Program Name: Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) - ARRA

Contact: Susan Kinel, Neighborhood Housing & Community Development (Email)

Federal Agency: Department of Housing & Urban Development

Federal Grant Name: Community Development Block Grant (CSBG) – ARRA

Award Amount: $2,003,003

Type of Award: Formula Allocation

Programs Supported: LifeWorks East Austin Facility, People Funds Facility, African-American Cultural and Heritage Facility, East Austin Sidewalks

Program Description

After a public input process in the spring of 2009, the City Council allocated the City of Austin’s $2.0 million in formula allocated CDBG-R funds to four individual projects. Funding was also provided for City administration.

LifeWorks East Austin Youth & Family Resource Center - $500,000. A forgivable loan was granted to LifeWorks, a local nonprofit, for the purchase of land to construct a 32,000-square-foot Resource Center to expand critical workforce area and provide mental health services to low-income populations. Construction of that facility is now complete and staff of both LifeWorks and Central Texas Literacy Coalition have moved into the building. A total of 31.42 construction jobs were created or saved as a result of this project.

This project is complete.

PeopleFund’s Center for Economic Opportunity - $500,000. PeopleFund, an Austin nonprofit, received a forgivable loan in the amount of $500,000 for the construction of the Center for Economic Opportunity. This two-story facility will provide comprehensive services to local small-businesses and low- to moderate-income homebuyers. The facility will also provide affordable office space to small businesses and will serve as an incubator for small businesses. PeopleFund will create 20 jobs; these positions may be composed of construction jobs, para-professional jobs, and professional jobs.

This project is complete.

African-American Cultural and Heritage Facility - $550,000. The creation of the African-American Cultural and Heritage Facility was a result of the COA African-American Quality of Life Initiative and in November 2006 Austin voters confirmed support of the Cultural Facility in the bond election in an amount of $1.5M. This facility is planned as the anchor facility for the newly established African-American Heritage District and is to house a Visitor’s Bureau, Pro Arts Collective, Inc., and Capital City African-American Chamber of Commerce. This project will create 50 construction jobs and upto 4 non-construction jobs.

This project is complete.

New sidewalks in Central East Austin - $250,000. The City of Austin will use $250,000 to support the construction of sidewalks in Central East Austin. The proposed sidewalks were chosen with community input and are in disadvantaged neighborhoods.

This project is complete.

Job Creation: It is expected that these programs together will created and/or retain approximately 107 jobs. Additionally, it is anticipated that 136 full-time jobs and 20 part-time jobs will be created as a result of the new facilities. These additional, long-term jobs will not be funded through Recovery Act funds.