ONS Public Hearings

  • The City of Abilene, Office of Neighborhood Services (ONS) is in the process of developing the FY 2018 Action Plan.  In conjunction, ONS will be holding a series of Public Hearings and Community Meetings at locations throughout the city.  The Public Hearings and Community Meetings will discuss community development needs, goals and objectives, neighborhood priorities, division accomplishments and receive comments and input from attendees.  Staff welcomes citizen participation and encourages everyone to attend a meeting nearest you. Please see the session schedule for information or contact 325-437-4576.

    Public Hearing #1
    Wednesday March, 21, 2018
    10:00 – 11:00 am
    Abilene City Hall, Council Chambers, 555 Walnut St. Abilene, TX

    Public Hearing #2
    Thursday, July 26, 2018
    8:30 am
    Abilene City Hall, Council Chambers, 555 Walnut St. Abilene, TX

    Community Meeting #1
    Tuesday, March 20, 2018
    6:30 -7:30 p.m.
    Curtis Cultural Center, 630 Washington St. Abilene, TX

    Community Meeting # 2
    Thursday, March 22, 2018
    6:30– 7:30 p.m.
    Holiday Hills Baptist Church, 5309 Capital St. Abilene, TX

    Community Meeting #3
    Monday, March 26, 2018
    6:30 – 7:30 pm
    College Heights North Park Friendship House,2701 Hickory St. Abilene, TX

    Community Meeting #4
    Tuesday, March 27, 2018
    6:30-7:30 pm
    Grace Fellowship Church, 901 Cypress St. Abilene, TX

    Community Meeting #5
    Tuesday, April 10, 2018
    6:30-7:30 pm
    The Church/Center, 650 Corsicana St. Abilene, TX

    Community Meeting #6
    Thursday, April 12, 2018
    Sears Park Recreation Center, 2250 Ambler St, Abilene, TX


    Persons with disabilities who would like special assistance or need special accommodations to participate in the meetings should call the Office of Neighborhood Services at 325-437-4576 or Telecommunication for the deaf is 325-676-6568.

Critical Repair Program 

ONS now accepting applications for Critical Repair Program that may assist with one system failure of owner occupied housing per year. 

Download the Critical Repair Program Application

First Time Homebuyer Program 

In addition, First Time Homebuyer Program may be able to offer up to $5,000 for down payment and closing costs to first time buyers.

Download the First Time Homebuyer Program Application


Single Family Rehabilitation/Reconstruction

You may be eligible to receive financial assistance for rehabilitation of your home.

Download the Single Family Rehabilitation/Reconstruction Application


Complete the Application (make certain to answer all questions), print and submit the application with required documentation to:
Office of Neighborhood Services
Located at City Hall, 555 Walnut, Room 206
Abilene, Texas 79601

For further assistance contact (325) 437-4576

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


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.

    Related Links of Interest:


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  • 555 Walnut Street (City Hall) Room 206
    Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
    Telephone: (325) 437-4576 Fax: (325) 437-4577

    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 on 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 Program

    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.


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