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Community Development
Services & Responsibilities
The Community Development Department is committed to improving the community by providing decent, affordable housing, a suitable living environment, and expanding economic opportunities, principally for those persons of low to moderate income.

Responsibilities
  • Managing the Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG)
  • Promoting economic opportunities for the residents of the City of Gadsden
  • Coordinating activities and education relating to Fair Housing Act
  • Enforcing the City of Gadsden’s Nuisance Abatement Ordinance (Grass and Weed)

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program
The CDBG program is an important tool for allowing the City of Gadsden to tackle serious challenges facing the community and providing the means to improve the quality of life. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awards CDBG to entitlement communities to carry out a wide range of activities directed toward revitalizing neighborhoods, providing decent affordable housing, providing improved community facilities and services, and economic development. Activities must meet one of three national objectives:
  • Benefiting low to moderate income persons
  • Elimination of slum or blight
  • Meet an urgent community need

Housing Assistance Programs
  • Emergency Housing Repairs - The program will loan up to $5,000 ($7,500 in rare cases) for emergency repairs to qualified homeowners. The term of the loan is five years and 0% interest.
  • Elderly Initiative Housing Assistance - The same assistance as the Emergency Housing Repair program is offered. If the homeowner is 62 years of age or older, the loan is deferred if the homeowner remains in the home for five years following the repairs.
  • Elderly Initiative Paint Program - The program provides up to $500 in supplies for the painting of the exterior of the home provided the homeowner is 62 years of age or older.

Nuisance Abatement Ordinance / Grass & Weed
It is the duty of the owner of any real property located within the city to maintain any grass or weeds growing upon said property in such a manner as not to constitute a nuisance (12 inches in height). Failure to comply after receiving written notice may result in being billed for grass cutting and possible lien, if charges are not paid.

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Contact Us
Becky Henson
Community Development Planner
Email

Ph: (256) 549-4532
Fx: (256) 549-4689
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