The “Coming Home” program was started by the city in 2018. It is a first of its kind program in Amarillo and models the evidence-based practice of “Housing First,” created by Dr. Sam Tsemberis. The goal of “Coming Home” is to help those who are chronically homeless and have complex needs. The program provides housing and intensive case management in a person’s home.
Public Housing Authority
Clients receiving assistance on the Housing Choice Voucher program
of these clients are veterans being helped through the Veterans Administration Supportive Housing (VASH) program (5 families pending)
When we closed our COA 2020 waiting list on Oct 11, we had received 793 pre-applications for new families in need of our assistance.
CDBG provides assistance/funding to citizens in the community and to nonprofit agencies throughout the City and ensures the quality of Slum/Blight needs. Due to the impact of COVID-19 CDBG also provides temporary rental, mortgage, or utility assistance and relief to small business owners who show a direct impact by Covid-19.
CDBG maintains the following
- Emergency Repair & Minor Repair Programs
Assist Low-Income Homeowners with repairs to their homes, for the fiscal year 19/20 we have served over 100 projects.
- Demolition & Clearance and Code Inspector
Ensures safety, and sanitation of our neighborhoods and City over 15 major demolitions projects of both commercial and residential properties have been completed and over 8,000 inspections through our code inspector have been conducted.
- Public Services
Assist local nonprofit agencies with funding to provide a multitude of services and goods for the community like; food pantries, child care assistance, homeless prevention. We have served over 1,480 unduplicated persons.
- Emergency Living Assistance
To date has processed a total of 97 Applicants and has paid over $116,000 in either Rent, Mortgage, or Utility assistance on behalf of citizens who have been proven to be directly impacted by Covid-19.