Tenants' Rights and Fair Housing Counseling

Project Description: This is an ongoing project. Funds are allocated for Tenant’s Rights and Fair Housing Counseling and related outreach for residents in the CDBG service area of the unincorporated areas of Travis County and the Villages of Webberville and San Leanna. Tenant’s Rights services include telephone counseling and in-person mediation, as needed. Fair housing services include fair housing counseling, and fair housing complaint processing and testing in support of an individual complainant. Eviction Intervention is a new component of the project for PY18. Eviction Intervention services will include related outreach, eviction prevention education and individual client support throughout the eviction process including reviewing documents, helping clients prepare for hearings and accompanying clients to hearings and advocating on their behalf as appropriate to help them present their case.

For further information, please contact Austin Tenants Council as follows:

Fair Housing - For an initial phone interview and/or to schedule an appointment call 512-474-7007.
Telephone Counseling - To speak to a housing counselor call 512-474-1961. This line is open Monday thru Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., and Monday thru Thursday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

All Inclusive Park

This project will build an inclusive playground at Southeast Metro Park in Travis County, Texas. An inclusive playground uses universal components to create an area of play that supports the cognitive, physical, sensory, visual, and auditory needs of all children. While the playground will be specifically accessible to children with specialized needs, it will also be available for use to all residents of the area. The project will be implemented by the Travis County Parks Department.

Home Rehabilitation

Project Description: This project funds home repair and weatherization services to low- and moderate-income homeowners in the unincorporated areas of Travis County and the Villages of Webberville and San Leanna. The program seeks to improve the energy efficiency, physical living conditions, accessibility and safety in owner-occupied homes. The program targets households at or below 80 percent of the Median Family Income. A grant* of up $24,999 per home will be provided to each qualified homeowner for needed home repairs. Meals on Wheels Central Texas, Inc. administers the project and provides eligibility determination and construction/repair management for each home.

For further information, please see attached brochure in English and in Spanish, or contact:
Alma Ramos / Intake Specialist / Meals on Wheels Central Texas
Phone: 512-628-8171
homerepair@mealsonwheelscentraltexas.org

*Note that all contracts for homeowners who previously participated in the program when it was a forgivable loan have been automatically converted to a grant.

Austin’s Colony Street Improvements

The sidewalks in this neighborhood were built to pre-ADA standards and have not been accepted by Travis County TNR for road maintenance. The roads in this subdivision are not adequately maintained causing accelerated neighborhood roadway deterioration. This project would include removal and replacement of existing sidewalks, driveways, intersection sidewalk ramps and pavement overlay to achieve ADA compliance, and repair roadway to acceptable standards for maintenance.

STEM Education for Girls

The program serves girls in elementary schools with high number of economically disadvantaged, nonwhite or at risk students. CDBG funding accounts for 46% of the total budget for the program at the identified campuses. The total annual goal for the campuses is to serve 75 low to moderate income individuals of which at least 35 will be CDBG eligible, a number equal to the proportional investment of CDBG funds in the project (46%.) All CDBG eligible individuals will be enrolled in the Federal School Free and Reduced lunch program and reside in the CDBG service area.

Money Management Services and Housing Stability

This program provides services to residents living in the unincorporated areas of Travis County and the Villages of Webberville and San Leanna. Services include intake with a comprehensive needs assessment that includes eligibility, medical and behavioral needs, and housing stability. Referral into Money Management Services includes bill payer services (voluntary assistance with management of accounts and bills) and representative payee services (designated by appropriate governmental agency to receive and manage benefits on behalf of client).

For further information, please contact Family Eldercare as follows:

Program referrals or Information: moneymanagement@familyeldercare.org or contact Claire Rheaume at 512-483-3579 or via email at CRheaume@familyeldercare.org.

Community Development Block Grant

P.O. Box 1748
Austin, TX

Phone: (512) 854-3460

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