The CDBG and HOME Programs are the Federal Government's primary programs for promoting community revitalization throughout the country, providing annual grants on a formula basis to approximately 1,000 metropolitan cities such as College Station.
CDBG funds are used for a wide range of community development activities directed toward neighborhood revitalization, economic development, and improved community facilities and services. Any project obtaining CDBG funding is required from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to meet at least one of three national objectives:
- Benefit Low- and Moderate-Income Persons
- Aid in the Prevention or Elimination of Slums or Blight
- Meet Urgent Community Development Needs
HOME funds are used-often in partnership with local non-profit groups-to fund a wide range of activities that build, buy, and/or rehabilitate affordable housing for rent or homeownership or provide direct rental assistance to low-income people.
Public Service Agencies
Each year the City of College Station City Council continues to support the allocation of the maximum of 15% of the City’s annual Community Development Block Grant to fund local public services. Learn more.
2013-2014 Public Service Agencies:
Public Facility Funding
Public Facility funds are used to expand, improve and/or add public facilities and infrastructure when and where needed for designated low to moderate income areas of the city. Improvements include streets, parks, neighborhood centers, community centers, and sidewalk projects.
Please refer any input you have on future public facility or infrastructure projects to the Department of Economic and Community Development at (979) 764-3778.
Recently funded CDBG Public Facility Projects include:
- Lincoln Center Spray Park
- Gabbard Park Improvements
- Oaks Park Pavilion
- Lincoln Center Parking
- College Main Sidewalks
- Lincoln Center Entry Sidewalk
- Lions Park Swing Set
- Prairie View Heights Street Lighting
- Oaks Park Improvements
In order to receive annual CDBG funding, the City must submit a five year Consolidated Plan and an annual Action Plan for each of those five years. The Economic and Community Development Department is the City's primary agency for both the Consolidated Plan and the Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER). To view publications, click here.
The Five Year Consolidated Plan
In the Consolidated Plan, the City identifies its goals for community development programs, which also serve as the criteria against which HUD will evaluate the City's performance in carrying out the identified goals. The Consolidated Plan promotes a comprehensive approach to local decisions by engaging all local residents interested in community development, helping identify the needs of the community to formulate strategies for addressing current and future needs.
The Action Plan
The One-Year Action Plan, updated annually, is a component of the Consolidated Plan used to reflect any changes previously reported. Additionally, the plan includes the annual allocations, program projections, and budget for the upcoming year.
The Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report
At the close of each program year, the City uses its CAPER to inform the public on how CDBG and HOME funds have been expended, and to describe the purpose and extent to which the programs have been delivered.