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Community Development

The City of Denton Community Development Department uses citizen comments, local government and service agencies guidance, to develop and implement programs and projects that provide decent housing, a suitable living environment and expand economic opportunity, principally for persons of low to moderate income. 

Community Development activities include grants for Housing and Public Improvements, as well as, human service grants that provide funding to area social services agencies. The department also supports the development of affordable housing options that provide full and equal access to all persons through the Housing Tax Credit (HTC) program.


  • Housing Assistance

    First-time home buyers, home owners with home repair needs and renters in need of rental assistance may find resources to help. Housing Programs managed by Community Development include:

    The City works with several partners who provide housing assistance services:

  • Social Services
    Through the Human Services Grant and other general funding the City is providing support to community human services programs serving low and moderate‐income City of Denton residents. The grants utilize Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and General Revenue Funds awarded to local nonprofit agencies. By leveraging funding local, state, and federal, grants we have the target goal to ensure at least 3,500 individuals and/or households are served through City-supported programs. 

    For a map of DCTA public transportation routes and transit stops in conjunction with the location of nonprofit organizations offering assistance to Denton residents for a variety of resources including health care, mental health care, food and meals, child care, housing and homelessness assistance, senior assistance, disability services, etc., please visit this page.

    The City provides funding for the provision of the following services for the 2018‐19 fiscal year: (Print this list)

    Child Care Services

    • Denton Christian Preschool (940) 383-3332 ‐ $26,000 to provide quality early childhood education for at-risk children in the community.
    • Denton City County Day School (940) 382-6485 ‐ $40,250 to provide quality early childhood education to low-income children between the ages of 18 months and 5 years.
    • Fred Moore Day Nursery, Inc. (940) 387-8214 ‐ $40,000 to provide nurturing and developmentally appropriate early learning environment for low-income families between the ages of 6 weeks and 5 years old.
    • Summer Kids Camp ‐ $25,000 – for free summer camp program to income eligible kids in need of quality care in the summer.
    Elderly Services
    • RSVP Serving Denton County (940) 383-1508 (Volunteers) ‐ $5,000 for coordination of volunteer activities for senior citizens in Denton who provide volunteer services to local nonprofits.
    • Special Programs for Aging Needs (SPAN), Inc. (940) 382-2224 ‐ $25,000 for home delivered and congregate meals for senior adults in Denton.

    Family Resources
    Health Care Services
    • Denton Community Health Clinic (940) 600-7527 (Behavioral Health & Diabetic Eye Exams) ‐ $32,000 for health care and case management for patients with complex needs in coordination of care and specialized eye exams for persons with diabetes.
    • Health Services of North Texas (940) 381-1501 ‐ $45,000 for indigent primary care providing immunizations, treatment for acute & chronic physical and behavioral health conditions, well visits, care management and access to specialty care.
    • PediPlace (972) 436-7962 - $5,000 for children to have access to healthcare services.

    Mental Health and Disabilities
    Other Types of Public Services
    • RSVP Serving Denton County RSVP (940) 383-1508 (VISTA) ‐ $13,000 for providing paid full-time volunteer support to organizations that help eradicate poverty.

    Emergency Assistance for Homeless or At Risk 
    • Monsignor King Homeless Center (940) 391-1919 ‐ $32,000 for the provision of emergency shelter during inclement weather for people experience homelessness.
    • The Salvation Army Denton Corps (940) 566-3800 ‐ $23,250 for assistance with food provided at the K.A.R.E. Kitchen daily meals and Food Pantry for clients experiencing homelessness and low-income households.
    • Giving HOPE, Inc. (940) 483-0569 (Transitional Housing) $32,500 for homeless prevention financial rental assistance to families at-risk of homelessness.
    • Interfaith Ministries (940) 566-5927 ‐ $7,000 for short term rental assistance to prevent eviction and prevent homelessness.; $100,000 for assisting families in crisis with one-time utility assistance.
    • Our Daily Bread (940) 566-1308 - $15,000 for a program coordinator to assist in providing services, and referrals for other services to people experiencing or at-riskof homelessness.
    • United Way of Denton County (940) 566-5851 - $107,748 for director of homelessness initiatives, coordinator of homelessness initiatives, and a housing navigator in support of the Denton County Homeless Leadership Team system wide plan to help ensure homelessness is rare, brief and nonrecurring.
  • Community Development Block Grant

    The City of Denton utilizes the Federal Community Development Block Grant for Housing and Public Improvements that assist low to moderate-income households and to help revitalize neighborhoods.

    Grant application(s) must follow established criteria in the City’s Consolidated Plan for Housing and Community Development and address the stated priorities.

    Application and mandatory training dates will be available in November 2019 for interested organizations looking to apply.

    If you would like to apply, have questions or need additional information, please contact Luisa Garcia, Community Development Coordinator, at Luisa.Garcia@cityofdenton.com or (940) 349-7238.

  • Human Services Grant
    The City of Denton utilizes the Federal Community Development Block Grant to improve the quality of housing and neighborhoods through grants and housing assistance programs. Community Development also administers grant programs awarded through other City departments including the Police Department’s Fair Share Fund and the Denton Municipal Electric P-L-U-S One Utility Assistance Program.

    The Human Services Grant provides funds to community human services programs serving low to moderate-income City of Denton residents. The grant utilizes Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and General Revenue Funds awarded to local nonprofit agencies. Services funding generally include reduced cost childcare, adult care, family services, youth services, homelessness assistance/prevention, utilities assistance, and others as needed. Interested organizations complete the annual application to be released in November 2019.

    To learn more about programs currently funded visit Social Services

    If you would like to apply, have questions or need additional information, please contact Anja Taylor, Grants Program Coordinator, at Anja.Taylor@cityofdenton.com or (940) 349-7322.

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