Planning and Development

Housing & Community Development

Housing and Community Development

The City of Fresno receives entitlement funding from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and from the California Department of Housing and Community Development (Cal HCD). This funding is used to benefit low- and moderate-income persons residing in the City by strengthening and revitalizing communities through housing and neighborhood investment. The Housing and Community Development Division is responsible for administering these funds.

Public Comment Opportunities

Residents have an opportunity to review and comment on proposed reports and plans during public comment periods. The City encourages public comments on its draft plans and reports which will be posted below during public comment periods. Written comments may be submitted to: City of Fresno

Planning and Development Department
Attn: Housing and Community Development Division
2600 Fresno Street Room 3065
Fresno CA 93721
Email: HCDD@fresno.gov
Phone: (559) 621-8300
TTY: (559) 621-8721
Fax: (559) 457-1579

Residents are also encouraged to participate in Public Hearings that provide an additional opportunity to review and comment on proposed reports and plans. Details about upcoming Public Hearings are listed below.

Current Public Comment Opportunities

Community Meetings & Public Hearings

2021-2022 Annual Action Plan Public Hearing & Community Workshops
Comments on the 2021-2022 Annual Action Plan for HUD Community Planning & Development funds are encouraged during the City Council Annual Action Plan Public Hearing.

Annual Action Plan Public Hearing
April 22, 2021, City Council Meeting at 10:00 A.M. or thereafter
Participation instructions will be posted 72 hours before the meeting at https://fresno.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx

Spanish and Hmong interpretation will be available at all workshops and public hearings. Pursuant to the Executive Order, and in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need additional accommodations such as interpreters, sign language signers, or the services of a translator, please contact the Housing and Community Development Division by calling (559) 621-8300, by emailing HCDD@fresno.gov, or by TTY at (559) 621-8721. To ensure availability, you are advised to make your request at least three business days prior to the meeting.

Machine-Assisted Translation

PDF documents available on this page can be digitally translated into other languages using Google Translate.

Programs

The City 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 prepares 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. These services are provided through either subrecipients or in-house city staff.

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 through qualified service providers.

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 opportunities.  These services are provided through affordable housing developers, Community Housing Development Organizations, non-profit affordable housing developers and/or in-house staff.

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 through qualified service providers.

Notice of Funding Available

The City announces various Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) opportunities throughout the year.  Additional details regarding the application process, submission instructions, technical assistance, and selection notification are provided in the NOFA document.  As available, current NOFA opportunities are listed on the Notice of Funding Availability webpage.

2020-2021 Notices of Funding Available

Plans and Reports

The City 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.  The plan provides five-year strategies and goals based on that analysis and through a public participation process.  The City also completes an Annual Action Plan to identify the annual strategies and programs funded in order to help meet goals identified in the Five-Year Consolidated Plan.  Annual results are captured in the Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER).

Draft Plans and Reports
See the Public Comment Opportunities tab to view draft plans and reports, instructions for written public comments, and upcoming public hearings

Pending Plans and Reports

The public review period for the following public review documents has ended. Final versions of the documents will be posted upon approval from the granting agency (e.g. HUD or California HCD).

2020-2024 Consolidated Plan Documents

2020-2024 Plans and Amendments

2015-2019 Consolidated Plan Documents

2015-2019 Plans and Amendments

2015-2019 Performance Reports

Other Plans and Reports

Affordable Housing Programs

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

Home Repair Programs

Senior Paint Program: The Housing and Community Development Division offers an exterior paint and minor repair program to eligible owner-occupied senior households in the form of a grant.  For information please contact the Housing and Community Development Division at (559) 621-8300.

Habitat for Humanity – Home Repair Program: Habitat for Humanity provides home repair assistance to eligible owner-occupied households.  Home repairs include exterior paint, housing code violations, accessibility improvements, plumbing, electrical, roof repair, or replacement. For information call (559) 237-4102.

Self-Help Enterprises – Housing Rehabilitation Program: Self-Help Enterprises offers a housing rehabilitation program to eligible owner-occupied households.  Improvements include, but are not limited to ADA modifications, roof repair/replacement, heating, cooling, plumbing, and electrical repairs.  For information contact Self-Help at (559) 651-1000 or by email at info@selfhelpenterprises.org.

