Five Year Consolidated Plan
To receive its annual Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) entitlement grant, the City of New Braunfels is required to prepare a Five-Year Consolidated Plan as well as a One-Year Action Plan. These plans present a strategy and goals for use of the CDBG grant. The plans must meet federal requirements under:
- Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended
- National Affordable Housing Act of 1990, as amended
- Stuart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act of 1987, as amended
All projected use of funds must be determined eligible in accordance with the following federal regulations:
- 24 CFR Part 570, CDBG Program Final Rule
- 24 CFR Part 92, HOME Program Final Rule
- 24 CFR 576, ESG Program Final Rule
The City of New Braunfels’ Five Year Consolidated Plan serves the following functions:
- A planning document for the city, which builds on a participatory process at the grassroots community level
- An application for federal funds under Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) formula grant programs (of which CDBG is one)
- A strategy to be followed in carrying out HUD programs
- An action plan that provides a basis for assessing the community’s performance
PrioritiesThe City of New Braunfels’ 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan contains key priorities to aggressively pursue on a policy and program basis. These priorities reflect the policies and programs that will best meet the needs within the city, and are listed as follows:
- Decrease Homelessness. Provide funds to support transitional housing. Provide funding to create supportive housing opportunities and fund programs that address the needs of homeless.
- Public Services. Support efforts to coordinate work of social services providers and identify duplication of services. Fund programs that address the needs of the elderly, victims of domestic violence, youth, and other sub-populations.
- Increase Affordable Housing. Fund activities that sustain or improve the condition of existing housing inventory for low to moderate income households. Fund rehabilitation, repair, and weatherization programs. Fund programs that address needs of low income neighborhoods
- Public Facility and Infrastructure Improvements. Fund public facility improvements that benefit low to moderate income persons and households, persons with special needs, including but not limited to senior centers, homeless facilities, parks and recreational facilities. Fund sidewalks and street improvements.
- Historic Preservation. Fund public and private activities that address slum and blight. Support efforts to maintain and preserve properties of historic significance in the community.
- Community and Economic Development. Provide funding for projects that create jobs through community development programs. Support projects that increase economic opportunities in low to moderate neighborhoods.
- Fair Housing. Improve access to community resources. Continue compliance with federal regulations.
The City of New Braunfels will amend the Consolidated Plan whenever a substantial change is anticipated. The following are considered substantial changes:
- Deletion or addition of priorities as described in the plan
- Significant change in the purpose, scope, location or beneficiaries of CDBG funds
- A budget change in excess of $50,000
All amendments to the Consolidated Plan will be preceded by appropriate public notices and public comment periods, as required by federal regulations regarding the change of use of funds.
These priorities are subject to change, at the recommendation of the Community Development Advisory Board to the City Council.