Consolidated Plan Survey

The City of Pharr receives funds each year from the federal government to invest in low- and moderate-income (LMI)* communities. The consolidated plan is created every five years and assists the City of Pharr to determine community needs. The planning process to create the Consolidated Plan serves as the framework for a community-wide dialogue to identify housing, economic, and community development priorities. In order to be considered, please have responses in by June 7, 2019. After June 7th, we may not be able to consider your response. Your participation is anonymous.

The survey will close on June 7, 2019.

*Low- and moderate- income (LMI) refers Individuals and families with incomes below 30%, 50%, and 80% of the median income.

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* 1. Please indicate your employment status:

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* 2. If you represent an organization, how would you best describe the organization you represent?

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* Economic Development

Investment in economic development revitalizes communities and promotes economic opportunity to residents. CDBG funds can cover a wide variety of economic development activities including business incubators, loans for businesses, microenterprise assistance activities (business with 5 or fewer employees), and job creation; ultimately generating income to residents.  

Please rank the top three (3) of the most critical economic development needs.

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Microenterprise programs (assists low- and moderate-income (LMI) residents to launch new microbusinesses – businesses with 5 employees or less -- or expand existing ones, for example, through technical assistance)
One-on-one business counseling / training for small business entrepreneurs
Small business incubator for LMI communities (organizations that promote the growth and success of startup and early stage companies)
Low-interest loan capital for small businesses and/or microenterprises
Grants for small businesses
Storefront improvement programs
Job creation

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* Public Facilities and Infrastructure

Investing in public facilities and infrastructure is intended to benefit LMI residents by making it easier to navigate LMI neighborhoods. Public facility improvements can include City-owned facilities such as recreation centers, community centers, libraries, parks, streetlights, and sidewalk improvements. 

Please rank the top three (3) critical public facility and infrastructure needs.

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Accessibility for persons with disabilities
Health/medical clinic service expansion
Accessibility and safety improvements to community centers
Energy retrofits
Street lighting installation/retrofitting
Public parks
Libraries
Sidewalks
Recreation and community centers
Senior centers
Nonprofit facility improvements
Removing lead-based paint hazards

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* Housing

Investment in housing programs and services increases the opportunity for LMI households to rent or own safe and affordable housing in their communities.  The rehabilitation of affordable housing units and providing rental assistance are some examples of activities that the City has previously engaged in.

1. Please rank the top three (3) most critical housing needs.

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Rehabilitation of single-family homes owned and occupied by LMI households
Rehabilitation of affordable apartments (multi-family housing)
Construction of new affordable multifamily rental units
Rehabilitation of existing multifamily rental units and ensuring those units are affordable to LMI households
Installation of energy and/or water efficiency home improvements for single-family homes owned and occupied by LMI households
First-time homebuyer education
Home improvement for seniors (62+)
Down payment/ closing cost assistance for first time home-buyers
Fair Housing services (assistance to individuals experiencing discrimination based upon a race, color, religion, national origin, gender, familial status, disability)

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* 2. Over the last five years, how have affordable housing needs (other than needs of persons who are homeless) changed?

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* 3. On a scale of 1 to 10, how knowledgeable do you believe the residents of your community are about Fair Housing rights and laws (10 being most knowledgeable)?

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* 4. On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you describe each of the following barriers to access affordable housing: (10 being most challenging)?

NIMBYism (Not In My Back Yard)

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* Land costs

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* Construction costs

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* Labor (costs and/or availability)

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* Land use

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* Zoning

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* Lending and credit counseling

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* Housing options

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* Regional collaboration

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* Affordability

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* Waiting lists

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* 5. Of those barriers listed in Question #4, which are the top three barriers that limit housing opportunities?

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* 6. Please include suggestions you have for improving knowledge about Fair Housing and removing barriers to housing opportunities.

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* Homelessness

Investing in social services and supports for people experiencing homelessness or housing crises, as well as investing in long- and short-term housing, alleviates and prevents homelessness in the community. Examples of this type of investment include providing shelter and services such as case management.

Please select rank the top five (5) of the most critical Homelessness needs.

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Acquisition of facilities to serve people experiencing homelessness
Rehabilitation or expansion of facilities to serve people experiencing homelessness
Emergency/ overnight shelter (short term housing and supportive services)
Day center (services without overnight lodging)
Compassionate enforcement
Connecting individuals to services (outreach)
Transitional housing and case management
Workforce and employment services specifically dedicated to individual’s experience homelessness
Transportation assistance
Homeless Navigation Center operations (centralized resources)
Financial assistance / rapid re-housing (short term rent and utilities assistance)
Case management (to assist individuals/families attain permanent housing)
Construction of permanent supportive housing units
Financial literacy
Storage facilities/ lockers
Homelessness diversion services (connects people experiencing homelessness with housing arrangements, financial assistance, etc. to avoid entering shelter)
Homelessness prevention services
Public Benefits
Shelter for domestic violence survivors
Substance abuse programs
HIV/AIDS services
Mental health services
Landlord engagement and contingency funds

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* Over the last five years, how have homelessness needs changed?

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* Community Development and Public Services

Investment in community services and facilities that serve vulnerable populations create new opportunities for these residents. Examples include employment training programs and meal services for youth, seniors, people with disabilities and other underserved groups.

Please rank the top three (3) of the most critical community development needs.

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Improvements to or expansion of facilities owned and/or operated by nonprofit organizations serving vulnerable populations
Financial education programs
Nutritional programs for seniors
Nutritional programs for individuals with disabilities
Youth college preparation programs
Employment re-entry services (for individuals recently released from incarceration)
Employment and workforce development programs
Job readiness training
Youth workforce development programs
Other youth supportive services
Victims of domestic violence programs
Supportive services for persons living with HIV/AIDS
Trade certificate programs
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