The City of Biloxi is designated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as an entitlement community under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program, which means it receives an annual allocation of funds to support community development and housing activities that primarily benefit low- to moderate-income individuals. During Program Year 2014, the City received a CDBG allocation of $415,068 and anticipates receiving CDBG Program Income in the amount of $165,417. Previously allocated, but unexpended 2013 Program Year funds of $92,481 will be reprogrammed to bring total CDBG funds available for Program Year 2014 to $672,966.
The City has budgeted $257,187 of its 2014 CDBG Program Year funds to serve North Biloxi residents living in a 61.7/67.7% low- to moderate-income area by completing preliminary work required to extend the City water system along Hudson-Krohn Road, which includes engineering design and completion of an environmental assessment. This area of the City currently is not served by the City’s water and sewer systems.
In addition, 2014 CDBG entitlement funds in the amount of $340,779 will be used to fund the Petit Bois Drainage, Phase II Project to serve West Biloxi residents. In addition to conducting an environmental assessment, Program Year 2014 CDBG funds will be used to replace storm water drain pipes in the Rue Palafox area, to serve a 58.4% low- to moderate-income neighborhood of single- and multi-family residences.
The City of Biloxi is not a formula entitlement recipient under HUD’s HOME Program, but it receives an annual allocation of HOME funds for participating in the Harrison County HOME Consortium, which in Program Year 2014 was an allocation of $114,690. Biloxi budgets its HOME funds to support local affordable housing initiatives, including its Down Payment Assistance Program to support home ownership opportunities for qualifying low- to moderate-income citizens.
Biloxi is in the process of amending its 2014 Program Year Action Plan to reallocate a portion of its HOME funds to address homelessness through the construction of new rental housing units for qualifying homeless veterans and through a rental assistance program that gives priority to homeless families with children. A public hearing to receive comments regarding the proposed amendment is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on September 10, 2014; more information about the hearing is provided through the link below.
The City of Biloxi affirmatively furthers fair housing by conducting an analysis of impediments to fair housing choice within its municipal boundaries, taking appropriate actions to overcome the effects of any impediments identified through that analysis, and maintaining records reflecting the analysis and actions in this regard. Currently, the City is in the process of updating its 2007 Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice, as further detailed in the link below.
Those individuals who wish to participate in the development and/or amendment of Biloxi’s CDBG or HOME Programs or development of the 2014 Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice, but who may be hindered by disabilities or who are non-English speaking, are asked to notify the City at least 72 hours prior to a scheduled public hearing so that special arrangements can be made. Please contact the Federal Programs Division at the Biloxi Community Development Department by calling 228-435-6275 for assistance in this regard.