NOV. 14, 2023 - More than a hundred Allen residents received rent/utility assistance and help with urgent repairs thanks to a federally-funded grant administered by the City of Allen.
The Community Development Block Grant is a federally funded program operated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The City of Allen uses these funds to assist qualifying residents by expanding the availability of safe and reliable housing, providing educational materials on homeownership, fair housing laws and safety hazards, and by encouraging the expansion and availability of human services.
In the annual report, city staff noted several of the program’s highlights from the past year, including:
- 14 homes with urgent issues repaired
- 28 individuals received education and information on affordable housing, fair housing laws, homeownership and lead-based paint
- 96 families received rent and utility assistance
To help address home issues that the CDBG program does not cover, like fences or other property repairs, the city has a Property Improvement Program (PIP). Six PIP projects were completed last year.
In addition to these highlights, the city’s volunteer program Live. Love. Allen. completed 11 total projects last year, with 40 volunteers working 51 hours over the course of those projects. This group assists homeowners who either physically or financially cannot address code compliance issues.
The City of Allen was also able to provide community service grants to several local groups, including Meals on Wheels Collin County, Family Promise of Collin County, The Family Place, Change the World and Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA).
Read more about the CDBG program and other community assistance programs.
Pictured: Live.Love.Allen volunteers help to remove a tree