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Williamson County Historic Courthouse
Housing and Urban Development
710 Main Street,
Georgetown, TX 78626
Phone: (512) 943-3757
Fax: (512) 943-1662
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Sally Bardwell
Community Development Administrator
Phone: (512) 943-3757
Fax: (512) 943-1662
[email protected]

 
2019 Program Overview

WILLIAMSON COUNTY
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT (CDBG)
PROGRAM GUIDELINES and PRIORITIES

FUNDING FOR FY2019 (OCT. 1, 2019 – SEPT. 30, 2020)

Williamson County was awarded Entitlement County status by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)in August 2003. The County applied for and received funding through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)program. Funds are intended to primarily benefit low- to moderate-income persons in Williamson County. This area is comprised of the unincorporated area of the County and the incorporated cities that have joined the urban County designation. These cities include Cedar Park, Coupland, Georgetown, Granger, Hutto, Jarrell, Leander, Liberty Hill, Taylor, and Weir.

The following information is designed to provide you with a better understanding of activities which can be funded through the Williamson County CDBG program.
Please contact Sally Bardwell, Williamson County Community Development Administrator, for assistance.

512-943-3757
[email protected]

Applications are due by 5pm on May 22, 2019.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

PROJECTS MUST BE DESIGNED TO MEET AT LEAST ONE OF THE FOLLOWING NATIONAL OBJECTIVES:

  • Benefit low to moderate income persons (see income guidelines below) or areas. Abused children, elderly persons, battered spouses, homeless persons, adults meeting Bureau of Census’ definition of severely disabled persons, illiterate adults, persons living with AIDS, and migrant farm workers qualify as Limited Clientele.
  • Eliminate slums and/or blight.
  • Meet an urgent community development need as in disaster relief.

FUNDING PRIORITIES AND GUIDELINES

  • High priorities are those activities that will be considered for funding with CDBG funding during the five-year consolidated plan period of 2019 through 2023 prior to low priority projects.
  • Low priorities are those activities that will be considered for funding with CDBG funding during the five-year consolidated plan period of 2019 through 2023 following the consideration of high priorities.
  • The County will consider providing certification of consistency and supporting applications submitted by other entities for non-County funds for projects not funded with CDBG funding during the five-year consolidated plan period of 2019 through 2023.

Williamson County Funding Priorities for 2019-2023 Public Facility and Infrastructure Improvements

