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CDBG Announcements

The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs ("TDHCA") will hold a public hearing to accept public comment on the Draft 2019 State of Texas Consolidated Plan: One-Year Action Plan.

The public hearing will take place as follows:
Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018
2 p.m. Austin local time
Stephen F. Austin Building
1700 N. Congress Ave., Room 173
Austin, TX 78701

TDHCA, Texas Department of Agriculture ("TDA"), and Texas Department of State Health Services ("DSHS") prepared the Draft 2019 State of Texas Consolidated Plan: One-Year Action Plan ("the Plan") in accordance with 24 CFR  Section 91.320. TDHCA coordinates the preparation of the State of Texas Consolidated Plan documents. The Plan covers the State's administration of the Community Development Block Grant ("CDBG") Program by TDA, the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS Program ("HOPWA") by DSHS, and the Emergency Solutions Grants ("ESG") Program, the HOME Investment Partnerships ("HOME") Program, and the National Housing Trust Fund ("NHTF") by TDHCA.

The Plan reflects the intended uses of funds received by the State of Texas from HUD for Program Year 2019. The Program Year begins on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, and ends on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020. The Plan also illustrates the State's strategies in addressing the priority needs and specific goals and objectives identified in the 2015-2019 State of Texas Consolidated Plan.

The Plan may be accessed from TDHCA's Public Comment web page at: http://www.tdhca.state.tx.us/public-comment.htm. The public comment period for the Plan will be open from Monday, Oct. 15, 2018, through Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018. Anyone may submit comments on the Plan in written form or oral testimony at the Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018, public hearing. In addition, written comments concerning the Plan may be submitted by mail to the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, Housing Resource Center, P.O. Box 13941, Austin, TX 78711-3941, by email to info@tdhca.state.tx.us, or by fax to 512-475-0070 anytime during the comment period. Comments must be received no later than Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018, at 6 p.m. Austin local time.

Individuals who require auxiliary aids or services for the public hearing should contact Cate Tracz, ADA responsible employee, at 512-936-7803 or Relay Texas at 800-735-2989 at least three days before the meeting so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

If you have questions regarding this email, please contact TDHCA Housing Resource Administrator Cate Tracz at cate.tracz@state.tx.us or 512-475-0070.

TxCDBG Beginner Workshop in November

TDA will be conducting a Beginner Administrator Workshop.  The workshop will be two full days and will cover the basics of administering contracts for the TxCDBG Program including 2018 Implementation TxCDBG Manual.  The workshop will be in Austin on Nov. 6 and 7.  Those attending this two day workshop will be also receive their 2018 TxCDBG Administrator certification.  The location is close proximity to the TDA headquarters. 

For more information and to register visit the TxCDBG Training page – click here


Disaster Relief Fund Applications Related to Hurricane Harvey

In recognition of the challenges facing Texas communities recovering from Hurricane Harvey, TDA announces the following modifications to application procedures for the Texas CDBG Disaster Relief Fund:

The deadline to apply for assistance related to Hurricane Harvey is extended from one year following the event (August 23) to January 31, 2019.

If the funding request is not to provide the local share for a FEMA funded project (i.e a stand-alone TxCDBG funded project), support documentation for the application may include draft Project Worksheets which identify the initial scope of work and cost estimate reviewed by FEMA or TDEM staff.  In order to be acceptable without the fully approved PW, the draft must be provided as a printout or report generated through FEMA’s Grants Portal.


2019-2020 Community Development Fund Application and Guide now available

TDA is pleased to announce the release of the 2019-2020 Community Development Fund applicationThe Community Development Fund is the largest fund category in the TxCDBG Program. This fund is available on a biennial basis for funding through a competition in each of the 24 state planning regions. Although most funds are used for Public Facilities (water/wastewater infrastructure, street and drainage improvements), there are numerous other activities for which these funds may be used.

Application deadline: February 7, 2019.

Scoring Criteria: In addition to State Scoring see Regional Review Committee Criteria for your area

Application Training webinar: August 31, 2018
Please visit the TxCDBG Training Page for details and registration.

Technical Assistance: Once a project has been selected, communities are encouraged to seek technical assistance from TDA to verify beneficiary areas prior to the application deadline. TA will be provided as time permits; requests submitted early in the application period are most likely to receive a response that can assist with the application.  Submit to CDBGapps@TexasAgriculture.gov:

-   Map showing location of proposed improvements AND clear boundaries of benefiting service area; 
-   Description of how residents of the identified service area will benefit from the proposed improvements;
-   Supporting documentation for beneficiaries (Census-based LMISD data or Beneficiary Survey).


