Community Development News
The Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs. Beginning in 1974, the CDBG program is one of the longest continuously run programs at HUD.
The following are some of the projects that were made possible through the CDBG program in the City of Round Rock:
- Construction of restrooms for the YMCA
- Purchase of lots for construction of affordable homes by Habitat for Humanity throughout the City
- Rehabilitation of homes for low to moderate income residents
- Funding for the Round Rock Housing Authority, Round Rock Area Serving Center and the Foundation Communities Tax Center so they may provide much needed public services to the community.
The Emergency Help Loan Program provides grant assistance to residents that are behind on their mortgage.
About the Office of Community Development
The Community Development Office improves the quality of life in existing Round Rock neighborhoods by providing services to individuals and families, and reinvesting in neighborhood improvements. Round Rock furthers community development through participation in the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)'s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. The CDBG program emphasizes participation and representation of the target population(s). Round Rock has used its annual CDBG grant funds to provide housing programs, infrastructure, parks, entrepreneurial opportunities and public services to assist low and moderate income residents.
The primary functions of the Community Development Office are to:
- Research the nature and extend of local social and reinvestment needs through public hearings and surveys, as well as more objective measures;
- Develop priorities and strategies to address these needs in consultation with City departments and local public and private service organizations;
- Apply for CDBG program funds and distribute them to the public and private organizations that can best meet the identified needs;
- Provide technical assistance, financial and program analysis to these organizations and other project sponsors; the office is also responsible for monitoring all project activities to ensure compliance with HUD regulatory and policy requirements.
In accordance with HUD regulations, all activities supported with CDBG resources must directly benefit low and moderate income persons or eliminate slum and blight. Although these programs directly benefit individuals and families, the entire community benefits through the CDBG programâ€™s investment in the health, safety and stability of its neighborhoods.
For the 2013-2014 Program Year the Community Development Office received $888,850 in grant requests for $514,534 of available CDBG funds. Some of the projects, programs and activities that have received Round Rock CDBG funds over the years include:
- Funding for income-eligible homeowners to repair structural or safety problems (Home Repair Program)
- Improve safety by constructing sidewalks in some older neighborhoods that lacked them
- Recreation and playground facilities in several neighborhood parks and public housing facilities
- Building improvements at the WBCD Head Start building and Williamson County Crisis Center.
- Street improvements in the Greenhill neighborhood.
- Purchase adaptive seating and therapy equipment for developmentally disabled children
- Scholarships allowing low-income children and senior citizens to participate in recreational, educational and after-school activities
- Food pantry programs
- Prescription assistance
- Lots for new Habitat for Humanity homes
- Mortgage assistance
Office of Community Development
221 E. Main Street
Round Rock TX 78664
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