In keeping with our mission statement, our goal is to help housing-assisted families achieve economic independence. To assist in that goal, GHA administers the Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program. FSS was designed for those clients that have no desire to remain on assistance indefinitely.
Clients are asked to set personal goals and sign a contract to achieve these goals within five years.
FSS participant must seek and maintain employment for the duration of the contract.
GHA provides assistance in obtaining health screening and immunization, employment, business, social and survival skill training necessary to achieve self-sufficiency.
GHA has fostered a strong relationship with Eastfield and Richland College for education opportunities.
As the client's economic conditions improve, the rental assistance decreases. GHA creates and maintains an escrow account using the funds accumulated from the difference in rental costs. At the completion of the program and achievement of personal goals, these monies are available to the client and are generally used for down payments on home purchases.
The City of Garland is legally required to have and maintain a comprehensive plan. Garland's first comprehensive plan was developed in the 1960s. The most recent plan was initially developed in the 1980s and has been periodically updated. Envision Garland is the next comprehensive plan that addresses the community's future through 2030.
The Envision Garland plan does not impact current zoning regulations or property usage. A comprehensive plan is a written document identifying goals, policies, and strategies for the growth and development of a community. The plan reflects the community's vision for its future and provides a guide for making future decisions.
Garland citizens and the City of Garland have been working together on Envision Garland for over two years. Several hundred Garland stakeholders have participated in the formulation of Envision Garland. Their hopes and vision for our community's future have been sought by the City through surveys, community workshops, and other public outreach activities. Local Garland stakeholder input and vision is the foundation of Envision Garland, and that public support has been invaluable.
In November 2010, we hosted a series of open house events to showcase the preliminary concepts for neighborhoods, activity centers, and employment districts in the future. The presentation materials from these events can be found inthe Document Library.
The Plan Commission has hosted a series of public hearings on Envision Garland to discuss the draft comprehensive plan, which can also be found in the Document Library. These public hearings were televised on CGTV and can now be viewed on CGTV's Streaming Video website. Future public hearings will be advertised and posted as they are scheduled.