To help community members meet property maintenance standards, the city has created the Helping Occupants Prosper Everyday (HOPE) Community Revitalization Program. This economic development program is in partnership with local non-profit Christmas in Action (CIA).
This program allows Christmas in Action to do what they do best: helping Cleburne residents keep their homes in healthy and safe conditions. Through this program, residents who are unable to meet city property maintenance codes—either financially or physically—are eligible to receive services from Christmas in Action volunteers.
There are numerous owner-occupied houses in Cleburne exhibiting various stages of decline. This decline has a major impact on the deterioration of the real estate property tax base throughout the city. The HOPE program will address the redevelopment of existing housing stock in the City and promote development within the City as a whole.
The city will contribute $50,000 annually to allow Christmas in Action to organize volunteer groups, churches, community leaders, and local businesses to participate in the renovation, clean-up, and maintenance of homes. CIA has led this effort in Cleburne since 1999.