Missouri City residents have the chance to impact how the city’s Community Development Block Grant funding is spent over the next five years.

What residents need to know

CDBG funds are awarded to cities by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to provide low- and moderate-income residents with decent housing, suitable living environments and expanded economic opportunities, said Jennifer Thomas Gomez, Missouri City director of development services, in an email.

Every five years, the city must complete a needs assessment survey, which will help city leaders determine where the funds are most needed in the community, Gomez said. The survey, which opened in June, asks residents to rank Missouri City services, including:
  • Affordable housing
  • Housing repairs and rehabilitation
  • Workforce housing
  • Adult employment and education assistance
  • Battered, abused and neglected individual assistance
  • Assistance for disabled and elderly residents
  • Health services
  • Homeless services
  • Infrastructure improvements
  • Mental health services
  • New business development
  • Quality of life amenities, such as parks and community centers
  • Temporary food assistance
  • Utility assistance
  • Youth program and education assistance
Looking back

The last five-year CDBG period from 2019 to 2023 focused on youth and adult education; child health and welfare services; senior and adult services; and services for people who are disabled or experiencing homelessness, Gomez said.

What else?

The city will gather all input and will provide feedback to staff, the Community Development Advisory Committee and City Council to identify opportunities to utilize the CDBG funding, Gomez said. Input opportunities include:
  • Survey responses
  • Public hearings
  • Written and verbal comments to the Development Services Department
  • Stakeholder interviews with social services agencies
What’s next

The community survey will be open through July, Gomez said.

To complete the online survey, click here.