More than $500K of federal funding to support Williamson County affordable housing projects

Habitat For Humanity
Habitat For Humanity in Williamson County will receive more than $200,000 of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development funds to fund home repair projects. (Courtesy Habitat for Humanity)

Habitat For Humanity in Williamson County will receive more than $200,000 of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development funds to fund home repair projects. (Courtesy Habitat for Humanity)

Several affordable housing projects across Williamson County will receive an injection of federal funds through the Community Development Block Grant program, or CDBG.

Williamson County commissioners on July 27 approved the reception of and the action plan for the CDBG grant funds.

According to county documents, the county will receive more than $2 million of CDBG funds total from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to support seven infrastructure and public facilities projects countywide. This funding will be reflected in the county’s 2021-22 fiscal year budget.

The CDBG program distributes annual grants to states, counties and cities to help “develop viable urban communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment, and by expanding economic opportunities, principally for low- and moderate-income persons,” according to HUD.

The following projects are set to receive federal funds for implementation:

Williamson County also set aside $96,984 to CDBG administration and oversight, as well as an additional $35,000 to social services. Together, those account for 7.7% of the CDBG funds granted to the county.

In all, four housing rehabilitation projects will receive a combined $592,000 of federal funds from HUD this year. That accounts for more than a quarter of all Williamson County CDBG funds this year.

According to commissioners court backup documents, Williamson County expects the CDBG funds will help the Georgetown and Habitat for Humanity home repair programs both repair 20 homes each. The county expects the Granger Housing Authority to improve on 26 households or multifamily units with the federal money. The units are 2-3 bedroom spaces set aside to serve low-income families.

The Georgetown Housing Authority will see the largest slice of CDBG funds for affordable housing projects, according to county documents. With the $330,000 it receives, the Georgetown Housing Authority is expected to improve or rehabilitate 158 low-income housing units.

The largest chunk of Williamson County’s CDBG funds will be directed to infrastructure projects in different corners of the county. Three projects—a Granger Colorado Street wastewater line replacement, the Liberty Hill sidewalk installation project and Jarrell water system improvements—account for $1.3 million of CDBG funds as a whole.
By Iain Oldman
Iain Oldman joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2017 after spending two years in Pittsburgh, Pa., where he covered Pittsburgh City Council. His byline has appeared in PublicSource, WESA-FM and Scranton-Times Tribune. Iain worked as the reporter for Community Impact Newspaper's flagship Round Rock/Pflugerville/Hutto edition and is now working as the editor for the Northwest Austin edition.


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