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    Community Development Programs

    Resources for Rent Assistance and Utilities

    The resources listed below may have funding for rent assistance and utilities. Each agency has their specific programs and guidelines. You will need to check with the agency for these requirements to determine if you and your household are eligible for their program.

    Some funding is related to the impact of COVID-19 on your family and some funding is related to a financial crisis.
    Some agencies on this list may offer case management and other related needs, and may or may not have funding for rent/utilities. The first six agencies have rent and/or utility assistance. This list may be updated periodically.

    Rent and/or Utilities Assistance

    • Brazos County Rental Assistance program: 979-361-4666 or brazoscountytx.gov.
    • Brazos Valley Community Action Program: 979-595-2850 and 979-595-2800
    • Project Unity (Texas Rent Assistance Program): 979-595-2900
    • The State of Texas Rent Assistance Program: texasrentrelief.com/ or 833-989-7368
    • Catholic Charities: 979-822-9340
    • Family Promise: 979-268-4309

    Other Services

    • Salvation Army: 979-361-0618
    • St. Vincent DePaul: 979-775-2273
    • St. Mary’s Catholic Center: 979-846-5717
    • St. Stephen-Elder Care Ministries: 979-846-8731
    • Financial Fitness Center: 979-595-2809
    • First Baptist Church: 979-776-1400
    • Twin City Mission: 979-822-7511
    • Elder-Aid: 979-823-5127
    • SOS Ministries: 979-3470
    • United Way: dial 211
    • Bryan Housing Authority: 979-822-2013
    • Brazos Valley Affordable Housing Corp: 9769-595-2809

    Emergency Assistance Special Economic Development Grant

    Bryan-headquartered for-profit small businesses affected by closures or interruptions because of social distancing requirements as part of the infectious disease response necessary to slow the spread of COVID-19 may be eligible for federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) working capital funds from $10,000 to $30,000 to create and/or retain jobs for low- to moderate-income employees.

    The purpose of this program is to provide immediate liquidity to Bryan small businesses, including minority and women-owned businesses, at risk of job loss for low- to moderate-income employees through direct one-time grants. These grants may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills necessary for the business to ensure retention of jobs for LMI employees. Applications are now being accepted.

    Homebuyer Assistance

    Community Development Services Department administers CDBG and HOME funding in accordance with guidelines published by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development for the benefit of the citizens of Bryan.

    The program assists eligible homebuyers in the purchase of both existing and newly constructed affordable homes. Applicants may receive a minimum of $3,500, up to $14,000, or slightly more, if appropriate, depending upon the final negotiated price of the home and the financial circumstances of the buyer, provided at closing on any home (other than manufactured homes) for sale in the City of Bryan. Assistance is provided in the form of a deferred, non-interest-bearing note requiring owner occupancy for a minimum of five years. Once the property is sold or no longer owner-occupied the assistance amount must then be repaid, to the extent net proceeds are available from any sale.

    Home Buyers Down Payment and Closing Costs Assistance Program

    Applications are currently being accepted.

    Home Foundation Initiative Program

    The Bryan Home Foundation Initiative Program seeks to assist homeowners whose mobile and manufactured homes are reaching the end of their useful life. The program allows eligible applicants to receive a one-time payment of $10,000 (non-federal funds) for the purchase of their mobile or manufactured home (to be put in escrow), assistance in constructing a stick-built home on their lot, and financial literacy and home maintenance education. Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

    • Be a legal resident
    • Be able to obtain financing through the city’s Community Development Department, a local bank, mortgage company or one of the private financing partners;
    • Be a resident of Bryan for at least five years;
    • Cannot owe any back taxes or liens on the property that are not on a payment plan;
    • Must not be delinquent on BTU utility accounts, or City of Bryan loans, unpaid citations or fines;
    • Current on income taxes, student loans, and child support payments; and
    • The property may not be located in the 100-year flood plain, unless flood insurance is obtained and current.

    Assistance will be provided on a first come, first-served basis to the first 10 eligible and ready applications during the city’s 2020 fiscal year. Applicants may combine this program with other Community Development programs, including down payment assistance, reconstruction assistance and credit counseling. The following information will be required at the time of application:

    • Social Security cards for everyone in the household.
    • Driver’s License(s) or other photo ID for everyone in the household age 18 and over.
    • W-2 forms for the past two years.
    • Income tax returns for the past two years.
    • Two months of current, consecutive check stubs for all employed household members and most recent Social Security award letter(s).
    • Print out of at least one year’s history from the Texas Attorney General child support office, if anyone in the household is ordered to receive child support, for each child support account.
    • Permanent resident card or other proof of qualified lawful resident alien status for everyone in the household who is not a citizen of the United States.
    • Compete financial account statements for each of the preceding six months for all accounts, such as checking, savings or investment accounts.
    • Divorce decree, if divorced.
    • Proof of ownership of mobile/manufactured home and property (bill of sale, deed, etc.).

    Homeowner Rehabilitation Assistance Program

    Homeowner Assistance Major Rehabilitation: Contingent upon the approval of the City Council of the City of Bryan for amounts over $50,000, or the City Manager for amounts under $50,000, funding is provided directly to a contractor to perform major rehabilitation of owner-occupied homes in need of significant repairs within the city limits of Bryan. Homes deemed infeasible to rehabilitate may require complete demolition and reconstruction. Funding is provided from the City’s HOME Investment Partnerships Program grant or Community Development Block Grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Funding is provided in the form of a repayable 0%-interest loan, structured upon the household’s ability to repay, which may be partially deferred for households earning under 50% of the Area Median Income in an amount up to $40,000 (or slightly greater for elderly or handicapped). The homeowner signs a Tri-Party Agreement for construction with the City and the contractor, and a note and deed of trust with the City prior to the start of construction.

    Minor Repair Program

    The minor housing repair assistance program is designed to alleviate immediate threats to the health and safety of low income home owners by providing grants up to $5,000 for minor home repairs. Improvements may not bring the entire structure into compliance with codes. Volunteer assistance may be employed to allow more repair work to be accomplished. Volunteer assistance will not reduce the total amount of funds allocated for a minor repair project.

    Voluntary Demolition Assistance Program

    This funding provides demolition assistance to help property owners tear down and remove dilapidated houses which have been vacant for a minimum of 90 days.

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