Monday, March 21, 2011
Community Development Advisory Committee Public Hearings Scheduled
The City of Bryanís Community Development Advisory Committee will host three Public Hearings and one Public Meeting to ask for citizenís comments on community needs, fair housing issues and the Community Development Services Departmentís affirmative marketing plan. The Committee is seeking comments regarding the Cityís 2011 programs utilizing Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Home Investment Partnerships Program funds (HOME) on Thursday, March 24, at 6:00 p.m. at the Municipal Office Building, Basement Training Room, 300 S. Texas Avenue, in Bryan.
The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Home Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) funds are eligible to Cities with populations over 50,000 and assist the Cities in providing money for programs that benefit primarily low to moderate income citizens. Currently these programs are being considered by Congress to be eliminated or drastically reduced. Citizensí input is highly encouraged to provide feedback on how these programs benefit the neighborhoods and residents of Bryan, Texas.
The City of Bryanís Community Development Services Department provides several housing programs designed to preserve and increase the housing stock, upgrade deteriorating neighborhoods, and improve living conditions. They do this by offering eligible citizens home owner-occupied major rehabilitation/reconstruction, minor home repairs and home buyers assistance. Staff also works with local developers to increase new housing stock creating new opportunities for homeownership and by providing technical assistance for rental property improvements. In addition, the City funds eligible non-profits who provide health and human services directly to clients through a joint process with the City of College Station on an annual basis, and are the 2nd largest source of funds for eligible agencies in the area.
The Bryan Community Development Advisory Committee (CDAC) and staff will provide information to the citizens of Bryan regarding eligible activities for these grants, the availability of the 2011 public facility application, fair housing requirements and affirmative marketing plan through presentations. The CDAC members, who host public meetings to provide a forum to voice community needs, want your comments on neighborhood issues which are eligible for funding through these grants, such as housing, code enforcement, infrastructure, and access to public service programs. City staff will also be available from the Community Development Services Department to answer questions after the Public Hearings and Public Meeting.
Additional Contact Information
Alsie Bond or Art Roach
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