The Department of Community and Human Development (DCHD), consisting of a staff of approximately 39 dedicated public servants, manages federal, state, local and private funding that the City of El Paso receives for the following purposes:

Benefiting Low- and Moderate Income Persons & Neighborhoods: Benefiting Low- and Moderate Income Persons & Neighborhoods: Does your neighborhood need street, lighting, sidewalk or accessibility improvements? Do you need a park, library or other type of public facility in your area, or do you have existing public facilities near your neighborhood that are in need of repair? If so, the City's Community Development Block Grant Program could help you.

Increasing Affordable Housing Opportunities & Rehabilitating Existing Housing Stock: Are you interested in purchasing your first home, but need down payment and closing cost assistance? Is your existing home in need of repair, but because of your income, you cannot afford to fix it because of the high interest rates? Do you need accessibility improvements in your home? If so, the City's HOME Investment Partnerships Grant is available for these and other purposes.

Addressing the Problem of Homelessness:
Are you a non-profit agency that provides services to the homeless? If so, the City's Emergency Shelter Grant Program can assist your agency.

Providing Direct Services to the Elderly: Are you elderly and interested in volunteering to help disadvantaged youth and/or other elderly citizens of El Paso? Are you elderly and suffer from depression and loneliness? If so, the City's Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and the Foster Grandparent Program (FGP) offers volunteer opportunities to senior citizens and enriches the lives El Paso's older population by creating meaningful activities and direction.

Strengthening El Paso's Neighborhoods: Are you interested in forming a Neighborhood Association? Would you like your existing Neighborhood Association to receive information and/or training about City services? If so, the Neighborhood Services Division of Community and Human Development can assist you.

If you answered yes to any of the questions above and are interested in learning more about the above programs and services, please explore our Web Site and feel free to contact the individual contact persons found within. Also, please provide feedback on the various programs, as citizen involvement is a significant factor in determining how many of the grant funds will be spent.

Thank you for your interest in Community Development programs and services.  


Neighborhood Relations Coordinator/Public Relations
Soraya Ayub Palacios
(915) 212-1679

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program
Rudy Reyes
(915) 212-1657

Housing Division
Art Rubio
(915) 212-0139

Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG)
Connie Jimenez
(915) 212-1653

Neighborhood Services
Mark Weber
(915) 212-1682

Neighborhood Stabilization Program
Jane Tomchik
(915) 212-1681

Empowerment Zone
Small Business Loan Program  
Rocio Alvarado
(915) 212-1675

Foster Grandparent Program (FGP)
Rosario A. Ortiz
(915) 212-1678

Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)
Norma Corona
(915) 212-1683

Veterans Affairs Committee
Veronica Soto
(915) 212-0138