The Community Development Office improves the quality of life in existing Round Rock neighborhoods by providing services to individuals and families, and reinvesting in neighborhood improvements. Round Rock furthers community development through participation in the Department of Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. The CDBG program emphasizes participation and representation of the target population(s). Round Rock has used its annual CDBG grant funds to provide housing programs, infrastructure, parks, entrepreneurial opportunities and public services to assist low and moderate income residents.
The following are some of the projects that were made possible through the CDBG program in the City of Round Rock:
- Construction of new sidewalks on East Austin Avenue and in the Greenhill Subdivision
- Purchase of an ADA playground and shade structure for the domestic violence shelter
- Rehabilitation of homes for low to moderate income residents
- Funding for the CASA, Round Rock Area Serving Center, Council for At-Risk Youth, and the Sacred Heart Community Clinic so they may provide much needed public services to the community.
Mortgage assistance HUD provides support to a nationwide network of Housing Counseling Agencies (HCA) and counselors. HCAs are trained and approved by HUD to provide tools to current and prospective homeowners, renters so that they can make responsible choices to address their housing needs in light of their financial situations..
The primary functions of the Community Development Office are to:
- Research the nature and extend of local social and reinvestment needs through public hearings and surveys, as well as more objective measures;
- Develop priorities and strategies to address these needs in consultation with City departments and local public and private service organizations;
- Apply for CDBG program funds and distribute them to the public and private organizations that can best meet the identified needs;
- Provide technical assistance, financial and program analysis to these organizations and other project sponsors; the office is also responsible for monitoring all project activities to ensure compliance with HUD regulatory and policy requirements.
In accordance with HUD regulations, all activities supported with CDBG resources must directly benefit low and moderate income persons or eliminate slum and blight. Although these programs directly benefit individuals and families, the entire community benefits through the CDBG program’s investment in the health, safety and stability of its neighborhoods.
For the 2018-2019 Program Year the Community Development Office received $1,124,340 in grant requests for $674,395 of available CDBG funds. Some of the projects, programs and activities that have received Round Rock CDBG funds over the years include:
- Funding for income-eligible homeowners to repair structural or safety problems (Home Repair Program)
- Improve safety by constructing sidewalks in some older neighborhoods that lacked them
- Recreation and playground facilities in several neighborhood parks and public housing facilities
- Building improvements at the WBCD Head Start building and Williamson County Crisis Center.
- Street improvements new in the Greenhill neighborhood.
- Purchase adaptive seating and therapy equipment for developmentally disabled children
- Scholarships allowing low-income children and senior citizens to participate in recreational, educational and after-school activities
- Food pantry programs
- Prescription assistance
- Purchase of affordable lots for new Habitat for Humanity homes
- Mortgage assistance
Community Development Programs
CDBG Sub-Grants A large portion of CDBG funds are distributed to other nonprofit social service organizations in order to further the program’s goals. Allocations to recipients must be consistent with the community priorities outlined in the Five-Year Consolidated Plan. Applications are due in the spring, and proposed allocations are subject to a 30-day comment period in early summer.
CDBG 2019-2020 Social Service and General Project Applications
Social Service Funding Application (Available February 18, 2019 and due by 4:00 p.m. March 18, 2019)
General Projects Funding Application (Available February 18, 2019 and due by 4:00 p.m. March 18, 2019)
FY 2018 HUD Income Limits Summary
Here are some helpful links:
- To determine if a project or an activity is eligible to be assisted with CDBG funds the interested parties should visit here.
- To learn about CDBE laws and regulations, visit here.
- For information about Community Planning and Development (CPD) Notices, visit here.
- To learn more about your Fair Housing Rights or if you have questions on Tenant Rights, visit here.
- For information on affordable housing or see the Guide to Affordable Housing in the Greater Austin Area, visit here.
Community Needs Assessment Each year (usually in February and March) the Community Development Office conducts public hearings to find out what Round Rock residents perceive as the most pressing human service needs in their community. If funding permits, a Community Needs Assessment Survey is administered at the same time through the City website. This assessment is considered and applied to the decision-making process to develop programs and activities for the annual Action Plans (see below) and create funding strategies in the 5-year Consolidated Plan.
Five-Year Consolidated Plan The Consolidated Plan (or ConPlan) is a five-year strategic planning document that also serves as the City’s application for CDBG funds from HUD. The ConPlan states the City’s priorities and goals for community development, which are developed with public input from the Community Needs Assessment. The City Council adopts the ConPlan by resolution every five years. HUD then allocates funding on a formula basis set by Congress, which is distributes annually to grantees.
Currently, the City’s CDBG Community Development Department is developing the next Five Year Consolidated Plan (2019-2023) and the 2019-2020 Annual Action Plan. A public hearing to hear resident and stakeholder needs will be held before City Council on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 6 p.m. Stakeholders are encouraged to participate and take a survey.
Community Development Action Plans Action Plans are components of the ConPlan that are submitted to HUD each August, and that also serve as the community’s annual application for CDBG funding. The Action Plan details the proposed community development programs and activities for the year, and explain how they address the priorities and goals expressed in the ConPlan. The annual Community Needs Assessment also has a significant role in shaping the annual Action Plans.
Consolidated Annual Performance & Evaluation Report (CAPER) The Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) is an evaluation of the City’s progress toward the goals of the ConPlan over the past year. The CAPER serves as a performance report to HUD, accounting for the CDBG funds the City has received.
Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Study
The City of Round Rock CDBG Program is currently working with the City of Austin, Round Rock Housing Authority, Travis County, Taylor Housing Authority, City of Pflugerville, Capital Area Council of Governments, Housing Authority of the City of Austin, Georgetown Housing Authority, and Williamson County to develop a regional Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing (AI). CDBG staff entered into an interlocal agreement with these other cities/housing authorities and hired a consultant to complete the Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing (AI) in 2017. The AI is currently being drafted and the City of Round Rock is encouraging public participation through attendance at at a community meeting on the Regional AI Study scheduled for Saturday, March 9, 2019 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Alan R. Baca Center Grand Meeting Room. Lunch will be served.
For more information on this meeting, click here.
For more information on this regional Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Study, please visit: centraltexasfairhousing.org
Citizens Participation Plan
The Citizen Participation Plan (CPP) is a document that prescribes the public input process related to required federal reports for the City of Round Rock’s Office of Community Development CDBG program, such as the Annual Action Plan and the Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funding. The CPP must now be amended because HUD has changed fair housing regulations, which now require the City of Round Rock to complete an Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH) before the next 5-year Consolidated Plan is due. The AFH is an analysis that will identify fair housing issues in the city and region, discuss their contributing factors, and set meaningful goals to increase opportunity for protected classes in Round Rock. The AFH will be completed in 2018. The proposed amendments to the CPP reflect the required community participation components for the AFH process.
Notice of this public hearing was advertised in the Round Rock Leader on November 18, 2017, and posted at City Hall on November 17, 2017. The proposed amendments to the CPP were posted on the City website and at various locations throughout the city. The public comment period was from November 20, 2017, to December 6, 2017. Any public comments received will be addressed. Adoption of the proposed amendments will be presented before City Council at the December 21, 2017, meeting.
Office of Community Development
221 E. Main Street, Round Rock TX 78664