This office serves as administrator of the City of Jackson’s Community Development Program and the Consolidated Plan. The City of Jackson is an entitlement city and receives funding through the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. These funds are in the form of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and the HOME Investment Partnerships. The Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) has been changed to the Emergency Solutions Grant as part of the HEARTH Act. Other HUD programs are funded separately to local non-profit agencies and/or directly to the Jackson Housing Authority to include Housing Opportunities for Persons with HIV/AIDS (HOPWA), Resident Opportunities Self-Sufficiency (ROSS), Continuum of Care and other programs that meet the community’s needs. The funds are combined with several local funding sources and private funds to support housing and community initiatives.

The Community Development Focus Groups, JHA Board of Commissioners, Mayor and the City Council gave highest priority to the activities that result in strategies for the development of affordable homeownership and rental housing opportunities as well as redevelopment related services and programs. The City of Jackson along with the Jackson Housing Authority in coordination with private, public, and non-profit housing and economic developers have made significant contributions and commitment to the redevelopment of the Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Area (NRSA) which suffered from neglect and decline over the years, and was further devastated by tornadoes in May 2003. Due to this great need for affordable housing, development of infrastructure and economic development, a considerable portion of the CDBG and HOME funding allocations are directed to redevelopment issues. City wide and other community development needs have been addressed by the Annual Action Plan and Five-Year Consolidated Plan.

Continuum of Care