  • Fund non-housing community development proposals that eliminate a threat to public health and safety to include water/sewer projects, drainage projects, sidewalks, and street improvements.
  • Fund public facility improvements that benefit low income households and persons, and persons with special needs to include senior centers, neighborhood facilities, youth centers, homeless facilities, childcare centers, parks and recreational facilities. Increase Access to Affordable Housing
  • Fund activities that expand the supply and improve the condition of housing affordable to lower income households.
  • Fund activities that leverage other public and private resources such as Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) projects.
  • Extend the useful life of existing affordable housing through weatherization, repair, and rehabilitation programs. Decrease Homelessness
  • Provide funds to support shelter operations and transitional housing.
  • Provide funding to increase permanent supportive housing opportunities and work to create a stronger network of providers of supportive and mainstream services to homeless clients. Public Services
  • Fund projects that provide supportive services to low- and moderate-income household as well as persons with special needs.
  • Support efforts to develop a regional social service collaborative to coordinate the work of social service organizations, disseminate information, and eliminate duplication of effort. Affirmatively Further Fair Housing
  • Support improved access to community resources.
  • Continue to operate in compliance with protected class definitions found in federal regulations.
1 Priority Need Name Increase Access to Affordable Housing
Priority Level High
Population Extremely Low Income
Low Income
Moderate Income
Large Families
Families with Children
Elderly Families
Public Housing Residents
Elderly
Frail Elderly
Persons with Mental Disabilities
Persons with Physical Disabilities
Persons with Developmental Disabilities
Persons with Alcohol or Other Addictions
Persons with HIV/AIDS and their Families
Victims of Domestic Violence
Geographic Areas Affected Countywide
CDBG Eligible
Associated Goals Housing rehabilitation
Homeownership assistance
Affordable rental housing
Description Provide assistance to homeowners and renters to increase access to affordable housing and to extend the life of existing units.
Basis for Relative Priority High housing costs reduce economic opportunities and access to prosperity.
2 Priority Need Name Decrease Homelessness
Priority Level High
Population Families with Children
Elderly Families
Elderly
Frail Elderly
Persons with Mental Disabilities
Persons with Physical Disabilities
Persons with Developmental Disabilities
Persons with Alcohol or Other Addictions
Persons with HIV/AIDS and their Families
Victims of Domestic Violence
Geographic Areas Affected Countywide
Associated Goals Provide housing/services to the homeless/at risk of homelessness
Description Provide support for facilities and services that are targeted at those experiencing homelessness and/or at risk of homelessness
Basis for Relative Priority Homelessness has been increasing and there is a need to provide shelter and support for persons experiencing homelessness or who are at risk of becoming homeless. This includes persons who are living in cars, doubled up or couch surfing. Support could come in the form of emergency shelters, transitional housing, permanent supportive housing and services related to health and mental health, substance abuse issues, etc.
3 Priority Need Name Public Facilities and Infrastructure Improvements
Priority Level High
Population Extremely Low Income
Low Income
Moderate Income
Non-housing Community Development
Geographic Areas Affected Countywide
CDBG Eligible
Associated Goals Improve public infrastructure
Improve public facilities
Description Improvements to public facilities and infrastructure and facilities that deliver public services. Infrastructure improvements include: solid waste disposal, flood drains, water/sewer, streets, sidewalks, neighborhood facilities, and parks and recreational facilities. Examples of public facilities include those that serve youth/children, abused and neglected children, seniors, persons with disabilities and other vulnerable populations.
Basis for Relative Priority There is a need to make improvements, particularly in low- and moderate-income areas in which the local jurisdictions are less able to leverage resources or attract investments that are necessary to improve the quality of life. There is a significant need for water resources, wastewater and improved drainage throughout the county.
4 Priority Need Name Public Services
Priority Level High
Population Extremely Low Income
Low Income
Moderate Income
Non-homeless special needs
Persons with disabilities
Victims of domestic violence
Homeless
Families with children
Non-housing Community Development
Geographic Areas Affected Countywide
Associated Goals Provide public services
Description Delivery of public services for seniors, persons with disabilities, youth, victims of domestic violence, abused and neglected children as well as childcare services, health and mental health services, transportation, non-homeless special needs and employment training.
Basis for Relative Priority A variety of public services are needed including services for seniors, youth and children, those needing mental health services, health services, services for persons with disabilities, services for victims of domestic violence and non-homeless special needs. Public transportation is a significant need to enable individuals to access services.
5 Priority Need Name Affirmatively Further Fair Housing Choice
Priority Level High
Population Extremely Low Income
Low Income
Moderate Income
Families with Children
Elderly Families
Elderly
Frail Elderly
Persons with Mental Disabilities
Persons with Physical Disabilities
Persons with Developmental Disabilities
Persons with Alcohol or Other Addictions
Persons with HIV/AIDS and their Families
Victims of Domestic Violence
Geographic Areas Affected Countywide
Associated Goals Fair housing activities
Description Provide education and outreach to the community regarding fair housing laws
Basis for Relative Priority There is the continued need for education and outreach for the general public, those in the real estate industry, landlords and property managers regarding fair housing laws.
6 Priority Need Name Planning and Administration
Priority Level High
Population Extremely Low Income
Low Income
Moderate Income
Geographic Areas Affected Countywide
Associated Goals Planning and administration
Description Administrative and planning costs to operate the CDBG program successfully
Basis for Relative Priority Effective and efficient implementation of CDBG funding requires adequate resources for program planning and administration

Section Guidelines

  1. The project must meet one or more of the three national objectives.
  2. The project must be a Consolidated Plan Priority activity.
  3. The project or segment of a phased project must be ready to begin when funds become available on or after October 1, 2019 and be completed within one year or a reasonable amount of time.
  4. When required, leveraged funds must be available at start of project.
  5. Documentation of income eligibility and other demographic information is required.
  6. The project sponsor must be able to meet all Williamson County requirements for insurance coverage.
Household Size 30% Limits Very Low Income (50%) 60% Limits Low Income (80%)
1 Person $18,100 $30,100 $36,120 $48,200
2 Person $20,650 $34,400 $41,280 $55,050
3 Person $23,250 $38,700 $46,440 $61,950
4 Person $25,800 $43,000 $51,600 $68,880
5 Person $27,900 $46,450 $55,740 $74,350
6 Person $29,950 $49,900 $59,880 $79,850
7 Person $32,000 $53,350 $64,020 $85,350
8 Person $34,100 $56,800 $68,160 $90,850