A division of the Planning Department, the Community Development mission is three-fold; stabilization of lower income neighborhoods, economic empowerment of lower income persons and/or of persons living in lower income neighborhoods, and providing assistance to the special needs population in our community.
As part of our ongoing effort to build an inclusive community, we work to ensure that fair and affordable housing options are available to everyone. The City of Huntsville offers a number of programs for current and prospective homeowners, including:
- Rehabilitation of Owner-Occupied homes through our Deferred Home Maintenance Repair Program and World Changers/Community Changers
- First time home buyers program
- Infrastructure – Construction of sewer, drainage, street and sidewalks in qualifying neighborhoods
In order to help build more inclusive communities and stable neighborhoods, Community Development offers several programs to assist first-time home buyers achieve their dreams of homeownership by providing quality housing at a reasonable price.
Construction and rehabilitation of neighborhood parks and other community facilities in qualifying neighborhoods.
Enforcement of City ordinances related to unsafe buildings, substandard housing, junk and litter, tall grass and weeds, inoperative motor vehicles on right of way, abatement of public nuisances, graffiti, fences and swimming pools.
Grants and loans to projects which increase the economic well being of lower income residents and residents of lower income neighborhoods.
Grants and loans to support projects which benefit population groups identified as having special needs.