City of El Paso Soliciting Applicants to Fill Vacancies on the CDBG Steering Committee
The City of El Paso’s Department of Community and Human Development is soliciting applications for the potential appointment of the (2) positions on the Community Development Steering Committee.Position Available for the District
Listed Below: District 3 - Rep. Emma Acosta District 8 – Rep. Beto O’Rourke
The Community Development Steering Committee is designed to serve in an advisory capacity to the City Council in identifying community development and housing needs and also in formulating recommendations for the Community Development Program.
Members put in a lot of volunteer time in meetings, reviewing the grant packages, etc. The Steering Committee meets approximately 18 times a year to review applications and determine the budget recommendations that are presented to City Council. Members also attend various collaborative meetings.
It is very important that each District be represented in this process.
This Committee serves a vital role in advising and recommending a budget to the City Council after their consideration of applications received by the Department of Community and Human Development. This Committee is very busy and puts in over 60 hours of volunteer service to the City every year, so it is very important that members have the time to attend meetings (usually scheduled at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays).
Responsibilities of the Steering Committee include:
1. Review and comment on the development of a Citizen Participation Plan;
2. Review eligible application/project proposals submitted by citizens, Neighborhood Associations, Non-profit organizations and agencies, City departments, etc.;
3. Oversee the CD Social Service and Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) collaborative process by having designated Steering Committee members attend each of the collaborative meetings to attest to their work;
4. Form an Appeals/Grievance Subcommittee to hear appeals and/or grievances from CD/ESG collaborative members regarding the application process and funding level issues.
5. Advise the City Council on policy decisions regarding program implementation;
6. Review and comment on proposed amendments to the CD Program; and
7. Assess the degree to which completed CD projects achieve their objectives.
8. The Steering Committee discusses proposals during their regular meetings and determines which proposals to include in its final budget recommendation to City Council.
FY 2008 HUD
Qualifications for CD Steering Committee Members
Committee members MUST be a resident of the District they represent and MUST meet ONE of the following qualifications for membership: Be a resident of your District and at least ONE of the following:
Over 60 years of age, or
Severely disabled, or
Low or moderate income, or
Reside in a CD eligible neighborhood where more that 51% of the residents are low-moderate income level.
Income guidelines used to determine if a person qualifies as low-moderate income. If they make over these amounts, depending on their family size they don’t meet the income limitations.
If interested please contact your City Representative or call the Department of Community Development at 541-4697.
Background information on Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program is the major source of funding for the City of El Paso’s Community and Human Development department. CDBG is an annual formula grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) available for designated low-and-moderate income communities. Funded projects include parks, street and drainage, public facilities, housing, and social service programs. Since 1975, approximately – over $300 million of CDBG funding has been allocated toward the improvement and betterment of El Paso’s low-and-moderate income neighborhoods. CDBG gives communities the flexibility to decide how to meet the needs of low-and –moderate income neighborhoods and persons. CDBG public improvement projects improve safety and living conditions for low-income neighborhood residents. This program also increases recreational opportunities and enhances neighborhood pride. Community and Human Development projects change the face of low-and-moderate income neighborhoods through housing rehabilitation, providing decent, safe, and affordable housing for low-income families. It also provides needed funding to social service programs for low-income El Pasoans.