2018 TxCDBG Implementation Manual Webinar

TDA will be conducting a final 2018 TxCDBG Implementation Manual webinar on Monday, September 10, starting at 10AM. The webinar will last approximately 4 hours and will not break for lunch. There will be an exam associated with the webinar and instructions will be given during the training. This is an opportunity for those still not certified to be added to the 2018 TxCDBG Certified Administrators List.

To register for the webinar click HERE. Also refer to the TxCDBG Training Page for the webinar information, training slides and other training opportunities.

Additionally, a Beginner Workshop will be conducted in October 2018 in Austin, Texas to provide in-depth training for grant administrators who are new to the TxCDBG Program.


Stakeholder Session - Program Year 2019

TDA will host a webinar conversation with stakeholders to discuss the HUD planning process, challenges to be addressed in 2019, and initial plans for the Method of Distribution

Thursday, August 16th, 1:00PM
Please visit the TxCDBG Training Page for webinar link and details


Texas Rural Health and Economic Development Advisory Council

The Advisory Council's next meeting has been scheduled. A preliminary agenda can be found on the TDA website.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018, 1:30PM
Stephen F. Austin Building, 11th Floor
Austin, Texas

Preliminary Agenda


2018 Downtown Revitalization & Main Street Program Application and Guide now available 

TDA is pleased to announce the release of the 2018 Downtown Revitalization & Main Street Fund (DRP/MS) application. The DRP/MS fund is a competitive grant program for public infrastructure improvements in an incorporated municipality’s downtown area. The objective of this fund is to provide assistance to aid in the elimination of slum and blight conditions. In addition, this year, an applicant may also apply for the Small and Microenterprise Loan Fund (SMRF) in conjunction with their DRP or MS application. SMRF provides capital to rural communities to invest in new and/or existing small businesses. Combined with DRP/MS funding, these funds can aid in the revitalization rural downtown areas through infrastructure improvements and job creation.

The application deadline is October 31, 2018.

Application Training webinars are scheduled through August, and additional webinars may be scheduled as needed. Please visit the TxCDBG Training Page for dates and registration.

For questions, please contact Aubrey-Ann Gilmore at aubrey-ann.gilmore@texasagriculture.gov


Recent staff changes for TxCDBG


Position   Previous Employee  New Employee Email Phone Number
Environmental Review and Labor Standards Specialist David Brown Pam Wozniak Pamela.Wozniak@TexasAgriculture.gov  512-936-6709
 Contract Specialist    Kevin Smith    Mary Davison Mary.Davison@TexasAgriculture.gov  512-936-6729
            Contract Specialist            Cindy Miller
New Employee - 
Starting July 15
 Prior to July 1 - Contact Melissa Gonzales
Melissa.Gonzales@TexasAgriculture.gov
 
 Administrative Assistant/Contract Technician   Pam McIntyre Pamela.McIntyre@TexasAgriculture.gov  512-475-0885
Administrative Assistant/Contract Technician    Nora Noble-Christoff  Nora.Noble-Christoff@TexasAgriculture.gov   512-936-6724


Announcing the upcoming 2018 Implementation Manual Workshops

​Four one-day workshops are planned at the below locations and dates. Click HERE to register.

​July 10, 2018: Abilene, TX - West Central Texas Council of Governements
​July 19, 2018: Huntsville, TX - Walker County Storm Shelter
July 26, 2018: Greenville, TX - Greenville Workforce Center
July 31, 2018: San Antonio, TX - Alamo Area Council of Governments

A Beginner Workshop will be conducted October 2018 in Austin, Texas to provide in-depth training for grant administrators who are new to the TxCDBG Program. More details coming soon.


2018 Income Limits Released

The 2018 income limits were released on April 1, 2018. The income surveys have been updated and can be found on the Beneficiary Documentation page HERE.


Fair Housing Month, Proclamation from the Governor

Governor Abbott declares April 2018 to be Fair Housing Month. A copy of the proclamation may be found HERE.


Notice of Public Hearing and Public Comment Period on the Draft 2018 Consolidated Plan: One-Year Action Plan

The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs ("TDHCA") will hold a public hearing to accept public comment on the Draft 2018 State of Texas Consolidated Plan: One-Year Action Plan.

The public hearing will take place as follows:

Thursday, March 8, 2018
2 p.m. Austin local time
Stephen F. Austin Building
1700 N. Congress Ave., Room 173
Austin, TX 78701

TDHCA, Texas Department of Agriculture ("TDA"), and Texas Department of State Health Services ("DSHS") prepared the Draft 2018 State of Texas Consolidated Plan: One-Year Action Plan ("the Plan") in accordance with 24 CFR 91.320. TDHCA coordinates the preparation of the State of Texas Consolidated Plan documents. The Plan covers the State's administration of the Community Development Block Grant Program ("CDBG") by TDA, the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS Program ("HOPWA") by DSHS, and the Emergency Solutions Grants ("ESG") Program, the HOME Investment Partnerships ("HOME") Program, and the National Housing Trust Fund ("NHTF") by TDHCA.

