The Department of Community Development helps the city to implement its comprehensive planning program. Through its various adopted plans, the city has identified large general goals to guide the orderly development and maintenance of the city. The Department of Community Development, through the consolidated strategy and action plan, sets more specific goals within the larger context and provides for the funding and action needed to achieve those goals. The funding is available for projects that will help achieve national objectives as determined by Congress for the use of Community Development Block Grant funds. The department is primarily funded by a Community Development Block Grant and receives some city funds.
A large portion of the funding for this department received goes to replace substandard streets, drainage, street lighting, sewer and water lines, and park and recreation facilities in areas that have low to moderate income populations.
Below is a list of some programs and requirements:
Emergency Housing Rehabilitation
To qualify for emergency rehabilitation, the condition of a home must pose an immediate and extreme threat to life, health, safety, or one in which at any moment lives may be in jeopardy because of a code violation.
The applicant must qualify by meeting the following basic requirements:
- Must reside within the city limits of Bossier City.
- Must own the home and not own any other property.
- Must have owned the home for at lease one (1) year.
- Must meet certain income and mortgage guidelines set by HUD.
- Cannot have over $7,500 in any bank/financial institution.
- Home must be clean and orderly prior to work beginning.
- Contractor must have complete access to the home, inside and out during normal working hours (7 am to 6 pm).
Emergency Shelter Grant
Sub grants are available only to 501c(3) non-profits not individuals. Requests for proposals are requested each spring from qualified sub-recipients.
Eligible activities are as follows:
- Renovation, rehab, and conversion of buildings for use as emergency shelters or transitional housing for the homeless.
- Essential services.
- Operating costs such as maintenance, insurance, rent, etc.
- Homeless prevention.
Micro-Loans for Business Development
This micro-loan program is designed to lend up to $15,000 to a low-to-moderate income person who desires to start a small business or and low to moderate individual who requires additional capital to increase the growth of their business. Funding from this program may be used to finance purchases of equipment, inventory and supplies or for physical expansion of a business operation. The business must benefit low-to-moderate income persons by creating or retaining jobs or services to a predominately low-income neighborhood. The loan is available only to low-to-moderate income persons.
- Loan amount is $5,000 to $15,000.
- Terms 36 - 180 months amortization at 6% interest.
- Required to create jobs for low-income persons, which must be documented each year for the term of the loan.
- Acquisition of fixed assets & working capital loans not to exceed 50% of the loan.
- Fixed assets including acquisition of necessary equipment for the business.
- Renovation of existing facilities to accommodate the proposed business or business expansion.
- Construction/renovation is subject to Federal Labor Standards & Historic Preservation requirements.
- Speculative activity, i.e. - developers, real estate investments, etc.
Public Service Grants
This program provides funding to community based, not-for-profit organizations that implement programs and/or projects addressing priority housing, non-housing, homeless/special needs, or human services. Only organizations with non-profit status, 501(c) (3), and/or are certified Community Housing Development Corporations (CHDC) are eligible to receive funding. Requests for proposals are requested each July for the next year's program funding.
- The service must benefit low-to-moderate income persons.
- Examples of activities include, but ARE NOT LIMITED TO: child care, educational programs, services for senior citizens, job training, health care, fair housing activities, drug abuse counseling and treatment, youth programs for low to moderate income persons.
- Must be in operation for at least one (1) year.
- Duplication of city wide programs already in existence.
Single Family Housing Rehabilitation
The level of funds available is $1,000 to $24,999 per unit. Applications are only taken in January of each year.
To qualify for the housing rehabilitation program the following basic requirements MUST BE MET:
- Reside in the city limits of Bossier City.
- Own the home and not own any other property.
- Have owned and occupied the home for at least one (1) year.
- Meet certain income & mortgage guidelines set forth by HUD.
- May not have over $7,500 in any bank or financial institution.
- Home must be clean & orderly PRIOR to the start of the project.
- If any of the surfaces to be worked on are found to contain lead, all residents may be relocated during the rehab process.
- Contractor must have complete access to the home, inside and out.
- Income does not exceed eighty percent (80%) of the median income for the MSA area based on family size.
- Must own the property and have true title.
- Applicant(s) are eligible for one (1) full rehab after a 10-year period.
- Any single-family dwelling unit occupied for one (1) year as a principal residence by the owner & family, including a dwelling that is a duplex unit, in which the one (1) unit of the dwelling is an eligible property.
- The property value after rehab must not exceed the current 203 (b) mortgage limit for the area/type of property being assisted.
- Mobile homes or buildings that contain two (2) or more rental units.