CONSOLIDATED ANNUAL PERFORMANCE AND EVALUATIVE REPORT (CAPER) COMMUNTIY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRAND (CDBG) AND HOME PROGRAMS

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PUBLIC NOTICE

CONSOLIDATED ANNUAL PERFORMANCE AND EVALUATIVE REPORT (CAPER)

COMMUNTIY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRAND (CDBG) AND HOME PROGRAMS

CITY OF GRAND PRAIRIE

Housing and Neighborhood Services

205 W. Church Street

Grand Prairie, TX 75050

TO AL INTERESTED AGENCIES, GROUPS, AND PERSONS:

The above named City has completed its’ Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluative Report (CAPER) for the period ending September 30, 2015. The CAPER and other appropriate documentation which lists the activities, performance, accomplishments, and expenditures for fiscal year 2014/2015 are available to the public at the address listed above during normal business hours. All citizens are encouraged to examine and submit comments regarding the CAPER to the street address listed above on or before December 3, 2015. The comment period is for fifteen (15) days. Housing and Neighborhood Services of the City is the designated Department which oversees and administers the CDBG and HOME programs. Additional information can be obtained by calling 972.237.8166

William A. Hills, Director

Housing and Neighborhood Services

Legal Notice – NOTICE OF INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS FOR TIERED PROJECTS AND PROGRAMS

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NOTICE OF INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS

FOR TIERED PROJECTS AND PROGRAMS

 

DATE OF PUBLICATION: AUGUST 8, 2015

CITY OF GRAND PRAIRIE

205 WEST CHURCH STREET

GRAND PRAIRIE, TEXAS 75050

972-237-8166

 

On or after August 25, 2015 the City of Grand Prairie will submit a request to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Fort Worth Regional Office for the release of CDBG funds under Community Development Block Grant Title 1 of the Community Development Act of 1974 as amended and HOME Investment Partnerships Program Title II of Cranston-Gonzalez National Affordable Housing Act of 1990 as amended, to undertake the following projects:

Broad Review Project/Program Title: Rehabilitation. Purpose: Provide rehabilitation assistance to eligible single family low to moderate income households. Location: Throughout the City of Grand Prairie with specific addresses being assessed in site specific reviews. Project/Program Description: Rehabilitation project will provide extensive rehabilitation to single family homes including but not limited to such things as HVAC, plumbing, electrical upgrade, windows, and roof replacement. These projects will be completely coordinated by the City of Grand Prairie Housing and Neighborhood Services Department. Site specific reviews will be completed for those laws and authorities not addressed in the broad review for each address under this program when addresses become known. Level of Environmental Review Citation: 24 CFR Part 58.35 (a) (3) (i). Site Specific Review: The site specific reviews will cover the following laws and authorities not addressed in the broad review: State Historical Society, floodplain management, toxic chemicals and radioactive materials.

Estimated Project Cost: Up to $25,000 per project with a total CDBG project budget of $295,805.

Broad Review Project/Program Title: Emergency Repair. Purpose: Provide emergency repairs assistance to eligible single family low income households. Location: Throughout the City of Grand Prairie with specific addresses being assessed in site specific reviews. Project/Program Description: Emergency Repair Program will provide up to $5,000 in emergency repair assistance for emergency items that occur without warning. Emergency repair items include but are not limited to plumbing leaks, HVAC repair, roof damage, gas leaks, electrical repair, and water heaters. These projects will be completely coordinated by the City of Grand Prairie Housing and Neighborhood Services Department. Level of Environmental Review Citation: 24 CFR Part 58.34 (a) (10). Estimated Projected Cost: Up to $5,000 per repair with a total CDBG budget of$ 65,000.

Broad Review Project/Program Title: Sidewalk Repair. Purpose: Repair and replace existing sidewalks.

Location: West Springdale Street at 301,302,305,306,309,310,313,314,317,318,321,322,325,326,329,

330,401,402,405,406,409,410,413,414,417,418,421,422,425,426,429,430,433,434,437,438,441,445,

449,453,457,461,501,502,505,506,509,510,513,514,517,518,521,522,525,526,530,601,602,605,609,

613,617,621,622,625,626,629,630,637,638,641,642,645,646,649,701,702,705,706,709,710,713,714,

717,718,721,722,725,726,729,730,733,734,737, and 741. Project/Program Description: Repair and replace damaged sidewalks in CDBG low to moderate income areas. Level of Environmental Review

Citation: 24 CFR Part 58.35 (a) (1). Estimated Project Cost: Total CDBG budget of $150,000.

