With a firm commitment to neighborhood revitalization, the mission of the Planning & Community Development Department is to enhance the quality of life of low to moderate income citizens through affordable housing, economic development, public service, education, employment and health care.
The City of Beaumont has received Community Development Block Grant (CDBG ) funds for over 35 years. The said grant funds, Approximately $120,000,000 have been allocated to eligible projects, which include Housing Rehabilitation, Demolition, Historic Preservation, Public Services, Public Facilities & Improvements and the Small Business program . Since Congress passed the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, the Community Development Program has made significant improvements in the Beaumont Community, particularly in areas occupied by and activities beneficial to low to moderate income citizens.
Although it is designed to benefit low to moderate income citizens, CDBG funds have also had a positive impact on local agencies, businesses, industries and professional service agencies. For example, before and after houses are constructed or existing structures are purchased, many activities such as land acquisition, surveys, inspections, and appraisals occur. In addition, contractors are hired, laborers are employed, engineers are consulted, materials are purchased, mortgages are created, taxes are paid, title insurance and homeowner’s insurance paid and lawyers are retained. Through all these activities and more, many entities throughout the community benefit from the use of CDBG monies.
In accordance with the Community Development Act of 1974, eligible CDBG Projects must meet at least one National Objective:
- Benefit low to moderate income persons;
- Aid in the prevention or elimination of slum or blight;
- Meet urgent needs, because existing problems pose a serious threat to the health or welfare of the Community and the Financial resources are not available to meet such needs.
Pursuant to the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended, the Eligible Activity Categories include:
- Public Facilities and improvements
- Privately-Owned Utilities
- Public Services
- Interim Assistance
- Loss of Rental Income
- Removal of Architectural Barriers
- Housing Rehabilitation
- New Housing Construction
- Code Enforcement
- Historic Preservation
- Commercial or Industrial Rehabilitation
- Special Economic Development
- Special Activities by Subrecipients
- Planning and Capacity Building
- Program Administration Costs
- Other Activities