The City of New Braunfels is set to allocate nearly $500,000 in Community Development Block Grant funds for the 2024 program year, following a public hearing.

The CDBG funds will be focusing on revitalizing low-income neighborhoods and supporting local nonprofits, said Jennifer Gates, grants coordinator for the city of New Braunfels, during a July 8 City Council meeting.

The background

The city has received annual CDBG funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development since 1994.

The funding, Gates said, is distributed to:
  • Revitalize neighborhoods
  • Support affordable housing
  • Provide economic opportunities
  • Improve community facilities and services for low to moderate income residents
The specifics

For Program Year 2024, the city will receive a total of $495,919 in CDBG funds, Gates said, including:
  • $74,387.85—15% of the total—will be directed toward public service activities
  • $99,183.80—20% of the total—is set aside for program administration
  • $322,347.35—65% of the total—is earmarked for housing and public facility projects
The city must ensure that these allocations are approved and that there is a clear plan for the implementation of these funds.

Who it’s for

The city received 12 applications from 10 local nonprofit organizations for the CDBG funds, and those were reviewed by the Community Development Advisory Committee.

For public services, the total amount requested by the organizations was $182,306, while the total allocation approved was $74,387.85.

The CDAC recommended funding for:For housing and public facilities, the total amount requested for these projects was $468,375, with a total allocation of $322,347.35 approved.

The CDAC recommended funding for:What’s next

After the second public hearing in late July, the City Council will review and consider for approval of the action plan, Gates said.

Once approved, the plan will be sent to HUD for final approval by September, with projects and programs scheduled to commence on Oct. 1, pending approval.