The following reports are required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Austin City Council designates the Neighborhood Housing and Community Development Office (NHCD) as the single point of contact with HUD and lead agency for the grant administration of the entitlement funds received from HUD, including the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships, Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA), and the Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG). For consistency in reporting, the City of Austin reflects all local and federal funding in these HUD reports.
Comprehensive Housing Market Analyses
In order to obtain federal funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), participating jurisdictions must submit a consolidated plan that describes activities and resources used to meet the needs of low- and moderate-income families. The consolidated plan is designed to help states and local jurisdictions assess their affordable housing and community development needs and market conditions, and to make data-driven, place-based investment decisions. A required component of a consolidated plan is the completion of a housing market analysis. The Consolidated Plan and housing market analysis are used to inform policy decisions impacting household affordability and community development initiatives.
In 2019, the City of Austin and four other partnering agencies in the Austin area entered into an Interlocal Agreement to develop a regional housing market analysis. By partnering with other agencies, parties were able to reduce overall project costs while expanding the project scope to review regional rather than jurisdictional housing and economic trends. The 2019 regional housing market analysis will evaluate market conditions for the City of Austin and Travis County, and will be available the spring of 2020.
Analysis of Impediments (AI) to Fair Housing Choice is a process that recipients of grant funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development undertake as part of their obligation to affirmatively further fair housing (AFFH) under the Fair Housing Act.
Participating Jurisdictions (PJs) that receive U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) entitlement grant funds must develop a Citizen Participation Plan (CPP). The CPP describes efforts that will be undertaken to encourage citizens to participate in the development of the City’s federal reports: 5-Year Consolidated Plan, annual Action Plan, and the Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER).
The Consolidated Plan is the City of Austin's five-year plan to address the community's most critical housing and community development needs. The goals and strategies outlined in each Consolidated Plan are the result of an extensive public process.
Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER)
At the end of the fiscal year, the City must prepare a Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) to provide information to HUD and citizens about that year's accomplishments. This information allows HUD, City officials and the public to evaluate the City's performance and determine whether the activities undertaken during the fiscal year helped to meet the City's five-year goals and to address priority needs identified in the Consolidated Plan and the Annual Action Plan.