Development and Resource Management

Housing & Community Development

Housing & Community Development

The Housing and Community Development Division offers programs and services that provide affordable housing opportunities. We administer a variety of programs for housing, finance funded by federal, state, and local sources. We strive to enhance affordable living, neighborhood livability, good appearance of the community, and to safeguard life, health and property.

Housing and Community Development Division team has extensive housing experience and is well versed in the various housing program projects and regulations. Our housing programs and projects range from helping to build a positive City image by beautify neighborhoods to creating a livable downtown to generate investment interest. We are here to provide helpful, informative, and courteous customer service to Fresno City residents interested in housing programs.

As an entitlement jurisdiction, the City of Fresno receives federal funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to strengthen and revitalize communities through housing and neighborhood investment.

The four main federal programs

  1. Community Development Block Grant (CDBG),
  2. HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME)
  3. Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS/HIV (HOPWA),
  4. Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Programs

Federal funds provided under the CDBG, ESG, HOPWA and HOME programs primarily address the housing and community development needs of low-and moderate-income households.

Programs

The City of Fresno is the annual recipient of federal housing and community development funds through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). As a condition of receiving the funds the City prepared an annual action plan detailing the activities funded with the federal dollars for the following programs.

Community Development Block Grant

CDBG Funding is the most flexible program, and helps jurisdictions address various community development needs in four main funding categories:  Public Service, Community and Economic Development, Capital Improvements Projects, and Planning and Administration.

Emergency Solutions Grant

The ESG Program supports outreach to and housing first opportunities for homeless individuals and families and those at risk of becoming homeless.

Housing Opportunities for People With Aids/HIV

HOPWA supports communities in developing affordable housing opportunities and related supportive services for low-income persons living with HIV/Aids and their families.

HOME Investment Partnerships

HOME funding is used for various housing-related programs and activities, typically to address the housing needs of jurisdictions through the preservation or creation of affordable housing opportunism.

Notice of Funding Available

The City of Fresno announces various Notices of Funding Availability (NOFA) throughout the year.  Additional details for the application process, submission instructions and technical assistance and selection notification are provided in a NOFA document.

Plans and Reports

The City of Fresno is required by HUD to complete a Consolidated Plan every five years.  The Consolidated Plan includes an analysis of the City’s housing market, affordable housing, and community development conditions.  It provides five-year strategies and goals based on that analysis and through a public participation process.  The City of Fresno also submits an Annual Action Plan to identify the yearly strategies and programs it will fund in order to help meet the goals covered in the Five-Year Consolidated Plan.  The annual results are then captured in the Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER).

Annual Action Planning Process
The City of Fresno is the annual recipient of federal housing and community development funds through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through the Office of Community Planning and Development.  As a condition of receiving funds, the City is responsible for the preparation of an Annual Action Plan detailing the activities funded with the federal dollars. The Annual Action Plan describes the proposed use of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME), Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG), and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) Programs. The City anticipates receiving approximately the following amounts for the four entitlement programs. (1) CDBG: $6,400,000 (2) HOME: $2,200,000 (3) ESG: $560,000 (4) HOPWA: $440,000

Draft Annual Action Plans are made available for a 30 day review at the following locations: City Hall 2600 Fresno Street, in the City Clerk’s Office, Room 2133; and the Housing and Community Development Division. The report can also be found at the Fresno County Library, Downtown Branch and City Community and Neighborhood Centers during the public review process which is widely publicized.

The use of the entitlement funds must meet HUD requirements and national objectives. The Housing and Community Development Commission (HCDC) will review the draft report and receive public comment on the draft Annual Action Plan and its proposed uses. The HCDC meetings take place at Fresno City Hall, 2600 Fresno Street, Meeting Room A, Second Floor. The City Council will consider adoption of the annual action plan at a regularly scheduled meeting.  The City will provide translators, upon request, and will make special accommodations for persons with disabilities. Persons needing these services must call (559) 621-8507, or TTY at (559) 621-8721, at least 7 days prior to the meetings.

Written comments are encouraged and may be submitted to:

City of Fresno
Development and Resource Management/Housing & Community Development
Attention: Thomas Morgan
2600 Fresno Street
Fresno, California 93721

Current Public Comment Opportunities
Residents have an opportunity to review and comment on proposed reports and plans during public comment periods. Applicable Housing and Community Development documents will be made available in this section during the public comment period.

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Current Implementation Plans and Reports

Other Plans and Reports

Safe and Affordable Housing Programs

The City of Fresno’s Annual Action Plan details the activities funded annually with federal dollars for safe and affordable housing programs that improve the quality of housing stock throughout Fresno.  This includes rehabilitation efforts and new development described below.

Housing Rehabilitation – (HOME/CDBG)

The City implements rehabilitation program funded through the HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME) and Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds. Funding for housing rehabilitation is available to eligible, owner-occupied homeowners with incomes at or below 80% of area median income.  Depending on the program, eligible homeowners receive rehabilitation assistance in the form of a grant for interior and exterior rehabilitation of a single-family home. Program funds are available citywide and in Neighborhood Revitalization Areas. Homes located in Special Flood Hazard Areas are not eligible.

