Neighborhood Services Division

Funding Available

Funding is available for all programs. Contact the Neighborhood Services Division at (325) 437-4576 to learn more.

Guiding Principles

The Neighborhood Services Division is founded on five principles. These principles state that Neighborhood Services will:

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

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


Complete applications (make certain to answer all questions), then submit them with required documentation to Neighborhood Services.

  1. Critical Repair
  2. First Time Homebuyer
  3. Neighborhood Revitalization
  4. Single Family Rehab

Critical Repair Program

The Critical Repair Program is designed to assist Single Family owner occupied homes with critical repair problems that are a detriment to life, safety, or health of occupants, which require immediate action. These are homes where handicap accessibility is needed, or with:

  • Leaks in roofs
  • No water, gas, heat, electrical service
  • Open sewers

The Critical Repair Program will only correct problems deemed a critical situation.

Download the Critical Repair Program Application (PDF).


The Neighborhood Services Division is responsible for administering two federal grants:

  • Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
  • Home Investment Partnerships Program (HOME)

To remain eligible for the grants, the City must submit a five-year strategic plan - the 2020 to 2024 Consolidated Plan for Housing and Community Development - and the 2020 Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice Study- to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in August 2020. 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 Neighborhood Services Division.