ONS Announces the Opening of the
2017-2018 Community Development Block Grant Program & HOME Investment Partnerships Program

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ONS Accepting Applications for Local Contractors to Perform Work for Federal HUD Grants

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Contractor Information

MINORITY AND/OR WOMEN-OWNED CONTRACTING FIRMS ARE ENCOURAGED TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS PROGRAM.

The Office of Neighborhood Services is founded on five principles. These principles state that the ONS will:

  • Build and support neighborhood leadership
  • Change the community mindset of advocate neighborhoods
  • Secure a resource commitment for neighborhoods
  • Focus service efforts on achieving neighborhood stability
  • Respect neighborhood identity

  • The ONS is responsible for administering two federal grants: the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and the Home Investment Partnerships Program (HOME). To remain eligible for the grants, the City must submit a five-year strategic plan - the 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan for Housing and Community Development - and the 2015 Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice Study- to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in August 2015. The City must submit an annual One-Year Action Plan that outlines proposed projects and allocations for both programs.

    In April 2001, the Abilene Community Excellence (ACE) Task Force recommended building upon the existing neighborhood program concepts in the Planning and Development Services. As a result, combining aspects of the Neighborhood Initiatives (CDBG/HOME) Division with the Planning Services Division enables us to develop a more comprehensive Office of Neighborhood Services. (ONS)

  • Neighborhoods USA created in 1975 is a national non-profit organization committed to building and strengthening neighborhood organizations by sharing information and experiences. 

    American Community Gardening Association (ACGA) founded in 1979 helps gardening programs share their limited resources, and benefit from each other's experience and expertise by offering support, coaching and wherever possible, connect programs with specific challenges to programs which have already worked through similar situations.

    Neighborhood Link is an Internet-based community network that enables every neighborhood in participating metropolitan areas to create their own free, interactive Web site with no knowledge of html or any programming language.

    Center for Neighborhood Technology provides neighborhoods with information on tools and methods that create livable urban communities for everyone. Until recently, most of their work has focused on the Chicago region and its communities. However the tools and methods used are relevant to many other urban settings.

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    HOMEOWNERSHIP ASSISTANCE

    First-Time Homebuyer Program

    The First Time Homebuyer Program is an income qualifying program which provides up to $5,000 for the down payment and eligible closing costs for the purchase of a home based in your income and family composition. The money is paid to the title agency on the day of closing.

    The home you are purchasing must be within the city limits of Abilene, and you must either be a resident of Abilene or work/go to school in Abilene to qualify.

    HOME REHABILITATION ASSISTANCE

    Neighborhood Services administers two programs that provide grants/loans of varying amounts to repair or rehabilitate homes owned and occupied by low or moderate income homeowners.

    1. Critical/Limited Repair Program - address emergency situations that are determined to be a threat to the health and safety of the occupant or neighborhood.

    2. Single-Family Rehabilitation Program - assists with repairs that are needed to bring the home into code compliance. This program is designed for homes that need extensive repairs.

    If the homeowner and the home qualify for either of these programs, the Office of Neighborhood Services will provide assistance in obtaining a licensed contractor to perform the work.

    These services are available only to residents of the City of Abilene.

    MINORITY AND/OR WOMEN-OWNED CONTRACTING FIRMS ARE ENCOURAGED TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS PROGRAM. For more information, please call 325-437-4576.

    MORTGAGE DEFAULT ASSISTANCE

    NeighborWorks

    This program connects homeowners to the Homeownership Preservation Foundation's foreclosure hotline. For a direct link to this service, click here.

    This service is available to all homeowners, regardless of where you may reside.

    For more information about any of these programs, or to find out how to apply, please call 325-437-4576.