- CDBG Program
Housing and Community Development
The City of New Braunfels receives a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
These funds are distributed throughout the community to provide eligible recipients with annual grants that can be used to revitalize neighborhoods, expand affordable housing, provide economic opportunities and improve community facilities and services, primarily supporting low and moderate-income persons.
IMPORTANT PROGRAM RESOURCE: Details regarding the CDBG program are available in this HUD-issued CDBG Guide.
Annual Action Plan for CDBG Program Year 2022
CDBG Program Year 2022 - Annual Action Plan
CDBG Program Year 2022 - Amended Annual Action Plan - DRAFT
Substantial Amendment to Adopted Annual Action Plan
for CDBG Program Year 2022
The City of New Braunfels is currently proposing a Substantial Amendment to its Annual Action Plan for Program Year 2022 (PY22) that will provide funding from currently unallocated PY21 and PY22 CDBG funds for activities to be conducted by the City during PY22. A draft of the Amended Annual Action Plan will be available for public comment from March 5, 2023 to April 5, 2023. All comments received by April 5, 2023, will be considered, and included in the Substantial Amendment to the PY22 Annual Action Plan.
Online Public Notice - Substantial Amendment to CDBG PY22 Annual Action Plan - English
Online Public Notice - Substantial Amendment to CDBG PY22 Annual Action Plan - Spanish
Applications to request funding for CDBG Program Year 2023 were available until March 22, 2023 at 4:00 PM (local time).
- CDBG Guidelines
- Program Year 2023
- Important Dates
- Eligible Activities
- Ineligible Activities
- Eligible Recipients
Authorized under Title 1 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, the CDBG Program provides eligible cities and counties with annual formula-based grants. These grants can be used to revitalize neighborhoods, expand affordable housing, offer economic opportunities and improve community facilities and services.
Funding received from Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for CDBG activities or projects is used locally to meet priority community needs identified in the City of New Braunfels' Consolidated Plan. All activities carried out with CDBG funding must meet one of the following national objectives:
- Benefit low and moderate-income persons; Aid in the prevention or elimination of slums or blight; or Meet community development needs having a particular urgency e.g., response to a hurricane, tornado, flood, or similar disaster
Grant recipients must certify that at least 70% of HUD funds must be expended on behalf of low and moderate-income persons.
IMPORTANT PROGRAM RESOURCE: Details regarding the CDBG program are available in this HUD-issued CDBG Guide.
Program Year 2023
The City was requesting applications from February 15, 2023, to March 22, 2023, from non-profit agencies and other eligible entities for the CDBG program for the term October 1, 2023, through September 30, 2024. Activities must benefit low-moderate income people, aid in the prevention of slum or blight, or meet an urgent community need such as disaster relief. Applications were available on the City's website and also upon request to CDBG Program Support Staff.
CDBG Application Workshop: February 15, 2023 from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM (local time)
Location: New Braunfels City Hall (Tejas Room); 550 Landa Street; New Braunfels, TX 78130
Applications were due by March 22, 2023, no later than 4:00 PM (local time). Hardcopy applications could be submitted to the City Secretary’s Office, ATTN: Jennifer Gates, at 550 Landa Street *or* electronic applications could be submitted to CDBG Program Support Staff. Applications submitted after the deadline were not be accepted or eligible for funding.
If you have questions concerning the application, please contact CDBG Program Support Staff:
Jennifer Gates, Grants Coordinator, at JGates@newbraunfels.gov or Paula Harper, CDBG Consultant, at email@example.com.
Program Year 2023 Resources
CDBG Program Year 2023 - Application Workshop Presentation
CDBG Program Year 2023 - Public Services Application - open 2-15-2023 to 3-22-2023
CDBG Program Year 2023 - Public Facilities Application - open 2-15-2023 to 3-22-2023
CDBG Program Year 2023 - Housing Application - open 2-15-2023 to 3-22-2023
Important Dates (all posted times are Central Time):
February 8, 2022 to March 10, 2022: CDBG Program Year 2022 Funding Application Period
February 10, 2022; 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM: Application Workshop; to be hosted via Zoom and in-person. Interested parties may attend virtually by using this link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87562926273 or use ID # 875 6292 6273 when calling (833) 926-2300. The in-person meeting will be hosted at New Braunfels' City Hall (Tejas Room); 550 Landa Street; New Braunfels, TX 78130.
April 2022: Fair Housing Month
April 19, 2022; New Braunfels City Hall (Tejas Room); 6:00 PM: PY22 Applicant Discussions with Community Development Advisory Committee (CDAC)
May 3, 2022; New Braunfels City Hall (Tejas Room); 6:00 PM: CDAC ranks applications for recommendations to City Council
June 13, 2022; Westside Community Center; 1:30 PM: First Public Hearing for Draft Annual Action Plan to City Council
June 27, 2022; New Braunfels City Hall (Council Chambers); 6:00 PM: Second Public Hearing and Presentation of Draft Annual Action Plan to City Council
July 11, 2022; New Braunfels City Hall (Council Chambers); 6:00 PM: City Council Approves Annual Action Plan
CDBG funds may be used for activities that include (but are not limited to):
- Acquisition of real property
- Disposition of property acquired with CDBG funds
- Public facilities and improvements
- Clearance activities (demolition and removal of substandard hazardous structures)
- Public services (such as child care, health services, job training, counseling, etc.)
