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The City of Mission is currently accepting applications for the Housing Assistance Program for fiscal year 2013-14. The program, funded through Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) proceeds, offers either reconstruction or rehabilitation of homes of low- to moderate-income residents of the city whose homes are in dire need of repair to meet standard codes.

Joanne Longoria, Community Development director for the city, said $718,000 is available this year for approximately 20 housing assistance projects. The cost of a typical home rehab is $25,000. Such projects can include repairs to electrical, plumbing and roofing systems. Home reconstruction could cost as much as $55,000, depending on the size of the home and program eligibility.

Last year, the City of Mission completed six housing rehabilitation projects and reconstructed an additional 21 homes, with a total budget of $741,699.

The basic eligibility requirements are as follows:

  • Applicant must be a homeowner and must live within Mission city limits.
  • Must have clear title and must have resided in the home for a minimum of three years before applying for assistance.
  • Property taxes must be current.
  • The home must need substantial repair.
  • Applicant must meet federal income requirements (for example, a family of four would qualify if the household income is not more than $40,400 for the Hidalgo County area).

For more information, or to obtain an application, contact the Community Development Department at 580-8670.

The city’s Housing Assistance Program has had continuous growth since its inception, and this fiscal year a little over 80 percent of the city’s CDBG budget of $840,478 is earmarked for housing assistance. City CDGB funding has also financed numerous public service projects.

The City of Mission has received $21.9 million in CDBG funds over the past 21 years. This money is used to provide services for the benefit of low- to moderate-income areas throughout the city and for low- to moderate-income individuals. The city has used these funds for housing assistance, infrastructure and public service agencies.

The city has also provided CDBG funding to several agencies such as Amigos Del Valle, which provides home-delivered meals to homebound seniors; and Dentists Who Care, which provides free dental care to indigent children by way of a mobile dental unit. Other agencies receiving funding include Area Agency on Aging and Children’s Advocacy. In prior years, the program has also provided funding for Women Together, which provides numerous services to battered and abused women and CASA, which provides services to abused children.

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