The Department of Housing and Economic Development is entirely funded by State and Federal grants and receives no funding from the General Fund. Funding for department administrative and program costs comes from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG), U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development HOME.
- U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program Special Revenue Fund. The Federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program is administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (CDBG) to achieve “national objectives” that include (1) assisting low and moderate income people, (2) eliminating urban blight or (3) meeting urgent needs. Calexico is not an “entitled” City and must compete State-wide each year for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds. The Federal Omnibus Reconciliation Act of 1981 provides for State of California administration of the Federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Non-Entitlement Program. These regulations set forth the policies and procedures governing the State’s management and use of these funds. In addition to these requirements, program participants must comply with Federal regulations contained in Title 24 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 570, Subpart I. In the event Congress or the State Legislature add or amend any requirements concerning the use of management of these funds, grantees must comply with such requirements.
- U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Home Investment Partnership Act (HOME) Special Revenue Fund. The HOME Investment Partnership Act grant program is administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The City obtains the funds by making an application to the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD). HOME funds may be used for housing rehabilitation, new construction and acquisition and rehabilitation of single-family and multi-family projects. The City uses the HOME grant as one of its funding sources for its First-Time Home Buyer Program and Housing Rehabilitation Program.
The Calexico First-Time Home Buyer Program Down Payment Assistance Program is designed to provide assistance to eligible homebuyers in purchasing homes located within the City limits. The program provides this assistance in the form of deferred payment loans as “gap” financing toward the purchase price and closing costs of affordable housing units that will be occupied by homebuyers.
The City of Calexico HOME Housing Rehabilitation Program is designed to improve the housing of low and moderate income persons in a manner that addresses health and safety concerns, conserves the existing housing stock and contributes to neighborhood revitalization and preservation. To fulfill this objective, financial rehabilitation assistance is offered throughout the City to Targeted Income Group (TIG) persons.
- California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) CalHome Grant Program Special Revenue Fund. This program operates under the authority of California Proposition 1C and the Housing and Emergency Shelter Trust Fund Act of 2006. CalHome provides grants to public agencies or nonprofit corporations for first-time homebuyer down payment assistance; home rehabilitation, including manufactured homes not on permanent foundations; home buyer counseling, self-help mortgage assistance programs or technical assistance for self-help home ownership.
Calhome also provides funds for loans for real property acquisition, site development, predevelopment activities, construction expenses of homeownership, development projects, or permanent financing for mutual housing and cooperative developments. Project loans to developers may be forgiven as developers make deferred payment loans to individual homeowners.
- California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) State Rehabilitation and Repair Program (SRRP) Special Revenue Fund. This program provides State grants and loans for the rehabilitation and repair of single-family and multi-family homes. Funds can be used for electrical, plumbing, heating and air conditioning, roof repairs or other renovations and repairs for low and moderate income families.
- California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) Housing Enabled by Local Partnership Program (HELP) Special Revenue Fund. The HELP program provides a 3.5 percent interest rate loans that are deferred up to 10 years to local government housing agencies to assist them in meeting their unmet affordable housing needs and priorities in serving very-low to moderate-income households. Multifamily housing activities approved for funding under the program include rehabilitation and code enforcement programs, and revolving loan programs to assist with site acquisition, predevelopment and construction of projects or financing to support the development of a specific project. This program provides funds for shelters, special housing needs that include group homes.
Sustainable Communities Planning Grant. The California Strategic Growth Council awarded the City of Calexico a $259,700 Sustainable Communities Planning Grant. All awards are funded through voter-approved Proposition 84 bond allocations. In 2006, California voters passed Proposition 84, the Safe Drinking Water, Water Quality and Supply, Flood Control, River and Coastal Protection Bond Act, which authorized the State Legislature to appropriate funds to support urban greening projects and sustainable community planning. The Sustainable Communities Planning Grants fund climate action plans, infill development plans, sustainable community strategies, and other planning efforts, all specifically aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) consistent with State’s climate goals.