CDBG at Work

The mission of the Community and Human Development Department is to serve as a catalyst for community partnerships, collaboration and change that will revitalize low income neighborhoods; enhance human services; promote accessibility; expand housing opportunities; and generally improve the quality of life for low and moderate income persons. One vehicle through which this is possible is through the Community Development Block Grant. Here are some of the projects that are currently helping neighborhood across El Paso.

New oLo Building
(Other Learning Opportunities)

New oLo BuildingCreative Kids hosted a grand opening for the new oLo Building located at 504 San Francisco St. on October 19,2006. The grand opening showcased the new home of the Creative Kids Gallery, Art Studios, Multimedia Lab and Administration Offices to be called to oLo Building.

The facility is 16,000 square feet, which assist our community's disadvantaged youth to strengthen their talents for artistic expression and to increase their critical life skills development, primarily for the workplace.

Creative Kids, is a non-profit 501(C)(3), organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of children through the arts. With this new and larger facility, Creative Kids are able to reach out to more disadvantaged youth battling cancer and children with disabilities. It also allows for the ability to offer classes to the general public.

New oLo BuildingThe new oLo Building is equipped with a children's gallery, a state-of-the-art media lab with G-4 and G-5 Mac computers, art studios that include: painting, welding, silk screening, fashion design, photography, and a kitchen where children's cooking classes will be offered. It is also a home to other non-profit organizations sharing the same mission as Creative Kids.

Community Development Block Grant Program funded this project for the amount of $566,178.

The mission of Creative Kids, Inc. is to enhance the lives of children with cancer, youth living in public housing, disabled, and disadvantaged youth through the arts.

Montoya Heights Park
Montoya Heights ParkMontoya Heights Neighborhood Association requested that a much needed park be built in their neighborhood. Every effort was made to attend every meeting, public hearing and City Council meetings in order to see their dream of a park come to be.

On August 25, 2006, their dream finally came true when they along with the Departments of Parks and Recreation and Community and Human Development hosted a ribbon cutting to inaugurate the new Montoya Heights Park.

Montoya Heights ParkThe Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program funded the design and development of the 3.12 acre park located at 340 Coates Dr. with the following amenities: plastic coated park benches, picnic units with shade canopies, a basketball court, lighting, trash receptacles, new playground equipment with canopy shading, a walk/jog path, an irrigation system, landscaping to include 150 trees, sodding and park/rule signs.

The park was funded in the 31st Community Development Block Grant Year (2005-2006) in the amount of $869,381 for both design and construction.

New Cypress Apartment Complex
New Cypress Apartment ComplexProject Bravo along with the Department of Community and Human Development dedicated the newly constructed Cypress Apartment Complex on August 23, 2006.

This project located at 2022 Cypress (79901) began with the acquisition of 11,000 square feet of land. Subsequent to the demolition of a dilapidated vacant structure, the design and construction of a four, three-bedroom (1,137 square feet) apartment took place.

The four units are rented to low-income individuals/families (60% of median income set by HUD) at monthly rates of $470 including all utilities, with a deposit of $200.

This apartment complex was constructed with HOME entitlement grant funds for the amount of 355,040, through the City of El Paso's Department of Community and Human Development.

These units are providing decent, safe and affordable housing as an alternative to substandard living condition in the area.

New Maxwell Apartment Complex
New Maxwell Apartment ComplexProject Vida Community Development Corporation (PVCDC), a Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) along with the Department of Community and Human Development hosted an open house for the newly constructed Maxwell Apartment Complex located at 4703 Maxwell on August 30, 2006.

New Maxwell Apartment ComplexThis project consisted of 6 new spacious three-bedroom apartments (approximately 1,088 square feet), one and three quarter baths, living room, dining room, kitchen with a refrigerator, stove and washer an dryer hook-ups. In addition, one unit is fully handicapped accessible, including a roll-in shower.

The apartments are available for low-income individuals/families (60% or less of median income set by HUD) at monthly rates of $450 including all utilities, except electricity.

These units are providing decent, safe and affordable housing as an alternative to substandard living condition in the area.