Fort Worth distributes $10.1 million grant to housing programs

With $10.1 million received from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the city council voted unanimously on Aug. 9 to approve an action plan that outlines how the money will be distributed in 2016-2017.

HUD’s $10.1 million grant is an increase from the $9.8 million grant HUD provided for 2015-2016. The grant helps support the City of Fort Worth’s housing programs and activities. The funds come from the federal government’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME), Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG).

Here’s a quick overview of how some of the funding will be broken down:

$6.4 million from CDBG, plus $130,000 of CDBG income

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• Most funding ($2.1 million) will go toward housing program services like the Priority Repair Program and Cowtown Brush-Up.

• Other funding will go toward agencies like the Tarrant County Housing Partnership ($116,000), Cenikor Foundation ($110,000) and Girls Inc. of Tarrant County ($110,000).

$2.1 million from HOME, plus $1.2 million of estimated HOME income

• The city’s Neighborhood Services department estimates it will earn about $1.2 million from houses sold through the HOME program. That money will go back toward other HOME projects, Neighborhood Services Director Aubrey Thagard said.

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• In addition, $960,236 will go to the Homebuyers Assistance Program.

$1 million from HOPWA

• Most funding will go toward nonprofit service providers like the AIDS Outreach Center, Inc. ($515,710) and Tarrant County Samaritan Housing, Inc. ($485,844)

$570,031 from ESG

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• Most funding ($527,279) will go toward nonprofit service providers like DRC, formerly Day Resource Center for the Homeless ($141,092); the Salvation Army ($116,360); and Presbyterian Night Shelter ($100,275).