General and Paint Contractors

The Housing and Community Development Division accepts applications from local, licensed general and paint contractors interested in providing construction repairs to homes of applicants eligible for home repair assistance from the City of Fresno.  For information regarding the requirements and program process please call (559) 621-8300 or by email at HCDD@fresno.gov and include Contractor Information in the subject line.

Home Repair and Homebuyer Loan Payoff

Requests for payoff demands of existing homebuyer and home repair loans may be sent to Donita.Bonesteel@fresno.gov or by calling (559) 621-7023.

Current Annual Action Plan Schedule

The City of Fresno prepares an Annual Action Plan each year for projects to be funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Community Planning and Development (HUD CPD). The projects identified in each year’s Annual Action Plan are selected to make progress toward meeting the housing and community development goals outlined in the City’s 5-Year Consolidated Plan for HUD CPD programs.

To prepare the Annual Action Plan, the City conducts workshops, hearings, and consultations to invite the public, local service providers, community organizations, interested government or other agencies, and individuals to provide comments and views on the types of projects and activities to be funded. To view plans which were previously adopted, visit the ‘Plans and Reports’ section of this site.

Activities for the development of the current year’s Annual Action Plan are below. This web page will be regularly updated with notices for public participation opportunities, application opportunities for City Departments and local organizations, and publication of draft and final plans.

Annual Action Plan Schedule

The schedule of key dates is provided below. Dates are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances such as delays in HUD funding allocation announcements.

  • 1/21/2021 at 5:30 P.M. – Community Needs Virtual Workshop 1
  • 1/22/2021 at 10:30 A.M. – Community Needs Virtual Workshop 2
  • 1/28/2021 at 10:05 A.M. – Community Needs Public Hearing
  • 2/5/2021 – Notice of Funding Available released
  • 3/5/2021 at 4:00 P.M. – Applications for Funding due
  • 3/19/2021 – 4/20/2021 – Draft 2021-2022 Annual Action Plan Published for 30-Day Comment Period
  • 4/22/2021 at 10:00 A.M. – Annual Action Plan Public Hearing
  • 5/15/2021 – Annual Action Plan due to HUD
  • 5/17/2021 – Affordable Housing and Substantial Rehabilitation Notice of Funding Availability Released

Community Workshops

Two virtual workshops were held to present an overview of the Annual Action Plan process, discuss funding priorities identified in the 5-Year Consolidated Plan, and allow community members to provide input into the types of eligible activities needed in their community. The workshops were held on January 21, 2021, at 5:30 P.M., and on January 22, 2021, at 10:30 A.M.

Public Hearings

Community Needs Public Hearing
Public Hearing Presentation slides – January 28, 2021, City Council Public Hearing

Annual Action Plan Public Hearing
April 22, 2021, City Council Meeting at 10:00 A.M. or thereafter
Participation instructions will be available 72 hours before the meeting at https://fresno.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx

Community members are encouraged to make formal comments at public hearings which will be addressed in the final Annual Action Plan. Spanish and Hmong interpretation will be provided. Pursuant to the Executive Order, and in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need additional accommodations such as interpreters, sign language signers, or the services of a translator, please contact the Housing and Community Development Division by calling (559) 621-8300, by emailing HCDD@fresno.gov, or by TTY at (559) 621-8721. To ensure availability, you are advised to make your request at least three business days prior to the meeting.

Notice of Funding Availability

Applications for programs offering Owner-Occupied Home Repair, Homeless & Homelessness Prevention, and Public and Community Services are accepted from February 5, 2021, through March 5, 2021, at 4:00 P.M. Please visit the ‘Notice of Funding Available’ tab on this website to review the NOFA requirement, materials, and opportunities for technical assistance or application support.