Paint Programs (CDBG)
  • Senior Paint Program:  The Senior Paint Program is performed by both the City of Fresno and Habitat for Humanity. The Senior Paint Program offers grants to low-income senior citizens (62 years of age and older) who own and occupy their home. The program provides for exterior painting of the home and may include minor repairs (i.e., screen, broken window panes, loose or damaged rain gutters, etc.), provided there are sufficient funds available after deduction the cost of the painting portion of the project.
    Estimated Number of Projects to be Completed:  65

 

  • Lead Hazard Control Program:  The Lead Hazard Control Program provides grant funding to properly remediate lead-based paint hazards in a home.  Because these hazards are most dangerous for small children (under the age of 6) and pregnant women, the City prioritizes limited resources for these households.  The City coordinates with the County Health Department for individuals with children in their homes that have tested positive for lead in their systems…  In addition to the City’s program, interested individuals are also encouraged to learn more about the County of Fresno – Environmental Health Division at (559) 600-3357 to learn more about their program(s).
    Estimated Number of Projects to be Completed: 23
Rehabilitation Programs
  • Minor Code Compliance:  The City of Fresno implements a Minor Code Compliance Program funded through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for eligible owner-occupied homeowners with incomes at or below 80% of area median income. The program provides homeowners with rehabilitation assistance in the form of a grant to address housing code violations. The focus is on health and safety improvements that will assist in obtaining code compliance.
    Estimated Number of Projects to be Completed: 10

 

  • (HOME) Housing Rehabilitation Program:  The City of Fresno implements a Housing Rehabilitation Program funded through the HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME) for income-eligible, owner-occupied homeowners with incomes at or below 80% of area median income. The program provides for homeowners to receive grant funds that provide interior and exterior rehabilitation of single-family homes. The focus is on health and safety improvements to bring the home up to standard as required under HOME guidelines.
    Estimated Number of Projects to be Completed: 14

HOW TO EXPRESS INTEREST:  Due to the limited amount of resources available, and the high level of interest in rehabilitation programs, the City of Fresno accepts contact information from interested individuals to create an interest list.

The 2017-2018 Homeowner Housing Rehabilitation Interest List (Interest List) is currently CLOSED. When opened,  interested individuals can complete the form below, or call (559) 621-8300.  The Interest List is opened for a short window of time between September and November annually.  The City does not “roll-over” the Interest List from prior years.

Random lottery draws will be completed throughout the year, with a final draw estimated in May.  If you are selected from the interest list to apply, you will be notified by mail and/or email and provided with an application that will also assist with determining your eligibility.  Interested individuals not selected by the final draw date will be notified that the Interest List has been cancelled and will re-open in the fall, pending additional funding.

2017-2018 Homeowner Housing Rehabilitation Interest List Form

Now Closed

Current Annual Action Plan Schedule

The City of Fresno annually receives federal funding on an entitlement formula basis from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Planning and Development Office under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships, Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS/HIV (HOPWA) Programs. To receive HUD funding the City prepares its application for funds through an annual action plan. The annual action plan details projects/programs funded with the federal funds and the benefit to low and moderate-income persons. The City expects to receive the following grant amounts, approximately, for the fiscal year 2018 – 2019:

  • CDBG:                       $ 6,422,423
  • HOME:                       $ 2,204,672
  • ESG:                           $ 569,903
  • HOPWA:                    $ 441,305

In preparation for developing the 2018 – 2019 Annual Action Plan, the City will: 1) conduct a public hearing; 2) obtain input from interested persons on housing and community development needs; and 3) provide information on funding opportunities.

The Needs Assessment Hearing initiates the action plan process and examines and discusses the nature and types of assistance required to address the City’s future housing and community development goals and priorities. The hearing enables the public, local service providers, community organizations, interested government or other agencies and individuals to provide comments and views on the housing, community and economic needs and strategies to be outlined in the 2018-2019 Annual Action Plan. Citizens, public and private agencies, and other interested stakeholders and parties are invited and encouraged to attend and participate in this discussion.

The Housing and Community Development Commission (HCDC) conducted the Needs Assessment Hearing on Wednesday, January 24, 2018, at 5:00 p.m. at Fresno City Hall at 2600 Fresno Street on the second floor in the room numbered 2165A. The City provides translation services, upon request, and will make special accommodations for persons with disabilities.  Persons needing these services should contact the Housing Division, at (559) 621-8300 or by TTY (559) 621-8721, at least five calendar days prior to the meeting date.

Additionally, two Community Workshops and Conversations proceded the HCDC Needs Assessment Hearing.  One Workshop/Conversation was held at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 9, 2018, at the Columbia Elementary School located at 1025 South Trinity Street in Fresno.  The other Workshop/Conversation was held at 6:00 pm on Thursday, January 18, 2018, at the Living Grace Fellowship Church located at 3239 W. Ashlan Avenue in Fresno, CA.

February 2018:         Notice of Funding Availability Released (2/1/2018)

March 2018:              Housing and Community Development Commission Public Hearing (3/14/2018)

March-April 2018:    Draft Annual Action Plan available for 30 day public comment period (TBD)

May 2018:                  Public Hearing (TBD), City Council Consideration (5/10/2018), and Annual Action Plan due to HUD.

Questions regarding the action plan process can be directed to Thomas Morgan, Housing and Community Development Manager, (559) 621-8003.