U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Congratulates the City of El Paso
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) conducted its annual review of the City of El Paso's Consolidated Annual Plan Evaluation Report (CAPER) for Program Year 2005-2006. The purpose of this yearly review is to determine that the City and each of the City's subrecepients that receives funding assistance from HUD, is in compliance with all applicable statutes and has the continuing capacity to implement and administer the programs for which assistance is received. This annual assessment covers the review of three grant programs: The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), the Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) and the Home Investment Partnerships Grant (HOME).
HUD's evaluation determined that the City of El Paso, is in compliance with the statutes and has the continuing capacity to implement and administer the programs for which assistance is received. The City's Department of Community and Human Development administers these programs. HUD congratulates the City of El Paso for the accomplishments during the past year and the performance on the following areas:
- In 2005, the city expended 100 percent of its Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds for activities that benefit low-and-moderate-income persons.
- The amount of funds expended on planning and administration was 16.73 percent, which meets the 20 percent cap for such activities.
- The City of El Paso is implementing its CDBG program in a timely manner.
- During the program year the City utilized CDBG and HOME funds to assist with the rehabilitation of 14 owner-occupied housing units, and 11 owner-occupied homes were reconstructed when the existing structures proved infeasible for rehabilitation. In addition, HOME funds assisted 33 low-income households with the purchase of their first home, HOME CHDO funds were also used in the new construction of two housing units that were sold to first time homebuyers.
- The amount of funds expended on public service activities was 14.24 percent, which is below the 15 percent cap for such activities. The City funded 47 projects that provided assistance to 16,654 persons for childcare; youth services; emergency shelter and homeless assistance; services for the elderly and disabled; and mental health services. The 11 social service activities that provided homeless assistance served a total of 4,040 homeless persons. In addition, the City's Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) funds were used to provide housing for 637 homeless persons.
- The City carried out a variety of public facility and infrastructure improvement projects during the program year. The City funded 41 public facility improvement projects that are in various stages of completion. This year's program accomplishments included the completion of six (6) neighborhood parks, the rehabilitation of nine (9) public facility projects, and the completion of ten (10) street improvement projects.
- The City's Empowerment Zone (EZ) Program resulted in the creation or retention of 285 jobs. In addition, 1,315 individuals received job training and 853 businesses were provided technical assistance.
Quote from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD):
As a result of our evaluation we have determined that the City of El Paso has carried out its programs substantially as described in its Consolidated Plan. The Consolidated Plan as implemented complies with the requirements of the Housing and Community Development Act and other applicable laws and regulations, and the City has the continuing capacity to carry out its approved programs in a timely manner.
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