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Community Development

The City of Denton Community Development Department uses citizen input and local service agency guidance to develop and implement programs and projects designed to assist low and moderate-income households and revitalize distressed neighborhoods.

Partnerships with local and state organizations are leveraged to support existing community planning programs and fill gaps in the City's service delivery system. Community Development activities are primarily funded through the Community Development Block Grant and Home Investment Partnership programs administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Other sources of funding include City general funds and Emergency Solutions Grant provide for social services to assist low and moderate-income households and the homeless.
 

  • 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. 

    The City provides funding for the provision of the following services for the 2017‐18 fiscal year:
     

    Child Care Services


    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 ‐ $23,000 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) ‐ $30,000 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.

    Mental Health and Disabilities
     
    Other Types of Public Services
     
    • RSVP Serving Denton County RSVP (940) 383-1508 (VISTA) ‐ $12,500 for providing paid full-time volunteer support to organizations that help eradicate poverty.

    Emergency Assistance for Homeless or At Risk Housing Assistance
    • Monsignor King Homeless Center (940) 391-1919 ‐ $20,000 for the provision of emergency shelter during inclement weather for people experience homelessness.
    • The Salvation Army Denton Corps (940) 566-3800 ‐ $20,000 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) $26,500 for financial rental assistance to families who are homeless and seeking to secure permanent housing.
    • Homeless Leadership Team ‐ $18,000 for coordination and support of HMIS data system and Coordinated Entry system in Denton.
    • Interfaith Ministries (940) 566-5927 ‐ $5,000 for short term rental assistance to prevent eviction and prevent homelessness.; $100,000 for assisting families in crisis with one-time utility assistance.
    • Serve Denton - $21,000 for Employ-2-Empower a pilot project to help the literally homeless gain the skills, experience and confidence needed to find living‐wage jobs by helping people develop a job history, providing training and experience to develop soft skills, and connecting people to long‐term employment opportunities.
    • United Way of Denton County (940) 566-5851 - $80,000 for director of homelessness initiatives and coordinator of coordinated entry homelessness initiatives 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 - APPLY NOW
    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 PlusOne Utility Assistance Program. The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs awards funds from the Emergency Solution Grant to provide homeless programs and services.
     
    Community Development Block Grant
    The primary goal of the City of Denton's Community Development Block Grant and HOME programs is the improvement of low- and moderate-income neighborhoods and housing.
     
    Proposed projects are submitted to the Community Development Advisory Committee and are based on the project’s conformance with the established criteria in the City’s Consolidated Plan for Housing and Community Development and City Council’s stated priorities.  Eligible activities include:  public facility improvements, demolition and clearance, public (human) services, housing rehabilitation and new construction, home ownership assistance, economic development, tenant-based rental assistance, and other activities.
     
    Interested organizations need to complete the application below. All applicants must also attend one of the following training sessions.

    Mandatory Training - register by calling (940) 349-7726
    City Hall East, Suite B, 2nd floor Large Conference Room, 601 E. Hickory St.
    • Wednesday, Dec. 13 from 10 to 11 a.m.
    • Monday, Jan. 8 from 3 to 4 p.m.
    Applications - due by 4 p.m. on Feb. 2
  • Human Services Grant - APPLY NOW
    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 PlusOne Utility Assistance Program. The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs awards funds from the Emergency Solution Grant to provide homeless programs and services.
     
    Human Services Grant
    The Human Services Grants provides funds to community human services programs serving low and 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 need to complete the annual application below. All applicants must also attend one of the following training sessions.

    Mandatory Training - register online by 5 p.m. on Dec. 1
    Denton Civic Center Community Room, 321 E. McKinney St.
    • Monday, Dec. 4 from 1:30 to 4 p.m.
    • Wednesday, Dec. 6 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
    Applications - due by 4 p.m. on Jan. 11 
  • Emergency 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 .

    In addition, Community Development also administers grant programs awarded through other City departments including the Police Department's Fair Share Fund and the Denton Municipal Electric PlusOne Utility Assistance Program. The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs awards funds from the Emergency Solution Grant to provide homeless programs and services. 

    Emergency Services Grant
    To learn more about ESG in Denton County, please visit: https://endhomelessnessdenton.com/about/emergency-solution-grant-esg/ or contact the City of Denton Community Development Division at (940) 349-7726.


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