Community Development Director
Jo Anne Longoria
Community Development Block Grant Program
The primary objectives of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program are the development of viable urban communities by providing decent housing, a suitable living environment and expanding economic opportunities principally for people of low and moderate incomes. Proposed activities may be funded by CDBG if it intends to accomplish one of the following national objectives:
- Benefit low and moderate income people;
- Prevent or eliminate slums or blight;
- Meet other urgent community development needs
In order to accomplish its goal to meet one of the national objectives, the city may contract with public service agencies that can provide opportunities to maximize the impact of its resources. The city is allowed to fund up to 15% of its allocation to Public Service Agencies. The City currently funded 5% to six agencies who provide services to low income residents. Agencies that have programs that are designed to meet the needs of low and moderate people are encouraged to submit an application for consideration.
CDBG APPLICATION 2015-16
The City of Mission has been receiving funds for the past 29 years from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. This money is used to provide services for the benefit of low to moderate income areas throughout the city and for low to moderate income individuals. The City of Mission has provided funding for housing assistance, infrastructure and public service agencies. Our Housing Assistance Program has had continuous growth since its inception. This fiscal year a little over 70% of our budget is currently going to housing assistance due to a dire need in the community. We have also funded numerous infrastructure projects like water & sewer improvements, park improvements and fire equipment for Fire Prevention and Fire Department. The city has also provided funding to several agencies like Amigos Del Valle, which provides home-delivered meals to homebound seniors and senior activities at the Arnaldo Ramirez Center. Area Agency on Aging provides medication assistance, dentures and hearing aids. Dentists Who Care, which provides free dental care to indigent children by way of the mobile dental unit. Children’s Advocacy Center provides counseling services to abused and neglected children.Easter Seals provides rehabilitation services to children and adults and Silver Ribbon which provides rent and utility deposits and payments for the elderly and disabled.
The following items can be found at the HUD website:
- Five Year Consolidated Plan and Strategy
- One Year Action Plan
About the Community Development Department
Duties and Responsibilities of the Department
- Responsible for administrating the City’s CDBG Program and Housing Assistance Program.
- Prepare the Five Year Consolidated Plan and Strategy and the One Year Action Plan
- Prepare meeting materials and serves as a liaison for the 12 member Citizen Advisory Committee.
- Review proposals submitted by Department Heads and Public Agencies requesting funds
- Prepare applications to solicit funding from state, federal government and/or private agencies.
- Prepare monthly, quarterly, semi-annual and/or annual reports required by HUD or other agencies.
- Conduct public hearings
Housing Assistance Program
The City of Mission has been receiving funds for the past 29 years from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. Over 75% of the funding is used to provide housing services for the benefit of individuals in areas throughout the city and who are low to moderate income.
The Housing Assistance Program consists of two types of assistance: Reconstruction or Rehabilitation. A home evaluation is made to determine if the reconstruction or rehabilitation will be done.
Reconstruction Assistance consists of a new brick veneer energy efficient home. The original house is demolished to make room for the new home. Family size determines whether the home will be a two (2) bedroom, one half (1 1/2) bath or three (3) bedroom, two (2) bath both equipped with central air and heating. All CDBG homes are equipped with handicap accessible areas and hardware.
Rehabilitation Assistance provides major repairs to existing homes in dire need of assistance. The home is required to meet current standard building codes for safety and convenience. Most repairs consist of electrical, pluming, roof and other areas that need to be addressed
Basic eligibility requirements are:
- Applicant must be a homeowner and must live within Mission city limits
- Must have a clear title and must have resided in the home for a minimum of 3 years before applying for assistance. (there is a one-time fee to obtain a title search)
- Taxes must be current
- The home must need substantial repair
- Applicant must meed federal income requirements.
Download the Housing Assistance Program Checklist: English/Spanish