Draft Annual Action Plan & Public Comments

The 2021-2022 Draft Annual Action Plan has been posted for public review. The public comment period began on March 19, 2021, and ends on April 20, 2021. The City encourages community members to provide input during the formal comment period, and also welcomes input at any time. Public comments are encouraged through the following means:

2021-2022 Annual Action Plan Webinar
2021-2022 Annual Action Plan Webinar Video
Seminario web sobre el plan de acción anual 2021-2022
Seminario web sobre el plan de acción anual 2021-2022 Video
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Submit Comments by Mail:
City of Fresno
Planning and Development Department
Attn: Housing and Community Development Division
2600 Fresno Street Room 3065
Fresno CA 93721

Submit Comments by Fax:
(559) 457-1579

Submit Comments Online

Submit Comments by Email:
HCDD@fresno.gov
Please include “2021 Action Plan” in the subject line

Submit Comments by Phone:
(559) 621-8300

Submit Comments by TTY:
(559) 621-8721

5-Year Consolidated Plan

5-Year Consolidated Plan and Analysis of Impediments

5-Year Consolidated Plan
The City of Fresno developed a 5-Year 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan to assess the current housing market, discuss characteristics of the city’s population, identify community improvement priorities, and outline a five-year plan to fund and implement them.  The City receives approximately $11 million each year in funds under the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Home Investment Partnerships Act (HOME), Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), and Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS (HOPWA) programs.  The Consolidated Plan is required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to guide how and where these funds are used over the coming five years.

Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice
A separate study called an Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (AI) was also be conducted to identify barriers to equal access to housing and neighborhood opportunities.  The AI will set policy recommendations to help ensure that Fresno’s neighborhoods are inclusive and free from barriers that restrict residents’ access to opportunities like transportation, jobs, and schools.

Community Needs Input: Needs Survey and Resident Meetings
The opinions and perceptions of local residents are an important part of this study. 17 community meetings were held between November 2019 and February 2020 at various locations throughout the City. A community needs survey was distributed at meetings and online through a link on the City’s website.  The 5-year annual action plan drafts were made available during a Public Comment Period from February 28 through May 20. The process concluded with two Public Hearings, the first before the Housing and Community Development Commission on May 13, and the second before the City Council on May 14, 2020. The City Council passed a resolution authorizing the submission of the plans on May 21, 2020.

Community Meeting Presentations Regarding the Consolidated Plan, Annual Action Plan, and Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice:

Enhanced Infrastructure Financing District (EIFD)

The Fresno EIFD is necessary to support the provisions of needed public infrastructure and promote economic development within the Fresno EIFD and the City.  The Council’s goal for the Fresno EIFD is to create the means by which to assist in the provision of public facilities of communitywide significance that provide significant benefits and promotes economic development within the boundaries of the Fresno EIFD or the surrounding community and, for those facilities located outside the Fresno EIFD boundaries which also have a tangible connection to the Fresno EIFD.

Public Meetings

May 26th, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. – Initial public meeting of the Public Financing Authority to present the draft Infrastructure Financing Plan, answer questions about the plan, and consider comments related to the plan (meeting details included in the Notice of Public Hearing document available below).
May 26, 2020 Agenda

July 30th, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. – Public hearing of the Public Financing Authority to hear all written and oral comments on the plan, but take no action (meeting details included in the Notice of Public Hearing document available below).

August 31st, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. – Public hearing of the Public Financing Authority to consider any additional written and oral comments and take action to modify or reject the Infrastructure Financing Plan (meeting details included in the Notice of Public Hearing document available below).

September 30th, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. – Public hearing of the Public Financing Authority to consider all written and oral protests received before the close of the public hearing along with the recommendations, if any, of affected taxing entities. The PFA shall terminate the proceedings or adopt the Infrastructure Financing Plan subject to confirmation by the voters at an election called for that purpose, as applicable by California Government Code Sections 53398.50 through 53398.88 (EIFD Law) (meeting details included in the Notice of Public Hearing document available below).

October 7th, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. – Regular meeting of Public Financing Authority for a second reading of the ordinance adopting the Infrastructure Financing Plan and forming the Fresno Enhanced Infrastructure Financing District.

Map

Fresno EIFD Map

Fresno EIFD Map