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PUBLIC NOTICE

CITY OF TEXAS CITY COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT

(CDBG) PROGRAM PROPOSAL TO AMENDED CONSOLIDATED PLAN FOR

PROGRAM YEAR 2015-2019 TO INCLUDE AN OPTIONAL RECONSTUCTION PROJECT

 

The City of Texas City’s Community Development Department is proposing to amend their 2015-2019 Five-Year Consolidated Plan to add the Project Optional Reconstruction which falls under the Housing Assistance Activities.

One of the highest priorities of the City of Texas City is to preserve the existing housing stock and to provide increased housing opportunities that are affordable to lower income residents.  Since 1976, the City has received funding resources through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to administer the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG).

The primary method used by the Community Development Department to address this priority is by providing minor and emergency housing rehabilitation services to eligible low-income homeowners.  The program is designed to offer in the form of a grant, assistance for minor code items such as roofing, plumbing, and electrical hazards.  There is no component within the program that addresses the need of eligible homeowners that require substantial rehabilitation due to a multiple of needed repairs to the property that will ensue safe, decent and sanitary conditions.

It is the mission and intention of the Community Development to assist as many eligible homeowners as possible maintain a safe, decent and sanitary home.  However, due to the age and deterioration of the housing stock, the environmental climate (Gulf of Mexico salt water and high humidity) the presence of lead based paint, the homeowners inability to make needed repairs, and the non-intrusive nature of the rehabilitation inspections has led to a condition where certain structures require an extensive amount of rehabilitation.  Therefore, this reconstruction policy has been designed to establish a criterion that warrants when an existing structure can be replaced through the process of reconstruction.

Public comments either written or verbal regarding the Amended Consolidated Plan are encouraged and should be addressed to the Office of Community Development located at 928-5th Ave North, Texas City 77590 or by contacting the Office at (409) 643-5731.

A 30-day public comment period will begin on 8/23/18 and end 9/21/2018.  Any comments received after the Substantial Amended Consolidated Plan submission deadline to HUD will be documented as an addendum to this plan.

PROPOSED CONSOLIDATED PLAN ADMENDMENT

Add the Project Reconstruction under the Housing Assistance Activities

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Sheila Bowden,
Program Coordinator
Community Development Department
Dated:  August 20, 2017

 

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