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For over three decades, the City of College Station has administered programs designed to serve the needs of low- and moderate-income residents. The Community Development Division facilitates such efforts in large part with funds received from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) via the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME). While these funds have contributed in a variety of ways to improving conditions community-wide, regulatory requirements and limited resources have compelled the division to reassess how most effectively the City can assist its residents most in need.

With the intent to help maintain a minimum quality of life for all and to wisely focus resources, staff has undertaken the community development master planning process. The plan is anticipated to consist of three phases:

  1. A view of demographics and the existing conditions of basic needs for subsistence and economic participation;
  2. An evaluation of current programs to address needs and where gaps in service exist; and
  3. The development of goals and an implementation plan that will assist the City enhance its conventional tools for community development and explore the possibility of non-conventional tools to further strengthen the community.

PLAN DOCUMENTS

Phase I: Existing Conditions
Phase I of the Community Development Master Plan outlines the demographics of College Station residents. Characteristics of the low- to moderate-income (LMI) population are emphasized, with a description of what it means to be in poverty locally. Many obstacles, barriers, and challenges in the areas of housing, employment, financial security, transportation, and health care faced by this segment of the population are described.

Phase II: Current Programs and Gap Identification
Phase II of the Community Development Master Plan examines the variety of social service providers in the area and how those organizations serve those in need. Limitations and challenges of such services and resources are analyzed, leading to a discussion regarding gaps in assistance.



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