The City of Austin’s Department of Neighborhood Housing and Community Development is celebrating National Community Development Week from April 2 - April 6.
This year’s celebration marks the 44th anniversary of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. Enacted into law in 1974, the CDBG program is administered nationally by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to provide grants to states, cities, and counties for neighborhood approaches to improve the conditions in their communities.
In Fiscal Year 2016-17, CDBG funds of approximately $7.5 million helped more than 1,500 Austinites with home repairs, contributed to the construction of affordable housing for low-income families and persons with disabilities, provided renter assistance, and funded public service activities such as childcare, senior and youth support services around in Austin.
National Community Development Week focuses attention on the remarkable accomplishments of CDBG for the past 44 years and demonstrates to policymakers how important these grants are to the low- and moderate-income families served by these programs.
The most recent Austin programs supported by CDBG funds include:
Scenic Point Phase II. Austin Habitat for Humanity will build 67 single-family homes for households with annual incomes at or below 80 percent of the region’s median family income (MFI)—or $65,000 a year for a family of four. Community Development Block Grant funding for these homes totaled $2.06 million, in addition to $460 thousand of 2013 affordable housing bonds from the City of Austin. Homes will be 2-4 bedrooms, ranging from 1,000 square feet to 1,359 square feet.
Aldrich 51. April will also see the grand opening of Aldrich 51, one of Austin’s newest affordable communities. The complex has 240 units including efficiency, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments. DMA Development earmarked 85 percent of the units for families, working couples, single parents and older adults who earn 30 percent to 60 percent of the area’s median family income. The $40 million project was funded with help from $2 million from the 2013 affordable housing bonds, another $2 million from the City of Austin’s Community Development Block Grant program and more than $10 million in tax credits.
The Works at Pleasant Valley Phase II. Under the direction of LifeWorks, a nonprofit that empowers youth to self-sufficiency by reducing barriers to housing and employment, this new site is expected to break ground in April to build an additional 29 housing units designed for young families with children or youth who might otherwise be homeless. It expands on Pleasant Valley Phase I, which opened in 2014, to provide case management, mental health counseling, employment assistance, literacy tutoring, GED preparation, and life skills training. The project received $2 million from the Community Development Block Grant and $2 million of 2013 affordable housing bonds from the City of Austin.
“The Community Development Block Grant program has transformed lives for more than 40 years,” said the City of Austin’s Neighborhood Housing and Community Development Department Director, Rosie Truelove. “With this past fiscal years’ investment, we’re continuing our support for Austin’s neighborhoods: creating jobs, supporting small businesses, and expanding housing opportunities. “
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