City survey asks residents to determine direction of grant funds

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The City of Pearland is conducting a survey to gain the perspectives of city residents on the preferred use of specific grant funds in the city.

The City of Pearland receives Entitlement Jurisdiction funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program.

According to HUD, the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Entitlement Program provides annual grants on a formula basis to entitled cities and counties to develop viable urban communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment, and by expanding economic opportunities, principally for low- and moderate-income persons. The program is authorized under Title 1 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974.

These types of surveys are conducted every five years so that the city can complete their Affordable Housing Assessment and 5-Year Consolidated Plan for submission to HUD this fiscal year.

According to city officials, the survey will help provide a better understanding of how the funds should be utilized by the City in ways that impact low-moderate income city residents. This could be to reduce poverty, assist the elderly, support social services agencies in the area, and/or improve infrastructure.

The survey can be accessed in English at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FHPearlandEng or in Spanish at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FHPearlandSpan.

For more information about the program, or this survey, email [email protected]

Story by Karolyn Gephart

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