The Calexico Housing and Economic Development Department works to improve the range and quality of housing in the City through a combination of new construction and rehabilitation with special emphasis on conserving and preserving residential uses in the City. In addition, on January 24, 2012, the City Council affirmed its intent to retain housing assets and the functions previously performed by the dissolved Calexico Community Redevelopment Agency pursuant to Section 3417(a)(1) of the California Health and Safety Code. Staff works to encourage partnerships, cooperation and participation of owners, business persons, developers and public agencies to revitalize and eliminate and prevent the spread of blight and deterioration. This is accomplished by a wide range of programs administered by the Department including.
- First-Time Homebuyer Program. This California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) CalHome grant program offers qualified first-time homebuyers down payment assistance of up to $40,000.
- Mobile Home Rehabilitation and Replacement Program. This manufactured home set aside grant program is administered by the City through the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD). It provides qualified mobile home owners the opportunity to rehabilitate or replace their mobile homes.
- Residential Home Rehabilitation Program. The City uses a variety of federal programs including the HUD Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HUD Home Investment Partnership Program (HOME) and HCD CalHome program. Funding for this program comes from grant and program income. Program income is derived from repayment of current loans to give grants or new loans for homeowners to rehabilitate their dwellings.
- Tenant-Based Rental Assistance Program. The City operates a Tenant-Based Renal Assistance Program that provides qualified persons and families with subsidized rental assistance up to one year.