Grants & Housing Department

Public Notice

June 21, 2018

This is a public notice of the City’s Notice of Intent to Request Release of Funds for Tiered Projects and Programs

On or after July 2, 2018, the City of Galveston will submit a request to the U. S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the release of Community Development Block Grant funds (#B-16, 17, & 18-MC-48-0016) under Title 1 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 (P.L. 93-383) and HOME Investment Partnerships funds (#M-16, 17, & 18-MC-48-0208) of the Home Investment Partnership Act, as amended, to undertake the following projects:

Broad Review Projects
Compliance Division Demolition
Housing Rehabilitation Programs
CHDO Affordable Housing Program

The activities proposed are categorically excluded under HUD regulations at 24 CFR Part 58 from National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requirements per 58.35(a). An Environmental Review Record (ERR) that documents the environmental determinations for these projects is on file at Grants & Housing Dept., City of Galveston, 2508 Ball Avenue, Galveston, TX and may be examined or copied weekdays 9 A.M to 4:30 P.M.

Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments on the ERR to the Grants & Housing Dept., City of Galveston, 2508 Ball Avenue, Galveston, TX 77550. All comments received by June 28, 2018 will be considered by the City of Galveston prior to authorizing submission of a request for release of funds.

HUD will accept objections to its release of funds and the City of Galveston certification for a period of fifteen days following the anticipated submission date or its actual receipt of the request (whichever is later) only if they are on one of the following bases: (a) the certification was not executed by the Certifying Officer of the City of Galveston; (b) the City of Galveston has omitted a step or failed to make a decision or finding required by HUD regulations at 24 CFR part 58; (c) the grant recipient or other participants in the development process have committed funds, incurred costs or undertaken activities not authorized by 24 CFR Part 58 before approval of a release of funds by HUD; or (d) another Federal agency acting pursuant to 40 CFR Part 1504 has submitted a written finding that the project is unsatisfactory from the standpoint of environmental quality. Objections must be prepared and submitted in accordance with the required procedures (24 CFR Part 58, Sec. 58.76) and shall be addressed to HUD at Community Planning and Development Houston Field Office at 1301 Fannin, Suite 2200, Houston, TX 77002. Potential objectors should contact HUD, Galveston CPD Representative at (713) 718-3117 to verify the actual last day of the objection period.

Notice of Intent to Request Release of Funds for Tiered Projects and Programs in English and Spanish click here  

Primary Responsibilities

  

The Grants and Housing Department is primarily responsible for the administration, coordination, and management of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME).

The City of Galveston receives approximately $1.4 million annually from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under these programs.

Five-Year Strategy Plan


The Grants and Housing Department is responsible for the development of a five-year strategy assessing the nonhousing and housing community development needs of the city. This document, which is called the Consolidated Plan, guides the city's community development goals for three to five years.

Fund Awards


With the approval of City Council, CDBG, and HOME funds are awarded to a variety of neighborhood activities, nonprofit organizations, and city departments.

All CDBG funds must be used to meet one of three national objectives of the CDBG program. These objectives include:
  • Provide a benefit to low-moderate income persons
  • Eliminate a slum or blight condition
  • Meet an urgent community development need, as approved by HUD
The Grants and Housing Department monitors all CDBG and HOME funded activities for compliance with national objectives, eligible program beneficiaries, fiscal requirements, environmental requirements, and all program guidelines and statutory regulations.

Fair Housing


The department also functions as the city's Fair Housing Office.