Community Development Department

The Community Development Department works to further the City’s strategic goals and is comprised of the Grants Administration and Homeless Prevention Offices. Broadly, the Grants Administration Office is responsible for seeking, securing and managing grants and the Homeless Prevention Office provides direct services and referrals to individuals experiencing homelessness and other hardships. The Department furthers these initiatives through community outreach and coordination of community programs including the Summer Youth Enhancement Project and the Mayor’s Small Business Conference.  The office also manages greenspace improvement including Bryant Commons and Irene B. Thomas Park.

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​2019-2023 Consolidated Plan

Every five-years, the Community Development Department completes a Consolidated Plan for federal funding from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). A Public Notice is hereby given that the Public Comment Period is April 30-May 31, 2019. Click here to review the draft 2019-2023 Consolidated Plan or here to view a presentation of highlights.


  • Donita Gaulden - Director
  • Taylor Butler - Administrative Assistant

Grants Administration Office ​

  • Jasmine Fields - Grants Administrator
  • Teanesa Fabain - Grants Specialist II
  • MaryBeth Deiters - Grants Specialist I

Homeless Prevention Program Office

  • Kristin Bryant - Assistant Director
  • Randy Lopez - Case Manager
  • Lisa Waye - Program Assistant