Neighborhood Services Division
Public Hearings & Community Meetings
Do you have ideas on what would make your neighborhood a better place to live
Usted tiene ideas en que haría su vecindad un lugar mejor para vivir?
The City of Abilene wants to hear from you!
La Ciudad de Abilene desea oír de usted!
You are invited to a discussion session regarding neighborhood needs.
Usted esta invitado a una discusión con respecto a las necesidades de su vecindario.
Invite a neighbor!
Invite a un vecino!
- April 19, 2021 from 10:00am - 11:00am
The Abilene Zoo
2070 Zoo Lane
Classroom A Administration
- Meeting #1
Monday, April 19, 2021 from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Friendship House North
- Meeting #2
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
GV Daniels Rec Center
541 N 8th St
- Meeting #3
Thursday, April 22, 2021 from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Sears Park Rec Center
2250 Ambler Ave
- Meeting #4
Monday, April 26, 2021 from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Cobb Park Rec Center
2302 State St
- Meeting #5
Tuesday, April 27, 2021 from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Rose Park Rec Center
2601 S. 7th St
- Meeting #6
Thursday, April 29, 2021 from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Rose Park Senior Center
2625 S. 7th St
City of Abilene accepting applications for Federal HUD Grants
The City of Abilene, Neighborhood Services (NS), welcomes the opportunity to open the annual Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership (HOME) Application Process.
NS is currently accepting applications for funding of (CDBG) and (HOME) projects from interested non-profit organizations for FY 2021/2022 within the City Limits of Abilene.
Applications may be obtained:
- Online by downloading the application (PDF)
- At our office at City Hall, at 555 Walnut Street, Suite 206
Completed Applications and supporting documentation must be submitted to the NS no later than 12:00 noon on Wednesday, May 19, 2021.
CDBG and HOME funds will provide new opportunities to create partnerships with the NS to address important community development needs. The Grant Application requires that funding criteria be met by selecting projects that meet at least one of the HUD determined National Objectives of CDBG/HOME Programs. In an effort to effectively address these issues, the City encourages prospective partners to develop projects that truly reflect the needs of the community. Projects must also correspond with the Goals and Objectives of the FY 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan. The application must also follow the CDBG/HOME Funding Guidelines approved by the Abilene City Council on July 10, 1997.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Neighborhood Services at 325-437-4576.
Proposed FY 2020/2021 One-Year Action Plan for Community Development in Abilene
The City of Abilene presents the One-Year Action Plan for community development needs in Abilene. This plan reflects activities to be undertaken using U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funds during the fiscal year of Oct. 1, 2020 – Sept. 30, 2021.
The City expects to receive $1,359,149 for Program Year 2020 in HUD entitlements (Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) – $870,932 and Home Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) $487,717 on or about Oct. 1, 2020. An Action Plan is required annually as part of the City’s entitlement requirements.
2020-2024 Consolidated Plan & 1-Year Action Plan
The public comment period has officially ended.
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.
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).
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.
Download the First Time Homebuyer Program Application (PDF).
Neighborhood Revitalization Program
Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP) is a new activity to be carried out through the Neighborhood Services to revitalize the 15 low- and-moderate-income neighborhoods by wrapping income qualified client’s owner occupied homes in Smart Board. Neighborhood Services will focus on one neighborhood at a time to redevelop those neighborhoods long neglected. Plans are to begin in the Alameda Neighborhood which is an Abilene Neighborhood Initiative (ANI). The same basic information that determines eligibility for the Critical/Limited Program applies for the Neighborhood Revitalization Program.
Connecting Caring Communities (CCC) has partnered with the City of Abilene Neighborhood Services to develop a community driven collaboration entitled Abilene Caring Together (ACT). CCC has partnered with the Neighborhood Services to carry out the oversight of volunteers and the purchase, inventory and storage of painting materials to work in the low-moderate income neighborhoods. ACT volunteers will paint homes in the 15 low-moderate income neighborhoods that have been resided by Neighborhood Services approved contractors. The ACT Program will create a positive impact by providing materials and volunteers.
Single-Family Rehabilitation Program
The 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.
You may be eligible to receive financial assistance for rehabilitation of your home.
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 2015 to 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 Neighborhood Services Division.