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Summer Lunch Program Begins June 5

Amarillo, TX – The 2017 Summer Lunch Program will kick-off on Monday, June 5 at more than 50 sites throughout the City of Amarillo including schools, city parks, and community centers. The Summer Lunch Program provides free lunch meals to any child with no associated cost or registration required at any of these sites and is available to any child under 18 years-of-age in need of a lunchtime meal.

The Summer Lunch Program is administered by the City of Amarillo and is funded through the Texas Department of Agriculture and seeks to meet the needs of the students in Amarillo who qualify for free and reduced lunch during the school year who may experience food insecurity during the summer months when school is out.

Interested persons can call 211 or text FOODTX to 877-877 to find out the serving dates and times at the locations nearest them or visit the City of Amarillo website at http://comdev.amarillo.gov/. For additional information, contact Community Development Director James Allen at (806) 378-3023.

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Demolition and Clearance Assistance

Amarillo, TX – The City of Amarillo’s Community Development department offers financial assistance for demolition and clearance of substandard structures or accumulations of junk and debris to qualified property owners. Funded through a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and offered through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), this program aims to eliminate slum and blight in low-to-moderate income neighborhoods.
Accessory buildings like sheds or garages, residences and commercial buildings which may be fire damaged or deteriorated to an unsafe condition, are eligible for demolition through this program. Property owners must qualify as low-to-moderate income to receive assistance.
Applications are available in the Community Development office in the Simms Municipal Building, 808 S. Buchanan St. To learn more about this program, contact Program Coordinator Summer McCampbell at (806) 378-6276 or [email protected]

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Housing Assistance Program Seeking Rental Property Owners

The City of Amarillo’s Community Development Department is in the process of approving applications for the rental assistance program. The housing assistance waiting list closed in October 2014 but due to policy changes from the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) the city is now able to reopen the waiting list. Recent sign-up events have created approximately 450 applications that are undergoing review for rental assistance program placement.

Community Development is seeking rental property owners interested in partnering with the City in order to meet the need of the housing assistance program by providing quality and affordable living units. In addition to serving program clients, there are many benefits to rental property owners who participate in the Housing Choice Voucher Program.

Interested private property owners with available units to rent should contact Housing Administrator, Kelley Shaw, at (806) 378-4203 for additional information.

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Community Development

The City of Amarillo Community Development Department is funded by federal and state grants to administer a variety of programs to benefit low income citizens. The mission of the programs administered by Community Development is to improve the living environments and economic opportunities of low and very low income neighborhoods and citizens through development of housing opportunities, neighborhood improvements, and public services.

Programs include subsidized Section 8 housing for low-income qualified residents. Interested applicants can apply for housing assistance online under the “Housing” link. Other housing programs offered by the Community Development Department include Emergency Repair grants, Homeowner Rehabilitation, Rental Rehabilitation, and the Homebuyer Assistance Program.

Community Improvement projects include renovations or construction of community centers, parks, sidewalks, or other infrastructure in low-income neighborhoods. The Community Development Department also funds a variety of public service projects in partnership with local non-profit agencies which provide a variety of services ranging from youth programs, senior daycare, meals for elderly and disabled persons, counseling, and homeless services.

The Community Development Department embraces a citizen participation process by which community needs are determined by a committee of citizen representatives. Funding priorities are recommended by a Community Development Advisory Committee which holds regular public hearings to solicit public comment on community needs. Community Development Advisory Committee meetings are advertised under the “Meetings” link and public attendance is encouraged.

Questions regarding the programs administered by the City of Amarillo should be referred to the Community Development Department at (806)378-3098.

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