Development and Resource Management

Housing & Community Development

Housing and Community Development

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

The Housing and Community Development Division is responsible for administering the federal funds through four programs in an effort to enhance affordable living,  preserve quality neighborhoods, and promote health and safety.

The four main federal programs include:

  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, HOME and HOPWA programs primarily address the housing and community development needs of low-and-moderate-income households.

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.

There are currently no NOFA opportunities

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).

Annual Action Planning Process

As a condition of receiving HUD 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), Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG), HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME), and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) Programs. Annually, the City of Fresno anticipates receiving approximately the following amounts for the four entitlement programs. (1) CDBG: $6,400,000 (2) ESG: $560,000 (3) HOME: $2,200,000(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, 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 and at City Community and Neighborhood Centers during the public review process.  An electronic version of the Draft Annual Action Plan is distributed widely to various stakeholders and is made available under the Current Public Comment Opportunities section of the webpage during the 30-day review process.

The use of entitlement funds must meet HUD requirements and national objectives. The City‘s Housing and Community Development Commission (HCDC) reviews the Draft Annual Action Plan, receives public comment through a public hearing, and makes recommendations to the City Council. The HCDC meetings take place at Fresno City Hall, 2600 Fresno Street, Meeting Room A, Second Floor. The City Council also holds a Public Hearing and considers adoption of the final Annual Action Plan at a regularly scheduled meeting.  The City provides 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 seven days prior to the meeting.

Written comments are encouraged and may be submitted to:

City of Fresno
Development and Resource Management/Housing and 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 Division documents will be made available in this section during the public comment period.

There are currently no public comment opportunities.

Current Implementation Plans and 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.

Owner-Occupied Housing Rehabilitation

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.

 

  • Rehabilitation and Lead Hazard Control Program:  The Rehabilitation and 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 programs at (559) 600-3357 to learn more.
Rehabilitation Programs
  • Minor Code Compliance:  The City 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.

 

  • (HOME) Housing Rehabilitation Program:  The City 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.

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

The 2018-2018 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 selected from the interest list to apply, individuals will be notified by mail and/or email and provided with an application that will also assist with determining eligibility.  Interested individuals not selected by the final draw date will be notified that the Interest List has been canceled and will re-open in the fall, pending additional funding.

2018-2019 Homeowner Housing Rehabilitation Interest List Form

Now Closed

Current Annual Action Plan Schedule

In preparation for developing the 2019 – 2020 Annual Action Plan, the City: 1) conducts public hearings; 2) obtains input from interested persons on housing and community development needs; and 3) provides 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.

Two Community Workshops and Conversations precedes the Housing and Community Development Commission (HCDC) Needs Assessment Hearing.  One Workshop/Conversation was held at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 3, 2019, at the Boys and Girls Club located at 540 N. Augusta Avenue in Fresno, California.  Another Workshop/Conversation was held at 5:30 pm on Monday, January 7, 2019, at the Paraclete Missionary Baptist Church located at 757 South Orange Avenue in Fresno, California.

The HCDC conducted the Needs Assessment Hearing on Wednesday, January 9, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. in the Fresno City Hall at 2600 Fresno Street on the second floor in Council Chambers. The City provides translation services, upon request, and will make special accommodations for persons with disabilities.  Persons needing services for HCDC Meetings should contact the Housing and Community Development Division, at (559) 621-8300 or by TTY (559) 621-8721, at least seven calendar days prior to the meeting date.

Draft Schedule of Key Dates (dates subject to any HUD delay in announcing 2019-2020 funding allocations)

Date Description
January 2019 Community Workshops (1/3/2019, 1/7/2019) Community Workshop Flyer English, Community Workshop Flyer Spanish
Public Needs Hearing (1/9/2019) Public Needs Hearing Flyer EnglishPublic Needs Hearing Flyer Spanish
Consolidated (CDBG, ESG, HOME TBRA, HOPWA) Notice of Funding Availability Release
February 2019 Notice of Funding Availability Applications Due
March 2019 Housing and Community Development Commission Public Hearing (3/13/2019)
March-April 2019 Estimated Date of HUD Allocation Announcement (exact date to be determined)
Public Review of Draft 2019-2020 Annual Action Plan (exact dates to be determined)
April-May 2019 Public Hearing, City Council Consideration (4/25/2019), and Annual Action Plan due to HUD (5/15/2019)