Fort Bend County sets public hearing, discuss $4.66M in housing, community programs for low- to moderate-income residents

Fort Bend County sets public hearing, discuss $4.66M in housing, community programs for low- to moderate-income residents

To help determine housing and community needs for low- to moderate-income residents, Fort Bend County’s Community Development Department will conduct a public hearing at 1 p.m. June 14 at the county courthouse building. Aside from this event. public comment will be accepted by phone or email until June 30.

Fort Bend County will conduct a public hearing June 14 at 1 p.m. at the county courthouse at 401 Jackson St., Richmond, as per the process for developing the fiscal year 2022 Consolidated Annual Action Plan for U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development funding, said Carol Borrego, director of community development for the county.

The purpose of the hearing is to receive comments regarding the plan’s proposed projects, the most expensive of which include a $743,825 countywide housing rehabilitation program, a $630,000 countywide Community Development Block Grant program for administration and planning, and $600,000 for Phase 2 of sanitary sewer improvements in Rosenberg.

HUD funding for community development includes the planning and application of CDBG, HOME Investment Partnerships, the Emergency Solutions Grant and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS programs.

These overall goals for these programs, per a public notice provided by the county, are to provide decent housing; to establish and maintain a suitable living environment; and to expand the economic opportunities for each resident of the county, particularly for low- and moderate-income persons.

The amount of monetary assistance available from HUD totals $4.66 million for CDBG, HOME Investment Partnerships and ESG programming. A breakdown of funding per program in each category is as follows:

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program: $3,322,918

  • Countywide CDBG Program Administration and Planning (20% max), $630,000
  • Beasley Wastewater System upgrade, $300,000
  • Kendleton Water System improvements, $275,000
  • Orchard Water Line extension and improvements, $346,000
  • Pleak Water Line improvements, $300,000
  • Riverwood FBC MUD No. 19 Lift Station No. 1 pump replacement, $450,000
  • Rosenberg Sanitary Sewer improvements Phase 2, $600,000
  • Countywide Arc of FBC social and recreational program, $40,000
  • Countywide Brazos Bend guardianship services: Corporate Guardianship Program, $50,000
  • Countywide Catholic Charities integrated case management for seniors, $45,000
  • Countywide Child Advocates Children’s Advocacy Center operational support, $49,000
  • Countywide FBC Women’s Center shelter services, $65,000
  • Countywide Literacy Council of Fort Bend: adult literacy, $60,000
  • Countywide FBC Social Services: homeless/homelessness prevention programs, $112,918

HOME Investment Partnerships Program: $1,046,472

  • Countywide HOME Program administration (10% max), $104,647
  • Countywide HACDC: Single Family Clay Development, $198,000
  • Countywide FBC Housing Rehabilitation Program, $743,825

Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Program: $294,122

  • Countywide ESG program administration (7.5% max), $22,059
  • Countywide Parks Youth Ranch emergency shelter, $80,000
  • Countywide FBC Women’s Center emergency shelter, $89,000
  • Countywide FBC Social Services: emergency shelter, $7,000
  • Countywide FBC Social Services: ReHousing/homelessness prevention/stabilization services, $96,063

The plan draft will be available for public review and comment during June. Comments can be delivered by phone to 281-341-4410 or by email to [email protected]

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