The city needs help in qualifying neighborhoods to be eligible for improvements with community development block grant funds. If you received a survey, please complete it and mail it back in the envelop provided.
For more information on the CDBG survey please call 512-341-3328.
The CDBG program
The Community Development Block Grant program (CDBG) is a federal grant program to help communities address the most serious challenges facing their communities. These grant funds assist very-low, low and moderate-income houseeholds adn individuals by providing much needed services, housing and facilities. The program was established by the Federal Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 (42 USC 5301) and is administered nationally by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The CDBG program is one of the longest continuously running programs at HUD.
Download the 2012-2013 Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER) (PDF)
The CDBG program is a flexible program, providing communities with funds and resources to address the particular needs of their communities. Proposed uses of CDBG must directly benefit low- and moderate-income people, prevent or eliminate slums or blight, or otherwise address an urgent threat to health or safety. CDBG funds may be used for community development activities (such as real estate acquisition, relocation, demolition, rehabilitation of housing and commercial buildings); construction of public facilities and improvements (such as water and sewer facilities, streets, neighborhood centers, and the conversion of school buildings); public services and economic development and job creation/retention activities.
The annual appropriation for the CDBG program is split between the states and more than 1,000 local jurisdictions called entitlement communities. Entitlement communities may be the central cities of Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) defined by the Census, other cities with populations of at least 50,000, or qualified urban counties with populations of at least 200,000 (excluding the populations of entitled cities). Smaller cities and unincorporated areas are served through their state’s CDBG program. HUD determines the amount of each community’s grant with a formula incorporating objective measure of community needs, including population, the extent of poverty and overcrowded housing, age of population and housing and lagging growth in relationship to other metropolitan areas.
CDBG in Round Rock
In 1998, the City of Round Rock was designated as an entitlement city by HUD. The City has used its Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to provide housing programs, infrastructure, parks, entrepreneurial opportunities and public services to assist low and moderate income residents. In FY 2012-2013 the City received $482,431 in CDBG funds.
The Home Repair Program is funded entirely with CDBG funds. Other public and private programs and projects that have received Round Rock CDBG funds over the years include:
- Sidewalks constructed on Country Aire Drive, Bellview St., Nash St., Mandell St., Georgetown St., Black St., Lewis St., Spring St. and in Mesa Park
- Bicycle and jogging trails at Mesa Village Park
- Park improvements and playground equipment at Memorial Park, Veterans Park, Mesa Village Park, Greenhill Park and Buck Eggers Park
- Replaced unsafe playground equipment at Round Rock Housing Authority’s Lancehaven facility and the Williamson County Crisis Center
- Public facility improvements for the Round Rock Senior Center, the new Round Rock Area Serving Center, the AGAPE Pregnancy Resource Center and the Williamson County Crisis Center
- Scholarships for after school programs and recreational activities (PARD)
- Scholarships for senior citizen programs and services (Round Rock Senior Center, Adult Day Care Center)
- Adaptive seating and therapy equipment for developmentally disabled children (Bluebonnet Hills MHMR)
- Addition of supplemental weekend meals to Meals-on-Wheels services
- Williamson County Health District (WCHD) programs, such as CHIP, Healthcare helpline, dental and vision voucher programs
- Food pantry programs
- Prescription assistance (Round Rock Area Serving Center)
- “Kiddo Card” child ID crime prevention program (Police Department)
- Fair housing activities, such as homebuyer education programs and housing fairs
- After school and summer day care for Head Start children (WBCO)
- Coats for Kids
Although these programs directly benefit individuals and families, the entire community benefits indirectly through the CDBG program’s investment in its health, safety and stability.
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