- Housing services
- Homeownership assistance
- Housing rehabilitation
- Historic preservation
- Lead-based paint evaluation and reduction
- Economic development activities
- Neighborhood revitalization
- Energy conservation projects
Detailed descriptions of eligible activities may be found in the Code of Federal Regulations (24 CFR 570.201), or by calling the City of New Braunfels Housing & Community Development Coordinator at (830) 221-4383.
The general rule is that any activity that is not authorized on the eligible activities list or in the regulations is not eligible to be assisted with Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds. The following section identifies specific activities that may not be paid for with CDBG funding:
- Buildings used for the general conduct of government
- General government expenses
- Political activities
- Purchase of equipment, including construction equipment, fixtures, motor vehicles, furnishings, and other personal property (unless part of a public service of grant administrative expense)
- Operating and maintenance expenses, including maintenance and repair of streets, parks, playgrounds, water and sewer facilities, neighborhood facilities, senior centers, centers for persons with disabilities, parking and other public facilities and improvements
- New housing construction
- Income payments for subsistence (welfare payments)
The City of New Braunfels can award Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding to non-profit organizations, for-profit businesses, or other government agencies for carrying out eligible CDBG activities that meet national objectives and priorities. If you have any questions about the CDBG Program, please contact the City's Grants Coordinator at (830) 221-4383.
CDBG Stakeholder Meeting
The City of New Braunfels receives Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds each year from the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The new funding year, Program Year 2023 (PY23) begins October 1, 2023 and ends September 30, 2024. In order to receive the funding, the City must create a document called the "Annual Action Plan" which details how the funds will be allocated, who will benefit from the funded programs/projects, and establishes goals for each activity. The PY23 Annual Action Plan will directly support the adopted 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan, a 5-year strategic planning document.
The City invites all persons interested providing input for the development of the Annual Action Plan, and the City’s Fair Housing Plan, to attend an upcoming Stakeholder Meeting(s). Additional details regarding meeting dates, times, and locations will be provided as they become available. The meeting(s) will allow citizens to discuss issues and priorities with City staff; citizens interested in participating are encouraged to monitor this website for updates.
April 13, 2023; New Braunfels City Hall (Tejas Room); 9:30 AM: CDBG Program Year 2023 Stakeholder Meeting
Citizen comments will be accepted at this meeting(s) as well as other public hearings and incorporated into the aforementioned Plan. After Council determines which programs and projects will be funded in the 2023 Action Plan, CDBG staff will prepare draft Plan documents which will be made available for review and comment in print form and on the City's CDBG website for 30 days. After the comment period has been completed for the Plans, any comments that have been received are incorporated into the associated document and the Plans are forwarded to HUD for their review.
- Fair Housing
- CDBG-CV Info
- HUD Income Limits
- Consolidated Plan
- 1-Year Action Plan
- Community Development Advisory Committee
The City of New Braunfels supports HUD’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) in their efforts to "eliminate housing discrimination, promote economic opportunity, and achieve diverse, inclusive communities." Additional information and resources are available at HUD’s FHEO website.
FHEO Fair Housing Hotline: (800) 669-9777
FHEO TDD Line: (800) 927-9275
The City of New Braunfels has been fortunate to receive a special allocation to our Community Development Block Grant funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to be used to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19). This allocation was authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), Public Law 116-136, which was signed by President Trump on March 27, 2020, to respond to the growing effects of this historic public health crisis. The CARES Act provided $243,102 in Community Development Block Grant Coronavirus (CDBG-CV) funds to the City in April 2020 and in September 2020, the City received an additional $423,819 in CDBG-CV funding. Funds may be used for a wide range of activities that must be associated with COVID-19 and all eligible activities must meet one of the three National Objectives: 1) Benefit low to moderate-income persons, 2) Aid in the prevention of slums and blight, or 3) meet other urgent community needs such as disaster relief. Eligible activities include, but are not limited to, Public Services, Buildings and Improvements (including Public Facilities), and Assistance to Businesses (including Special Economic Development Assistance).
As a result of a competitive application process for the first round of CDBG-CV funding (CDBG-CV Round 1), the City received applications from 5 local non-profit agencies for a variety of eligible activities within the Public Services category for a total of $312,025. All applications were reviewed by an internal committee consisting of several City staff members and the City’s CDBG consultant and, as allowable by HUD, it was the recommendation of the review committee that all activities be fully funded with the CDBG-CV allocation and a portion of unallocated CDBG Program Year 2019 (PY19) funding. A Public Hearing was hosted during the City Council meeting on May 26, 2020, and City Council subsequently approved the amended CDBG Program Year 2019 Annual Action Plan, including CDBG-CV Round 1 funding recommendations, during the City Council meeting on June 8, 2020.
