Program Year 2016

Program Year 2016 - October 1, 2016 Through September 30, 2017

The City of San Marcos receives Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program funds as an "entitlement" community from the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). In Program Year 2016 (Program Year (PY) 2016) which begins October 1, 2016 and ends September 30, 2017, the City has received $525,164.

The following programs and projects were approved to be included in the 2016 program:

  • $114,000 Southside Community Center, owner-occupied housing rehabilitation program
  • $211,114 Street Bernard's Project, owner-occupied flood-damage housing rehab program
  • $105,000 Program Administration
  • $29,810 CASA Child Advocacy Program
  • $25,000 Hays Caldwell Women's Center, Family Violence Shelter program
  • $8,000 Hays Caldwell Women's Center, Transitional Rental Assistance program
  • $10,500 San Marcos Recreation Fee Scholarship program
  • $21,750 San Marcos First Time Homebuyer Down Payment and Closing Cost Loan program
  • $525,164 Total

Action Plan Summary

All projects included in this Action Plan and funded during the past 5 years have met a High Priority Need. The City has complied with its adopted Citizen's Participation Plan during this Action Plan process and last year's end-of-the-year report, the CAPER. There were no substantial amendments during the previous year.

The City's timeliness ratio, which HUD uses as a measure of the City's efficiency, was .77 at the end of last year, which left the City in great position for the new program year. The City has already met and is currently below the statutory timeliness expenditure ratio of 1.5% - quite a bit ahead of the July 29th test date.

Fair Housing Efforts

The City continues to affirmatively further Fair Housing in a variety of ways. On Sunday, April 3rd, the City published information ads in English and Spanish in the body of the San Marcos Daily Record. On April 5th the Mayor issued a Proclamation declaring April to be Fair Housing Month in San Marcos that was presented to City staff, representatives of the San Marcos Public Housing Authority, and local realtors. The City maintains Fair Housing information on their website. An article regarding the Fair Housing rights of families with children was included in the quarterly newsletter, The City Exchange - which is distributed as a utility bill insert. The City conducts Homebuyer Education Programs which includes Fair Housing rights and includes Fair Housing education during its Subrecipient Training.

The City has never exceeded the program limits for public services funding (15%) or for program administration spending (20%). All financial reports have been submitted as required. HUD recently completed a limited monitoring of the City's procurement practices, which did not result in any findings.

Entitlement Community

San Marcos has been an entitlement community for the CDBG grant program since 1994. During the past 21 years, the City has utilized over $13,000,000 in CDBG funds to improve the quality of life, including quality of housing, for its low to moderate-income residents. The City has installed sidewalks, created or upgraded neighborhood parks, supported services provided by local non-profit organizations, improved accessibility to public facilities and individual homes, and built or expanded community centers.