CITY OF GRAND PRAIRIE
Housing and Neighborhood Services
205 W. Church
TO ALL INTERESTED AGENCIES, GROUPS, AND PERSONS: This is a 30-day comment period from June 15, 2014 – July 14, 2014
The above named City has completed its citizen participation, community development plan, public notices, and review process. On May 20, 2014 the City Council, after due citizen participation requirements and publications, have reviewed activities for an expected CDBG and HOME grant entitlement allocation totaling $1,779,718.
Subsequently, the application, certifications, and required documentation will be submitted to HUD on or about August 15, 2014. The Consolidated Plan, final statement and other appropriated documentation which lists the activities considered by City Council on May 20, 2014 is available to the public regarding the 2014 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Programs at the address listed above during normal business hours. Additional information can be obtained by calling (972) 237-8166.
All citizens are encouraged to examine and submit comments regarding the PY14 CDBG and HOME Programs to the street address listed above. Comments must be received on or before July 14, 2014. Housing and Neighborhood Services of the City is the designated department which operates and provides oversight for the CDBG Program.
Program Year 2014
10-01-14 to 9-30-15
City of Grand Prairie, Texas USA
CDBG FUNDING SOURCES AVAILABLE: CDBG Fund Allocation Total: $1,350,254
HOME FUNDING SOURCES AVAILABLE: PJ Fund Allocation Total: $429,464
Please note there is no projected program income or returned grant funds anticipated from any sources.
CITY OF GRAND PRAIRIE
2014 CDBG PROGRAM SUMMARY
CDBG Program Administration $195,621
This includes oversight, management, monitoring and coordination of the CDBG Program. This pays the full salaries of the CDBG/Neighborhood Services Manager, and support staff.
Indirect Cost $71,429
This consists of accounting, data processing, audit expenses, and other services provided by other City Departments in support of the CDBG Program. Allowable costs are provided in the Indirect Cost Allocation Plan.
Fair Housing $3,000
Provision of fair housing services and counseling is available to all city residents. The budget supports part of the Fair Housing Officer’s activities.
Rehabilitation, Code and Housing Related
Code Direct Delivery Inspection Services $75,000
Code Enforcement – CDBG program is designed to enforce city, state ordinances through the direction of the Code Enforcement Manager while initiating nuisance abatement cases and remove substandard structure that have become blight on the community. The main objective of Code Enforcement – CDBG is to monitor neighborhoods issuing written notices to property owners/residences requiring the removal of code violations from the area by the best means possible, i.e., voluntary compliance, rehabilitation of substandard structures or the demolition of substandard structures, including nuisance abatement, high weeds grass, trash and debris and junk/inoperable vehicles.
Emergency Repair $40,513
This program provides emergency repairs up to $5,000 for items that happen unexpectedly and without warning that threaten the safety, life, health, or well being of the occupant.
Housing Rehabilitation $296,400
This program provides full rehab assistance up to $25,000 and reconstruction up to $75,000 for citizens 60 years and older or disabled combining CDBG and/or Home Funds. Liens are filed to protect the City’s investment on single family low/mod owner occupied units. Depending on income, deferred payment, 0 percent and 3 percent loans are utilized.
Housing Rehabilitation, Reconstruction, Emergency, Homeownership and Direct Delivery Cost $275,753
Payment of operational expenses for the rehabilitation programs i.e. Housing and Emergency Rehabilitation Program, HOME Reconstruction and BuyinG-Power. This program pays for the salaries of staff positions.
BuyinG-Power Program $65,000
The City of Grand Prairie BuyinG-Power Program will help pay initial costs to help qualified low and moderate income citizens purchase a home. The City will provide from $3,500 up to $5,000 which can be used towards down payment and/or reasonable closing costs. The home purchased must be the primary residence of the buyer and located within the city limits of Grand Prairie.
Public Service Activities
Grand Prairie United Charities $37,000
Provide salaries for a Case Manager, Food Pantry Coordinator and Assistant Case Worker to assist Low Income families and water bill payments for clients. Services provided are food pantry, rent/mortgage, utility assistance (electric, water, gas), etc. for Grand Prairie families in need.
Children First Center $37,000
Funds are used for abuse counseling at a reduced cost. It makes counseling affordable to qualified low/mod income and presumptive benefactor persons. This includes counseling and guidance services with a primary focus on child abuse prevention.
Brighter Tomorrows $37,000
Payment of expenses related to the direct operation of a battered women and children shelter. This includes food, clothing, shelter, emergency transportation, emergency medical care, 24-hour a day crisis intervention, legal assistance in civil and criminal justice systems, educational arrangements for children, support groups, parenting classes, survival skills, and domestic and sex violence counseling.
GP Charlie Taylor/Tony Shotwell & Dalworth Day Camps $14,923
After school and day camps are provided Monday – Friday for school age children under the supervision of the Parks and Recreation Department. This service will be provided to low and moderate income children that reside in the City of Grand Prairie.
Lifeline Shelter for Families $37,000
This program was established to address the problem of homelessness in Grand Prairie providing full services to homeless families including shelter, food, clothing, transportation along with educational and employment services. This funding will be used to offset the salary of the case manager. The focus is on families with children based on students classified as homeless in the Grand Prairie Independent School District.
Grand Prairie Wellness Center $31,296
To provide partial funding for a Medical Assistant and a part time Dental Hygienist at the Grand Prairie Wellness Center which assists with medical, dental and chiropractic services to low and moderate income citizens of Grand Prairie.
Star Group Community Development Corporation $8,319
Star Group Community Development Corporation provides the disenfranchised citizens of Grand Prairie with assistance and the necessary tools to help them change their lives and become productive citizens.
Public Facilities and Improvements
Sidewalks Repair/Replacement $125,000
This project will repair concrete sidewalks along streets where children routinely walk to school and in other CDBG Low-Moderate areas.
Sparks Drive Census Tract #162.023 Budget $125,000
Community Housing Development Organization, Inc. (CHDO) $155,000
This organization provides revitalization to Grand Prairie city wide through new construction and lot development for single family units.
Home Rehabilitations (HRP)/Home Reconstructions $274,464
The rehabilitation and reconstruction program provides deferred payment, 0% and 3% loans up to $75,000 for low and moderate-income homeowners 60 years and older or disabled citizens to rehab single-family homes and is used in conjunction with the CDBG Rehabilitation Program. Applications are accepted on a first-come first-served basis and rehabs and/or reconstructions are conducted based on need.
William A. Hills, Director
Housing and Neighborhood Services