Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP)
Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP) is a new activity to be carried out through the Office of Neighborhood Services (ONS) to revitalize the 15 LMI neighborhoods by wrapping income qualified client’s owner occupied homes in Smart Board. ONS will focus on one neighborhood at a time to redevelop those neighborhoods long neglected. Plans are to begin in the Alameda Neighborhood which is an Abilene Neighborhood Initiative (ANI). The same basic information that determines eligibility for the Critical/Limited Program applies for the Neighborhood Revitalization Program.
Connecting Caring Communities (CCC) has partnered with the City of Abilene, Office of Neighborhood Services (ONS) to develop a community driven collaboration entitled Abilene Caring Together (ACT). CCC has partnered with the ONS to carry out the oversight of volunteers and the purchase, inventory and storage of painting materials to work in the Low-Moderate Income Neighborhoods (LMI). ACT volunteers will paint homes in the 15 LMI Neighborhoods that have been resided by ONS approved contractors. The ACT Program will create a positive impact by providing materials and volunteers.
Contact ONS staff for further information at 325-437-4576.
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 with no water, gas, heat, electrical service, leaks in roofs, open sewers, or where handicap accessibility is needed. The Critical Repair Program will only correct problems deemed a critical situation.
First Time Homebuyer Program
In addition, First Time Homebuyer Program may be able to offer up to $5,000 for down payment and closing costs to first time buyers.
Single Family Rehabilitation/Reconstruction
You may be eligible to receive financial assistance for rehabilitation of your home.
Complete the above Applications (make certain to answer all questions), then print and submit the application with required documentation to:
Office of Neighborhood Services
Located at City Hall, 555 Walnut, Room 206
Abilene, Texas 79601
For further assistance contact (325) 437-4576
ONS Accepting Applications for Local Contractors to Perform Work for Federal HUD Grants
Minority and/or women-owned contracting firms are encouraged to participate in this program.
The Office of Neighborhood Services is founded on five principles. These principles state that the ONS will:
- Build and support neighborhood leadership
- Change the community mindset of advocate neighborhoods
- Secure a resource commitment for neighborhoods
- Focus service efforts on achieving neighborhood stability
- Respect neighborhood identity
The ONS is responsible for administering two federal grants: the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and the Home Investment Partnerships Program (HOME). To remain eligible for the grants, the City must submit a five-year strategic plan - the 2015-2019 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. (ONS)
City of Abilene
ATTN: Joana Wuest
555 Walnut Street
Abilene, TX 79601
American Community Gardening Association (ACGA)* founded in 1979 helps gardening programs share their limited resources, and benefit from each other's experience and expertise by offering support, coaching and wherever possible, connect programs with specific challenges to programs which have already worked through similar situations.
Neighborhood Link* is an Internet-based community network that enables every neighborhood in participating metropolitan areas to create their own free, interactive Web site with no knowledge of html or any programming language.
Center for Neighborhood Technology* provides neighborhoods with information on tools and methods that create livable urban communities for everyone. Until recently, most of their work has focused on the Chicago region and its communities. However the tools and methods used are relevant to many other urban settings.
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- U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development*
- National Community Development Association*
- HOME Information*
- Council of State Community Development Agencies*
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555 Walnut Street (City Hall) Room 206
Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Telephone: (325) 437-4576 Fax: (325) 437-4577
Homeownership AssistanceFirst-Time Homebuyer Program
The First Time Homebuyer Program is an income qualifying program which provides up to $5,000 for the down payment and eligible closing costs for the purchase of a home based on your income and family composition. The money is paid to the title agency on the day of closing.
The home you are purchasing must be within the city limits of Abilene, and you must either be a resident of Abilene or work/go to school in Abilene to qualify.
Home Rehabilitation ProgramNeighborhood Services administers two programs that provide grants/loans of varying amounts to repair or rehabilitate homes owned and occupied by low or moderate income homeowners.
1. Critical/Limited Repair Program - address emergency situations that are determined to be a threat to the health and safety of the occupant or neighborhood.
2. Single-Family Rehabilitation Program - assists with repairs that are needed to bring the home into code compliance. This program is designed for homes that need extensive repairs.
If the homeowner and the home qualify for either of these programs, the Office of Neighborhood Services will provide assistance in obtaining a licensed contractor to perform the work.
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. For more information, please call 325-437-4576.For more information about any of these programs, or to find out how to apply, please call 325-437-4576.