What is the Fort Bend County Community Development Department?
The Fort Bend County Community Development Department was created in 1992 by the Fort Bend County Commissioners Court to administer the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program and other federal housing programs for the County. Since that time, the Community Development Department’s scope has been expanded to include the administration of several other programs.
In 1994, Fort Bend County was designated a participating jurisdiction (PJ), and therefore became eligible to receive a grant directly from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through the HOME Investment Partnerships Program. In 1995, Fort Bend County became eligible to receive a grant through the Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) Program which is now Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Program. Fort Bend County is part of the Houston Eligible Metropolitan Area (EMA) for the Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS Program (HOPWA).
Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires a Consolidated Plan, a single submission for the planning and application aspects of the CDBG, HOME, ESG and HOPWA formula programs. The consolidated submission also consolidates the reporting requirements for HUD programs, replacing five general performance reports with one performance report, the Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER).
The Service area for the Consolidated Plan includes the unincorporated areas of the County and the incorporated areas of Arcola, Beasley, Fairchilds, Fulshear, Kendleton, Meadows Place, Needville, Orchard, Pleak, Richmond, Rosenberg, Simonton, Stafford, Sugar Land, and Thompsons. The County’s service area does not include the cities of Houston, Katy, Missouri City and Weston Lakes.