Community Development Loans & Grants

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Community Development Loans & Grants2018-11-09T09:05:12+00:00

The City of Beaumont’s Consolidated Plan is comprised of two Entitlements, which includes the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, the HOME Affordable Housing (HOME)  program and the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) program.

In General:
The CDBG program provides annual grants on a formula basis to state and local governments. The CDBG program establishes viable communities through a wide array of activities that help to ensure the commitment to decent affordable housing, create suitable living environments, and create jobs through the expansion and retention of businesses. The CDBG program is an important community /economic development tool that helps local governments tackle the serious challenges facing their communities.

The HOME program is the largest Federal block grant to states and local governments, designed exclusively to create affordable housing for low-income households. HOME is an annual formula grant that can be used – often in partnership with local nonprofit groups and Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) – to fund a wide range of activities that build, buy, and/or rehabilitate affordable housing for rental or homeownership opportunities to low income citizens.

CDBG Fund Application

The Housing Rehabilitation Program is designed to provide grants to low- and moderate-income persons, primarily those who are elderly and/or disabled. The goal of the Housing Rehabilitation program has been to provide safe, affordable housing for economically disadvantaged residents. The rehabilitation assistance, up to $5,000, is directed toward individuals who own their homes and are current on their property taxes.

We are currently not taking any more applicants.

The Historic Preservation Loan program provides zero-percent loans for exterior rehabilitation. The properties (Residential or Commercial) must have a historic designation or they must be located within the boundaries of a city designated Historic District. The amount of the loan depends on the amount of program funds available at the time of the request. The program requires that three bids be presented with a completed application. For more information, please contact: 880-3764.

The Historic Preservation Loan program provides zero-percent loans for exterior rehabilitation. The properties (Residential or Commercial) must have a historic designation or they must be located within the boundaries of a city designated Historic District. The amount of the loan depends on the amount of program funds available at the time of the request. The program requires that three bids be presented with a completed application. For more information, please contact: 880-3764.

We are currently not taking any more applicants.

The City’s Demolition Program is designed to demolish unsafe and unsanitary residential structures that have been deemed substandard. Although owners have an option and a time limit to repair residential structures, a Demolition Consent Form must be signed, in order for the City to demolish the structure at no cost.

Commercial Structures that are deemed dangerous and substandard will be demolished by the City at the expense of the owner, and a lien will be placed on the property. Although owners have an option and a time limit to repair commercial structures, a Demolition Consent Form must be signed, in order for the City to demolish the structure. For further information, please contact the Housing department at 409.880.3762.

What is Housing Discrimination?

Under the Federal Fair Housing Act, you have the right to rent, purchase, or finance housing without discrimination based on your race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status (families with children under 18), or disability, Additionally, under the Fair Housing Act, you also have the right to select housing regardless of your source of income (for example, if you receive state, local, or federal government assistance, including housing vouchers).

The Fair Housing Act covers most housing. In some circumstances, the Act exempts owner-occupied buildings with no more than four units, single-family homes sold or rented without the use of a broker and housing operated by organizations and private clubs that limit occupancy to members.

How to Recognize Housing Discrimination?

Most Housing discrimination doesn’t always mean having a door slammed in your face or bigoted remark directed your way.  Unsuspecting renters or home buyers may be politely turned away from housing of their choice, even though they are qualified.

How to File a Complaint?

Anyone who believes that he/she is a victim of Housing discrimination or harassment, may file a complaint with:

Fair Housing Officer
U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
801 Cherry, 27th Floor
Fort Worth, Texas 76102
817.978.5900 or 1.888.560.8913
To file electronically visit www.hud.gov

The City of Beaumont’s Down Payment Assistance Program is committed to making affordable housing a reality. We look forward to helping you pursue the American dream of homeownership.

Down Payment Assistance is available to low-to-moderate income first-time homebuyers who purchase either existing or newly constructed home inside the Beaumont city limits.

The DPAP is designed to assist eligible first time homebuyers with up to $14,999 toward the purchase of their first home. In order to qualify, low to moderate income citizens must complete a Housing and Urban Development (HUD) certified homebuyer’s course and obtain an approval for a loan from a bank or mortgage company. The program requires a $2,000.00 commitment from the potential home buyer.

HOME Program Income Limits 2018
Down Payment Assistance Application

Grant Funds are awarded, on a competitive basis, to 501©(3) non-profit organizations in the categories of Public Services and Public Facilities & Improvements. Public Services includes a range of services that help primarily low to moderate income persons. Public Facilities & Improvements includes the development , construction, rehabilitation or installation of buildings or infrastructure provided by the government or owned by a non-profit, and operated to serve the public. Non-profit organizations are encouraged to apply for the federal funding each year.

Public Services and Public Facilities Improvements Application

Citizen participation in the Annual Action Plan process, which begins on July 1 and extends to June 30 of the following year, must adhere to the following requirements:

  • Citizens will be provided adequate information concerning the amount of funds available for proposed community development activities; the range of activities that may be undertaken; and other important requirements;
  • City staff will hold at least one public meeting to obtain the views of citizens on community development and housing needs. Meetings will be held no later than 14 days prior to the day City Council renders its decision on the proposed Annual Action Plan. All public meetings will be advertised in a local newspaper of public record fourteen days prior to the meeting.
  • After the submission of the Annual Action Plan and upon request, staff will hold meetings with neighborhood organizations.
  • City staff will publish community-wide its proposed Annual Action Plan, so as to afford affected citizens an opportunity to examine the Plan’s contents and to provide comments on the City’s community development performance;
  • City staff will provide for and encourage citizen participation, with particular emphasis on participation by persons of low to moderate income who are residents of slum and blighted areas and areas in which funds are proposed to be used;
  • Citizens will be provided reasonable and timely access to local meetings, information and records relating to the grantee’s proposed use of funds and the actual use of funds;
  • Technical assistance will be provided to groups representative of persons of low and moderate income that request such assistance in developing proposals, with the level and type of assistance to be determined by the grantee;
  • Public meetings will be held to obtain citizen’s views and to respond to proposals and questions at all stages of the community development process, including development needs, the review of proposed activities and the review of program performance. These views and proposals will be reviewed by the City staff and a reasonable effort will be made to provide responses within fifteen (15) working days. Written responses will be provided for written proposals and will state the reasons for action taken on the proposal by the City.

When possible, responses will be provided prior to the final hearing on the Consolidated Plan’s Annual Action Plan. A deadline for submission of views and proposals for the next fiscal year and performance during the previous year is set every program year. Meetings shall be held after adequate notice, at times and locations convenient to potential or actual beneficiaries and with accommodation for the disabled.

  • Staff will provide a timely written answer to written complaints and grievances within 15 working days where practicable; and,
  • The needs of non-English speaking residents will be met in the case of public meeting where a significant number of non-English speaking residents can be reasonably expected to participate.

*Residents of various neighborhoods may also become involved in the CDBG program outside the confines of structured meeting through self-help projects for the neighborhoods that do not necessarily require CDBG funds but supplement formal CDBG activities in the area. Self-help projects will be encouraged by the City.