The Plan reflects the intended uses of funds received by the State of Texas from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development ("HUD") for Program Year 2018. The Program Year begins on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, and ends on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019. The Plan also illustrates the State's strategies in addressing the priority needs and specific goals and objectives identified in the 2015-2019 State of Texas Consolidated Plan.

The Plan may be accessed from TDHCA's Public Comment Web page at: http://www.tdhca.state.tx.us/public-comment.htm. The public comment period for the Plan will be open from Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, through Monday, March 26, 2018. Anyone may submit comments on the Plan in written form or oral testimony at the Thursday, March 8, 2018, public hearing. In addition, written comments concerning the Plan may be submitted by mail to the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, Housing Resource Center, P.O. Box 13941, Austin, TX 78711-3941; by email to info@tdhca.state.tx.us; or by fax to 512-475-0070 anytime during the comment period. Comments must be received no later than Monday, March 26, 2018, at 6 p.m. Austin local time.

Individuals who require auxiliary aids or services at the public hearing should contact Cate Tracz, ADA responsible employee, at 512-936-7803 or Relay Texas at 800-735-2989 at least three days before the meeting so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

Non-English speaking individuals who require interpreters at the public hearing should contact Elena Peinado by phone at 512-475-3814 or by email at elena.peinado@tdhca.state.tx.us at least three days before the meeting so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

Personas que hablan espanol y requieren un interprete, favor de llamar a Elena Peinado al siguiente numero 512-475-3814 o enviarle un correo electronico a elena.peinado @tdhca.state.tx.us por lo menos tres dias antes de la junta para hacer los preparativos apropiados.

Click HERE to view the TxCDBG Proposed PY 2018 Funding.


TxCDBG Program Year 2018 Applications and Guides now available 

TDA is pleased to announce the release of Program Year 2018 applications for multiple fund categories. These applications will be accepted beginning with the start of the TxCDBG Program Year, February 1, 2018.

Planning & Capacity Building Fund:
Application Deadline: April 6, 2018
2018 PCB Application Guide

Texas Capital Fund - Infrastructure & Real Estate Programs:
Application Deadline: 20th of each month
2018 TCF- Infrastructure/Real Estate Application Guide

Disaster Relief Fund:
Application Deadline: Within 12 months of initial declaration of disaster event
2018 DR Application Guide

2018 Community Enhancement Fund:
Letter of Interest Deadline: March 30, 2018
Application Webinar: February 15, 10:00AM. See TxCDBG Training Page for details.
2018 CEF Application Guide


Audit Certification Forms

All communities with open TxCDBG contracts must submit an Audit Certification Form each year. For communities with fiscal years ending 9/30, the ACF is due November 30. The online ACF can be found HERE

For questions, please contact Jitendra Singh at Jitendra.Singh@TexasAgriculture.gov


What are Your Community Development Priorities?

Click HERE to complete a short survey about how you would allocate limited TxCDBG resources.


Stakeholder Discussion - TxCDBG Program Year 2018

​Join TxCDBG leaders to review the proposed Method of Distribution for Program Year 2018 and to discuss community needs for the future. Information about current and historical allocations as well as proposed funding will be available at each session

​Wednesday, September 6th, 1:30PM
​Stephen F. Austin Building
​1700 Congress Avenue, Austin TX

​Thursday, September 7th, 1:30PM
​Webinar
The link to the Webinar can be found on the TxCDBG Training Page


TxCDBG Awards and Applications made from 2012-2016

Click HERE for a listing of all award made by TxCDBG from 2012-2016. Awards are ordered by COG, then alphabetically by county and grantee name.An Excel file of the same data can be found HERE.Click HERE for a listing of all applications received by TxCDBG from 2012-2016. Applicants are ordered by COG, then alphabetically by county and applicant name. An Excel file of the same data can be found HERE.A "one-pager" highlighting some of TxCDBG's recent projects may be found HERE


CDBG Listserv Signup

The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) administers HUD's non-entitlement Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program for the State of Texas. In connection with that responsibility, dissemination of information (often time-sensitive) to stakeholders is important. Following are examples of information communicated to stakeholders: Notice of funding rounds, availability of funds, public notices, workshops, and general program information. Subscribe to CDBG by filling out the form located at the following link: 

http://lists.state.tx.us/mailman/listinfo/cdbg

You will be sent email requesting confirmation, to prevent others from gratuitously subscribing you. This is a hidden list, which means that the list of members is available only to the list administrator.


Fax Number Change:

Please be advised that faxes directed to TxCDBG should be sent to the following number, effective immediately: (888) 216-9867