Broad Review Project/Program Title: HOME Reconstruction. Purpose: Remove homes that are deteriorated beyond rehab (75% or more) and reconstruct them. Location: Throughout the City of Grand Prairie with specific addresses being assessed in site specific reviews. Project/Program Description: Remove and reconstruct homes for eligible single family low to moderate income households when rehabilitation is not an option estimating completing 3 houses . Level of Environmental Review Citation: 24 CFR Part 58.35 (a) (4) (i). Estimated Project Cost: Estimated cost of $85,000 per house with a total HOME budget of $320,519.

Broad Review Project/Program Title: Grand Prairie Community Housing Development Organization(GPCHDO). Purpose: Construct affordable housing. Location: Throughout the City of Grand Prairie with specific addresses being assessed in site specific reviews. Project/Program Description:

Construct affordable housing to be sold to eligible low to moderate income households. Level of Environmental Review Citation: 24 CFR Part 58.35 (a) (4) (i). Estimated Project Cost: Total HOME budget is $56,562.

The activities proposed are categorically excluded under HUD regulations at 24 CFR Part 58 from National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requirements per 24 CFR Part 58.35 (a) (3) (i),

24 CFR Part 58.34 (a) (10), and 24 CFR Part 58.35 (a) (1). An Environmental Review Record (ERR) that documents the environmental determinations for these projects is on file at the City of Grand Prairie Housing and Neighborhood Services Department, 205 West Church Street, Grand Prairie, Texas, 75050 and may be examined or copied Monday through Thursday between 7:30 A.M. and 6:00 P.M. and on Friday’s between 8:00 A.M. and 12:00 P.M.

PUBLIC COMMENTS

Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments on the ERR to the City of Grand Prairie Housing and Neighborhood Services Department. All comments received by August 21, 2015 will be considered by the City of Grand Prairie prior to authorizing submission of a request for release of funds.

RELEASE OF FUNDS

The City of Grand Prairie certifies to HUD that Bill Hills in his capacity as Director of Housing and Neighborhood Services consents to accept the jurisdiction of the Federal Courts if any action is brought to enforce responsibilities in relation to the environmental review process and that these responsibilities have been satisfied. HUD’s approval of the certification satisfies its responsibilities under NEPA and related laws and authorities and allows the City of Grand Prairie to use HUD program funds.

OBJECTIONS TO RELEASE OF FUNDS

HUD will accept objections to its release of funds and the City of Grand Prairie’s certification for a period of fifteen days following the anticipated submission date or its actual receipt of the request (whichever is later) only if they are on one of the following bases: (a) the certification was not executed by the certifying officer of the City of Grand Prairie; (b) the City of Grand Prairie has omitted a step or failed to make a decision or finding required by HUD regulations at 24 CFR part 58; (c) the grant recipient or other participants in the development process have committed funds, incurred costs or undertaken activities not authorized by 24 CFR Part 58 before approval of a release of funds by HUD; or (d) another Federal agency acting pursuant to 40 CFR Part 1504 has submitted a written finding that the project is unsatisfactory from the standpoint of environmental quality. Objections must be prepared and submitted in accordance with the required procedures (24 CFR Part 58, Sec.58.76) and shall be addressed to HUD Fort Worth Regional Office at 801 Cherry Street, Unit #45, Suite 2500, Fort Worth, Texas 76102. Potential objectors should contact HUD to verify the actual last day of the objection period.

Bill Hills

Director of Housing and Neighborhood Services

City of Grand Prairie

 

 

30 Day comment period for 2015-2019 consolidated plan and 2015 one year action plan

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PUBLIC NOTICE

 

2015 COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT (CDBG) and HOME PROGRAMS

Consolidated Plan 2015-2019

Program Year 2015 Annual Action Plan

CITY OF GRAND PRAIRIE

Housing and Neighborhood Services

205 W. Church Street

 

TO ALL INTERESTED AGENCIES, GROUPS, AND PERSONS: This is a 30-day comment period from June 14, 2015 – July 13, 2015

 

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING AND PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD ON THE

5 YEAR 2015-2019 CONSOLIDATED PLAN AND 2015 ANNUAL ACTION PLAN

 

The City of Grand Prairie anticipates receiving $1,716,781 in grant funds from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development during the 2015 Program Year which begins on October 1, 2015 and ends on September 30, 2016. The amount includes $1,339,700 for the Community Development Block Grant Program and $377,081 for the HOME Program to be administered by the City of Grand Prairie Housing and Neighborhood Services, Neighborhood Services Division.

