Office of Neighborhood Services

  1. Proposed Action Plan
  2. CDBG Application

Proposed FY 2020/2021 One-Year Action Plan for Community Development in Abilene

The City of Abilene presents the One-Year Action Plan for community development needs in Abilene. This plan reflects activities to be undertaken using U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funds during the fiscal year of Oct. 1, 2020 – Sept. 30, 2021.

The City expects to receive $1,359,149 for Program Year 2020 in HUD entitlements (Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) – $870,932 and Home Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) $487,717 on or about Oct. 1, 2020. An Action Plan is required annually as part of the City’s entitlement requirements.

2020-2024 Consolidated Plan & 1-Year Action Plan

The public comment period has officially ended.

Guiding Principles

The Office of Neighborhood Services (ONS) is founded on five principles. These principles state that the ONS will:

  • Build and support neighborhood leadership
  • Change the community mindset of advocate neighborhoods
  • Focus service efforts on achieving neighborhood stability
  • Respect neighborhood identity
  • Secure a resource commitment for neighborhoods

Neighborhood Services also administers two programs that provide grants/loans of varying amounts to repair or rehabilitate homes owned and occupied by low or moderate income homeowners. These services are available only to residents of the City of Abilene. Minority and/or women-owned contracting firms are encouraged to participate in this program.

Programs

Complete applications (make certain to answer all questions), then submit them with required documentation to the Office of Neighborhood Services.

  1. Critical Repair
  2. First Time Homebuyer
  3. Neighborhood Revitalization
  4. Single Family Rehab

Critical Repair Program

The Critical Repair Program is designed to assist Single Family owner occupied homes with critical repair problems that are a detriment to life, safety, or health of occupants, which require immediate action. These are homes where handicap accessibility is needed, or with:

  • Leaks in roofs
  • No water, gas, heat, electrical service
  • Open sewers

The Critical Repair Program will only correct problems deemed a critical situation.

Download the Critical Repair Program Application (PDF).

Grants

The ONS is responsible for administering two federal grants:

  • Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
  • Home Investment Partnerships Program (HOME)

To remain eligible for the grants, the City must submit a five-year strategic plan - the 2015 to 2019 Consolidated Plan for Housing and Community Development - and the 2015 Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice Study- to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in August 2015. The City must submit an annual One-Year Action Plan that outlines proposed projects and allocations for both programs.

In April 2001, the Abilene Community Excellence (ACE) Task Force recommended building upon the existing neighborhood program concepts in the Planning and Development Services. As a result, combining aspects of the Neighborhood Initiatives (CDBG/HOME) Division with the Planning Services Division enables us to develop a more comprehensive Office of Neighborhood Services.