The City of Gainesville Housing & Community Development Division (HCD) is hosting a series of public meetings to solicit input on the 2018-2022 Five Year Consolidated Plan and 2018-2019 Annual Action Plan. The Consolidated Plan is a five-year plan that provides direction on how the City of Gainesville will spend Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) funds received from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Housing and Community Development Division will host three public workshops to ask residents how they would like to see the CDBG and HOME money spent to improve eligible neighborhoods and provide critical community services to eligible residents.
The dates and locations of the public meetings are as follows:
- Tuesday, April 17, from 6:30-8 p.m. - Senior Recreation Center, 5701 NW 34th Blvd.
- Wednesday, April 18, from 6:30-8 p.m. - Thelma Boltin Center, 516 NE Second Ave.
- Thursday, April 19, from 6:30-8 p.m. - Westside Recreation Center, 1001 NW 34th St.
Previous projects and programs funded through these sources include senior nutrition programs (e.g., Eldercare), youth programs (e.g., Boys and Girls Club), homeless services (e.g., Helping Hands Clinic), housing rehabilitation programs, down payment assistance programs and public infrastructure and facilities (e.g., parks and transportation).
The CDBG Program provides annual grants on a formula basis to states, cities and counties to develop viable urban communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment, and by expanding economic opportunities, principally for low- and moderate-income persons. The program is authorized under Title 1 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, Public Law 93-383, as amended 42 U.S.C.-530.1 et seq. CDBG Program funds may be used for activities such as, acquisition, disposition, public facilities and improvements, public services and housing services.
The HOME Program provides formula grants to states and localities that communities use—often in partnership with local nonprofit groups—to fund a wide range of activities including building, buying, and/or rehabilitating affordable housing for rent or homeownership or providing direct rental assistance to low-income persons. HOME Program funds may be used for activities such as, homeowner rehabilitation, new construction and homebuyer assistance.
The public meetings are opportunities for residents to provide their input, suggestions and ideas to develop the draft plans. At the public meetings, the City of Gainesville will obtain views from residents, non-profit agencies, neighborhood associations, residents of public and assisted housing, stakeholders, advocates, health care providers and other interested parties on housing, homelessness, community development and economic development needs to be undertaken with federal funds under the CDBG and HOME programs.
A public hearing will be scheduled in June 2018, to present the draft 2018-2022 Consolidated Plan and 2018-2019 Annual Action Plan. A notice for the public hearing will be advertised at a later date.
For more information, please contact John Wachtel at 352-393-8565 or firstname.lastname@example.org.