Community Development Programs and Activities PY2016-2017

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Community Development Programs and Activities PY2016-2017


The Community Development Division is responsible for community development and revitalization activities, primarily in older or declining neighborhoods. Staff members include:
  • Tiffany Foster, Director - Director, Planning and Development Services
  • June Tyler - Senior Program Manager
  • Ferni Greene-Small - Housing Specialist
  • Sharon Rose - Community Development Technician
  • Marcus Curry- Demolition and Housing Inspector
 
Primary funding comes from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. Other funding comes from the City of Baytown’s General Fund, CDBG Recovery Act Funds, and Harris County for transportation. A summary of the division’s programs and activities are listed below with the current levels of funding and responsible staff/agency.

 

Owner-Occupied Housing Rehabilitation/Reconstruction (Rehab)

This program stabilizes neighborhoods by providing safe, decent, and sanitary housing for low-income households. Eligible households may receive up to $64,600 for a 3-bedroom reconstruction, up to $25,000 for code complying rehabilitation and up to $5,000 for handicap/disabled modifications to an existing home. The assistance is in the form of a five year deferred, forgivable lien. The program also includes lead-based paint testing and abatement (if applicable). Funding is for personnel costs, operating expenses, and at least seven projects. Administered by the Housing Specialist and Housing Inspector.

Homebuyers’ Assistance

The purpose of this program is to stabilize neighborhoods by assisting income-eligible households in purchasing affordable housing. Homebuyers may receive an Assistance Loan up to $4,500 for down-payment and/or normal closing costs incurred with the purchase of property priced at $140,000 or below. The Assistance Loan is a five year deferred, forgivable lien. Funding is for personnel, operating costs, and at least 8 homebuyers. Administered by the Housing Specialist.  

Residential Sewer Line Repair/Replacement

The City implemented a city-wide initiative designed to decrease the inflow and infiltration of wastewater into the city’s main water system. Property owners are required to repair or replace their private sewer lines if they are found to be defective. This program provides financial assistance to low-moderate income homeowners in need of repairs. Funding is to assist homeowners with repairs to their private sewer service lines. Administered by the Housing Specialist and Housing Inspector.

Substandard Structures Abatement 

The program aids in the prevention of slum and blight by addressing dilapidated abandoned structures. Staff provides support and recommendations to the Building Division and the City’s Municipal Court in regards to ordering owners to repair, secure, remove or demolish vacant and/or abandoned structures. Ultimately, the program removes structures that pose a hazard to citizens and/or are utilized for illegal activities. Funding is for personnel and administrative costs. Administered by the Building Division and the Housing Inspector.

Community Development Transportation Program

The program provides eligible senior and disabled citizens and victims of domestic violence with 24-hour non-emergency transportation within the city limits of Baytown and to and from Houston for medical appointments. The City of Baytown coordinates with Harris County to provide participants transit services. Funding is to assist citizens with transit services and for personnel costs. Administered by the Housing Specialist with the assistance of the Community Development Technician.

Youth Football

Funds will provide registration fees and equipment approximately 100 low-income youth to participate in an organized sports league. Funding is $4,500 and the program is administered by the Baytown Evening Optimist Club.

Enrichment, Educational Enhancement, College Readiness

Funds will be used to provide tours for approximately 300-400 students to enhance learning, broaden their view of the world and to provide post-secondary readiness programs. Funding is for $15,000 and the program is administered by Communities In Schools of Baytown.

Clothing and Shoes for School Children

Funds will assist the agency to provide school uniforms and shoes to approximately 400 low-income students in the Goose Creek Consolidated Independent School District. Funding is for $12,000 and is administered by the Baytown Resource and Assistance Center.                                             

Project Bridge

Funds will provide childcare for homeless youth so parents have the opportunity to search for employment or continue with school and continue towards self-sufficiency. Funding is for $5,000 and the project will be administered by Bay Area Homeless Services.

Emergency Hotel Stays for Victims of Sexual/Domestic Violence

Funds will be used to provide emergency hotel stays for victims of domestic/sexual abuse, helping approximately 25 people. This program is for when there is no room at the shelter facility. Funding is for $2,967 and the project will be administered by The Bridge Over troubled Waters.

Central Heights Park Improvements

Funds will be used to increase recreational options in the CDBG Target Area by adding improvements to Central Heights Park. These improvements include security lighting in the picnic area and refurbishing the basketball court. Administered by the City of Baytown’s Parks Department.  

Neighborhood Improvement Program (NIP)

Funds will be used for dumpsters and other equipment for the removal of debris, tires and hazardous materials from a residential neighborhood. Funds will also support the formation of a Neighborhood Watch Program and a Neighborhood Association Program. Administered by the Community Development Technician.

NIP-Pelly Park Improvements

Funds will be used to increase recreational options in the CDBG Target Area by adding improvements to Pelly Park. These improvements include security lighting, a fitness station and soccer goals. Administered by the City of Baytown’s Parks Department.

CDBG Administration

These funds provide general management and oversight of CDBG-funded programs to ensure compliance with local, state, and federal regulations. Administration prepares and maintains HUD-required reports, provides technical assistance to local non-profits, and manages financial information through HUD’s disbursement system. Administration also provides staff support to the Community Development Advisory Committee. Funding is for personnel costs and related expenses. Administered by the Assistant Director of Planning & Development Services, the Senior Program Manager and the Community Development Administrative Assistant.

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