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Minor Home Repair Program

The Minor Home Repair Program is one of many Success Stories that have been locally nominated for recognition in celebration of CDBG's 30th Anniversary.

Success Story Details

Grantee: City of New Braunfels, Texas
Field Office: San Antonio (Region 6)
Carried Out By: City of New Braunfels' CDBG Staff
Eligibility: 570.202 Rehabilitation
Natl. Objective: LMH
CDBG $145,631
Other $0
Total $145,631
Date Started: December 2002
Date Completed: Ongoing
IDIS Activity No: 128 (2003); 136 (2002)
Grantee Contact: Nancy L. Davison (jpitstick@nrhtx.com)
Grantee Website: City of New Braunfels (http://www.ci.new-braunfels.tx.us)

Success Story Description

The City of New Braunfels has had housing programs in the past, but due to the lead-based paint initiatives, the cost of rehabilitation became prohibitive. In December, 2002, the CDBG Manager created a new program that would address minor repairs not to exceed $5,000. Underutilized funds were reallocated into the new program, and it was anticipated that funding of over $145,000 would last approximately two years. Flyers were distributed to local churches, businesses and placed door-to-door. Advertisements were placed in the local newspaper, on the radio, and on the City's website.

The response was overwhelming. Twenty-six homes were rehabilitated, and the funds were exhausted in a nine-month period. Many of the homes were outfitted with ramps and bathrooms to make the homes more accessible to the disabled residents. Several homes were not level, and the plumbing was leaking or completely non-functional. Some homes were without heat or hot water, or running water of any kind. The majority of the homes receiving assistance were in the extremely low-income category. There is currently a waiting list of applicants desperately needing assistance.

HUD increased the City of New Braunfels' funding by $2,000 for PY04. The Community Development Advisory Committee ("CDAC"), the citizen's board that makes recommendations on CDBG projects, requested that the City Council apply the increase in funding to the Minor Home Repair Project, with an additional $8,000 from PY03 Administration funds. The City has also applied for HOME funds through the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs.

Housing rehabilitation is a high priority in the City of New Braunfels, and we are proud of our accomplishments. We will continue to do our very best to utilize HUD funds to improve the housing stock in our community.

Content Archived: April 20, 2011

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