 

The City’s long range housing, community and economic development goals are articulated in the new Five Year Consolidated Plan which covers the period from 2015 through 2019. Each year the City of Grand Prairie prepares an Annual Update of the Consolidated Plan. The Annual update forecasts how the city will use its HUD grant funds during the upcoming program year.

 

The City has completed a draft of the 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan and PY15 Annual Action Plan and hereby presents the draft for public review and comment. The comment period will extend for 30 days beginning on June 14, 2015 and end at 4:30 on July 13, 2015. Public comments will be considered in the final draft of the Consolidated Plan which will be submitted to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development on or about August 15, 2015. To be considered in the final plan, written comments may be addressed to: City of Grand Prairie, Neighborhood Services Division, 205 W. Church Street, Grand Prairie, TX 75050. For additional information contact 972-237-8166.

Copies of the Consolidated Plan and Action Plan are available and may be reviewed at Housing and Neighborhood Services. You may view the plan online at: GPHNS.org

 

The 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan and 2015 Annual Action Plan will have a public hearing and be considered by the City of Grand Prairie, City Council for approval on July 14, 2015 at 6:30pm at the following location:

City Hall Council Chambers

317 College Street

Grand Prairie, TX 75050

The hearing location is wheelchair accessible. Persons needing interpreters or other accommodations are requested to telephone the City of Grand Prairie Housing and Neighborhood Services Department so that arrangements can be made in advance.

 

All citizens are encouraged to examine and submit comments regarding the PY15 CDBG and HOME Programs to Housing and Neighborhood Services. Comments must be received on or before July 13, 2015 by 4:30pm. Housing and Neighborhood Services of the City is the designated department which operates and provides oversight for the CDBG Program.

 

Funding Sources

Program Year 2015

10-01-15 to 9-30-16

City of Grand Prairie, Texas USA

 

CDBG FUNDING SOURCES AVAILABLE: CDBG Fund Allocation Total: $1,339,700

 

HOME FUNDING SOURCES AVAILABLE: PJ Fund Allocation Total: $377,081

 

CITY OF GRAND PRAIRIE

2015 CDBG PROGRAM SUMMARY

 

Program Administration

 

CDBG Program Administration                                                                    $193,511

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                                                                                                   $21,429

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                                                                                          $65,000

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 Reconstruction                                                       $295,805

This program provides full rehab assistance up to $25,000 and reconstruction up to $85,000 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                                                                                                             $275,000

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                                                                                 $60,000

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 up to $5,000 which can be used towards half the 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                                                                                    $44,363

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                                                                                     $44,363

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                                                                                       $44,363

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                                    $14,253

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                                                                         $44,363

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.

           

Star Group Community Development Corporation                                      $9,250

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                                                                     $150,000

This project will repair concrete sidewalks along streets where children routinely walk to school and in other CDBG Low-Moderate areas.

 

West Springdale Street   Census Tracts #164.06-1, #164.06-2,#164.06-3,#164.07-3          

Budget $150,000

Block #s:

301, 302, 305, 306, 309, 310, 313, 314, 317, 318, 321, 322, 325, 326, 329, 330, 401, 402, 405, 406, 409, 410, 413, 414, 417, 418, 421, 422,  425, 426, 429, 430, 433, 434, 437, 438, 441, 445, 449, 453, 457, 461, 501, 502, 505, 506, 509, 510, 513, 514, 517, 518, 521, 522, 525, 526, 530, 601, 602, 605, 609, 613, 617, 621, 622, 625, 626, 629, 630, 637, 638, 641, 642, 645, 646, 649, 701, 702, 705, 706, 709, 710, 713, 714, 717, 718, 721, 722, 725, 726, 729, 730, 733, 734, 737, 741.

 

HOME Program

 

Grand Prairie

Community Housing Development Organization, Inc. (CHDO)               $56,562

This organization provides revitalization to Grand Prairie city wide through new construction and lot development for single family units.

 

Home Rehabilitations (HRP)/Home Reconstructions                                  $320,519

The rehabilitation and reconstruction program provides deferred payment, 0% and 3% loans up to $85,000 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