Policies have been established to assist housing providers with acquiring tax forfeited property from the State of Mississippi. Traditionally, the cost is set by the State of Mississippi Public Land Division and the property is sold through the Secretary of State Office. While the City does not maintain a land bank of property. The City of Jackson does on occasions acquire property donated or conveyed by non-governmental agencies or State and Federal governmental agencies. For a property to be conveyed or disposed of, the parcel of land must be declared surplus by the City of Jackson's Surplus Property Committee. Any organization or individual looking to obtain property from the City of Jackson must obtain approval from the Surplus Property Committee after their application is submitted with the necessary documentations, no property will be sold, conveyed or disposed of until it is declared surplus property. Please be aware the Surplus Property Application might require development plans that include financial data, site plans, conceptual drawings and sketches relative to the proposed construction or infill development.
Every year, property within the City is forfeited to the State of Mississippi for non-payment of property taxes. The Secretary of State maintains a list of such properties and can be reached by calling601-359-1350.
The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is administered at the federal level by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, which makes funds available to local governments. The City of Jackson became an entitlement community and started receiving funds.
The Development Assistance Division of the Office of Housing and Community Development administers the City's CDBG program. The Division is responsible for ensuring the funds are used to improve the living environment, quality of life and housing opportunities for low and moderate-income citizens.
Other CDBG projects are carried out through partnerships with local business and non-profit service providers. Since the City became a CDBG entitlement community, the City and its partners are using CDBG funds for roadway paving and paying paving assessments, for housing rehabilitation, to provide prescription assistance, to improve community centers, sidewalks and parks, and to construct ADA-accessible restrooms and entrances in public buildings.
The programs are intended to assist low and moderate income neighborhoods improve their quality of life and is community-driven. Each year interested community groups may apply for grants to construct or improve neighborhood facilities. At the same time, the City assists the successful and not-so-successful applicants to build capacity, to access other resources to meet their particular needs, and serves as a liaison with other agencies.
Every five years, all CDBG grantees are required to prepare a Consolidated Plan outlining strategies for use of CDBG funds over the next five years. Additionally, each year during the planning period, grantees must draft a One-Year Action Plan explaining how the jurisdiction intends to implement that year’s increment of the Consolidated Plan. At the end of each fiscal year, grantees are required to compile a Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report(CAPER) describing the jurisdiction’s progress in carrying out the Action Plan covering the reporting period.