Planning and Development

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 2020 – 2021 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 purpose of all outreach effort is to examine and discuss the nature and types of assistance required to address the City’s future housing and community development goals and priorities. The workshops, hearings, and surveys enable 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 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 2020 – 2021 annual action planning process will run alongside the 2020 – 2024 Consolidated 5-Year Planning Process. The process begins with several rounds of Community Workshops to gather input from the community and interested stakeholders. Ten workshops were held from November 2 through November 6; 3 workshops were held from December 9 through December 12; and 3 additional workshops will be held from January 21 through January 23. Additional input was collected during over 25 interviews and focus groups with community service providers and citywide leadership. All of the community workshops and conversations include Spanish and Hmong interpreting services.

Community input was further collected using a Community Needs Survey. The survey was made available online and distributed in paper form at all community workshops and conversations, and advertised in local newspapers and social media. Over 500 surveys were completed.

All residents are invited to attend the third round of Community Meetings on:

January 21, 22, and 23, 2020.

You will hear what the community said they want to see in the 5-year consolidated plan and annual action plan at these meetings. Join us to learn what this could mean for your community, to provide additional feedback on our priorities, and to learn how you can continue to be involved in the planning process. View the flyer in English, Spanish, and Hmong.

Refreshments will be served, and children are welcome. The meeting details are:

  • Tuesday, January  21,  6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Sal Mosqueda Community Center, 4670 E Butler Ave., Fresno, CA 93702
  • Wednesday, January 22, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Wesley United Methodist Church, 1343 E Barstow Ave., Fresno, CA 93710
  • Thursday, January 23, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., West Side Seventh Day Adventist Church, 2750 W. M.L.K. Jr. Blvd, Fresno, CA 93706

The 5-year plan and annual action plan drafts will be presented at a Housing and Community Development Commission Public Presentation on February 26 prior to the draft reports being made available during a Public Comment Period from March 1 through March 31. Public comments will also be accepted on March 25 at the Housing and Community Development Commission Needs Assessment Hearing.

In early April, the City Council will consider the plan for adoption, and will release requests for funding applications.

Schedule of Key Dates (dates subject to any HUD delays in announcing funding allocations or other unforeseen circumstances)

Date Description
November 2019 Community Workshops (10)
Interviews and focus groups (25+)
December 2019 Community Workshops (3)
Community Needs Survey (500+ responses)
January 2020 Community Workshops (3)
February 2020 Housing & Community Development Commission Public Presentation (2/26/2020)
March 2020 Public Comment Period (March 1 – March 31, 2020)
Housing & Community Development Commission Public Hearing (3/25/2020)
April 2020 HUD Allocation Announcement (exact date to be determined)
City Council Consideration (4/9/2020)
Release of Requests for Funding Applications (4/10/2020)
May 2020 Funding Applications Due (5/8/2020)
Annual Action Plan due to HUD (5/15/2019)
June 2020 City Council Consideration of Subrecipient Agreements (6/25/2020)

5-Year Consolidated Plan

5-Year Consolidated Plan and Analysis of Impediments

5-Year Consolidated Plan
The City of Fresno is developing a 5-Year Consolidated Plan that will 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) will 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. In early November 2019, the City conducted an initial round of 10 community meetings over 4 days at various locations throughout the City and distributed a community needs survey at those meetings and online through a link on the City’s website. Three additional community meetings were held in December 2019 to review and discuss the short list of needs identified in the first round of community meetings and through feedback from the community needs survey.

The community needs survey is now closed.

All residents are invited to attend a third round of Community Meetings on:

January 21, 22, and 23, 2020.

You will hear what the community said they want to see in the 5-year consolidated plan and annual action plan at these meetings. Join us to learn what this could mean for your community, to provide feedback on our priorities, and to learn how you can continue to be involved in the planning process. View the flyer in English, Spanish, and Hmong

Refreshments will be served, and children are welcome. The meeting details are:

  • Tuesday, January  21,  6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Sal Mosqueda Community Center, 4670 E Butler Ave., Fresno, CA 93702
  • Wednesday, January 22, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Wesley United Methodist Church, 1343 E Barstow Ave., Fresno, CA 93710
  • Thursday, January 23, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., West Side Seventh Day Adventist Church, 2750 W. M.L.K. Jr. Blvd, Fresno, CA 93706

Project updates will be posted to the website, and drafts of the reports will be available in early 2020.

If, as an attendee at a meeting, you need accommodations such as interpreters, signers, assistive listening devices, or the services of a translator, please contact Edward Chinevere at (559) 621-8512 or edward.chinevere@fresno.gov.  To ensure availability, you are advised to make the request at least 48 hours prior to the meeting, except in the case of the Monday December 9th meeting by 5:00 p.m., Thursday, December 5, 2019.