COVID 19, or the Coronavirus

In accordance with Governor Abbott’s “Open Texas” executive order, the City of Baytown will be re-opening public facilities in a phased process. Following CDC guidelines, all City events, programming, and City venue rentals remain cancelled or postponed until further notice. City services will continue to run in a modified format through digital or other distance means. Beginning May 11th, we will begin providing curb side and appointment-only services at our public facilities while avoiding fully opening government facilities to the public. We will continue to keep you updated on our social media channels.

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Programs and Activities

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Primary funding comes from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. Other funding comes from the City of Baytown’s General Fund, CDBG Recovery Act Funds, and Harris County for transportation. The division’s programs and activities are listed below.


Summary of PY19 CDBG Funded Projects

Community Development Housing Programs

This combined program includes the following:

  • Owner-Occupied Housing Rehabilitation – Provides code-compliant repairs and lead-based paint abatement for low-income homeowners, including major rehabilitation, reconstruction, and disabled modifications. Funds will also be used for personnel expenses for program administration.
  • Residential Sewer Line Repair – Provides repair or replacement of decayed private sewer service lines for low–moderate income homeowners.  Defective lines are repaired in an effort to decrease the inflow and infiltration of wastewater into the city’s main water system. 
  • Homebuyers’ Assistance – Funds to provide closing cost, down payment and homebuyer counseling for eligible homebuyers and personnel expenses for program administration.
  • Operation Paintbrush – Provides a fresh coat of paint to eligible homes in the West Baytown area which increases curb appeal in the Neighborhood Improvement Program area.  

Substandard Structures Abatement – Funds for personnel and related expenses to perform code enforcement duties and to demolish or secure dilapidated structures as ordered by the City of Baytown Municipal Court.  Staff also provides substandard assessments in the Neighborhood Improvement Program and construction management for the Operation Paintbrush, Housing Rehabilitation and Residential Sewer Line Repair/Replacement Programs.  

Neighborhood Improvement Program – Funds will be used to increase resident involvement in the West Baytown neighborhood, oversee the demolition of vacant substandard structures, repair the aging housing stock, increase recreation options and improve the general physical appearance of the area.  Funds will also be used for personnel expenses.  

Baytown Police Department Domestic Violence & Special Victims Unit – Funds to provide emergency hotel accommodations for Baytown residents that are victims of domestic/sexual violence when neighboring shelters are unable to accommodate them.  

Love Network of Baytown – Funds will be used to purchase equipment/supplies for volunteers to build handicap ramps for senior/disabled residents.  

Community Development Transportation Program – Funds for Baytown Resource and Assistance Center to partner with the Harris County Transit/Harris County Rides to provide victims of domestic violence/sexual assault, elderly and disabled citizens with transportation service.  A portion of the funding will also be used for program administration (personnel expenses).  

Baytown Resource & Assistance Center – Funds to assist low-income children and teens with vouchers to purchase new shoes for the school year.  

Baytown Evening Optimist – Funds to assist with registration fees for low-moderate income youth to participate in an organized sports program.  

Bay Area Homeless Services – Funds to allow homeless children to receive childcare services at a licensed daycare; this will allow their parents to work, attend school or search for gainful employment.    

CDBG Program Administration – Funds to provide for the general management of CDBG-funded projects to ensure compliance with local, state and federal regulations. Administration also prepares HUD-required reports, develops program budgets and manages financial information through HUD's Integrated Disbursement System. Finally, Program Administration is directly involved with seeking out alternate funding sources in order to supplement the limited CDBG funds. 

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