CDBG-CV ROUND 1 ALLOCATIONS:
CASA of Central Texas, Inc. for court advocacy services for children: $55,600
Comal County Habitat for Humanity for housing/utility assistance: $136,425
Crisis Center of Comal County for food/shelter assistance: $10,000
Family Life Center for housing/utility assistance: $10,000
San Antonio Food Bank for emergency food distribution: $100,000
After another competitive application process for the next round of CDBG-CV funding (CDBG-CV Round 3), the City received applications from 8 local non-profit agencies for a variety of eligible activities within the Public Services category for a total of $942,779. All applications were reviewed by an internal committee consisting of several City staff members and the City’s CDBG consultant to form funding recommendations. A Public Hearing was hosted during the City Council meeting on January 11, 2021, and City Council subsequently approved another amendment to the CDBG Program Year 2019 Annual Action Plan, including CDBG-CV Round 3 funding recommendations, during the City Council meeting on January 25, 2021.
CDBG-CV ROUND 3 ALLOCATIONS:
Comal County Habitat for Humanity for housing/utility assistance: $54,912
Crisis Center of Comal County for food/shelter assistance: $5,419
Family Life Center for housing/utility assistance: $10,839
Hope Hospice for staff and personal protective equipment (PPE) to serve clients during COVID-19 emergency: $122,482
NB Housing Partners for food and shelter assistance for homeless residents: $230,167
If you have questions concerning the CDBG-CV program, please contact Jennifer Gates, Grants Coordinator, at JGates@newbraunfels.gov or Paula Harper, CDBG Consultant, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HUD Income Limits
HUD Fiscal Year 2022 CDBG Income Limits; effective June 15, 2022
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX HUD Metro FMR Area
HOUSEHOLD SIZE; PERSONS IN FAMILY
Extremely Low *
Very Low (50%)
* Extremely Low Income is defined as the great of 30/50ths (60%) of the Section 8 very low-income limit or the poverty guidelines provided that this amount is not greater than the Section 8 50% very low-income limit.
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
The 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.
2022 One-Year Action Plan
October 1, 2022 marked the City of New Braunfels’ 28th year in receiving and distributing Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to local nonprofit organizations and other agencies for carrying out the activities and objectives such as those described in the 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan and Strategy. Through this federal grant funding, the City of New Braunfels supports neighborhood revitalization and community services for low-and moderate-income residents, particularly those persons and areas in most need.
In the One-Year Action Plan, the city sets forth a specific plan for activities that it expects to fund using CDBG funds during the Program Year (October 1 through September 30). Each of these activities correlates directly with the priorities stated in the Consolidated Plan and Strategy. The City of New Braunfels’ CDBG funding allocation for Program Year 2022 is $438,259.
CDBG program year activities are outlined in a One-Year Action Plan annually. These activities were selected in accordance with the city’s Citizen Participation Plan and Housing and Urban Development (HUD) regulations governing the CDBG program.
For each activity, the One-Year Action Plan will include the priority needs addressed, resources to be used, the number of New Braunfels’ residents assisted, the benefits to the community, and the organization designated as having lead responsibility. The City of New Braunfels strives to serve 90% low-to-moderate income level residents with the activities funded by the CDBG program.
Program Year 2022 Funding
|ADMINISTRATION - PROGRAM/PROJECT||ALLOCATION|
|Administration and Fair Housing / CDBG program administration||$87,651.80|
|PUBLIC SERVICES - PROGRAM/PROJECT||ALLOCATION|
|Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Texas / mentoring of youth||$5,500.00|
|CASA of Central Texas, Inc. / court-appointed advocacy services for children||$10,000.00|
|Connections Individual and Family Services, Inc. / case management for children's shelter||$8,500.00|
|Family Life Center / emergency rent and utility assistance||$7,197.00|
|NB Housing Partners / supportive services provided for homeless residents||$8,000.00|
|River City Advocacy, Inc. / counseling services||$6,500.00|
|San Antonio Food Bank / emergency food distribution by New Braunfels Food Bank||$9,000.00|
|The Salvation Army Braunfels Corps / case management for transitional housing program||$5,000.00|
|Topoly's Story d/b/a Service Dogs for Kids / provision of service dogs for children||$6,041.85|
|HOUSING - PROGRAM/PROJECT||ALLOCATION|
|Comal County Habitat for Humanity / Home Repair Program||$20,000.00|
|PUBLIC FACILITIES - PROGRAM/PROJECT||ALLOCATION|
|Comal County Senior Citizens Foundation / facility roof repair||$100,000.00|
|New Braunfels Housing Authority / purchase and installation of emergency standby generator||$87,214.05|