DALLAS COUNTY COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT PROGRAM

The County receives about $2 million each year from HUD to operate a community development block grant (CDBG) program in its unincorporated area and in the fifteen following cities with populations of less than 50,000:

Participating Cities
DuncanvilleCombineUniversity Park
Cedar HillCoppellSachse
Glenn HeightsCockrell HillBalch Springs
SeagovilleHutchinsWilmer
Farmers BranchLancasterHighland Park

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.

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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.

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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 low/moderate income people who are interested in buying a home.

2019 CDBG/HOME PUBLIC HEARINGS, PROPOSED PROJECTS, AND PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD

Dallas County anticipates having $2,265,353 in CDBG funding (of which $2,201,386 is new 2019 funding and the remainder is unexpended carryover from prior years) and $916,102 in HOME funding (of which $693,610 is new 2019 funding and $222,492 is program income) that can be used during the upcoming fiscal year.  The County will be holding two public hearings to discuss how this funding can be allocated.  These two public hearings will be held on: 

  • July 2, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. in the Allen Clemson Courtroom in the County Administration Building (411 Elm Street, Dallas, Texas); and
  • August 6, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. in the Allen Clemson Courtroom in the County Administration Building (411 Elm Street, Dallas, Texas).

At present, the following projects and activities have been proposed:

  • Burns Avenue/Dempster Avenue Water Improvements (Cockrell Hill)  $373,887
  • Bois D'Arc Road Water Improvements (Combine)  $156,511
  • Godwin/Barton/Illinois Street Improvements (Glenn Heights)  $253,606
  • Woodcrest Lane Street Improvements (Hutchins)  $205,412
  • Code Enforcement (Hutchins)  $125,000
  • Durham/Washington/Dudley/Ralph/Dice Street Improvements (Seagoville)  $239,114
  • Brookview Court Street Improvements (Sachse)  $95,646
  • Replacement Housing Program   $812,060
  • Community Housing Development Organizations  $104,042
  • Home Loan Counseling Center  $323,913
  • CDBG Administration  $211,443
  • CDBG Engineer  $146,753
  • CDBG Inspector $59,543
  • Replacement Housing Administration  $48,231
  • Indirect Costs  $20,000

In addition, Hutchins and Seagoville would like to reallocate $224,293 of existing CDBG funds that remain from previous projects in the manner described below:

  • $54,298 from the Oak Creek Street Project (Hutchins) and $20,702 from the Woodbrook Street Project (Hutchins) to a new Martin Luther King Park Renovation Project (Hutchins)
  • $149,293 from the Armstrong/Stafford Street Project (Seagoville) to a new Watson Street Project (Seagoville).

The public is greatly encouraged to attend these hearings and/or to provide comments and suggestions regarding how these funds should be used.  If it is not possible to attend one of these hearings and someone has a comment, question or suggestion, please provide this information to Rachel Brown, CDBG Project Coordinator, by August 2, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.  Ms. Brown can be reached at 214.653.6359 or at 411 Elm Street, 3rd floor, Dallas, TX  75202.

Requests for disability accommodations or non-English speaking services at either public hearing can also be directed to Ms. Brown and should be provided at least 48 hours in advance of a desired hearing.

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 (214) 819-6060.

 

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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 Karen Wavada 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.