Public hearing for federal community development projects
By: Kevin Christopher
10/23/13 10:12 AM
Oct. 23, 2013
Public Information & Communications
Contact: Kevin Christopher
Mesa, AZ – The first public hearing regarding potential community development projects for the upcoming 2014/2015 fiscal year in the City of Mesa will be held Wednesday, Oct. 30 at 8 a.m. at Mesa City Plaza, 20 E. Main St. The hearing, conducted by the City Housing and Community Development Department, will pertain to federal Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) and HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) projects as well as Human Services funding. The expected amount of eligible funds for these programs will be discussed as well as the range of activities that may be undertaken concerning these programs.
At this public hearing, staff will collect views from citizens, non-profit agencies, neighborhood associations, residents of assisted housing and other interested parties on housing, homeless, community development and economic development needs to be undertaken with federal funds. The public hearing process allows residents to actively participate in the priority setting process by providing feedback regarding the City of Mesa’s potential projects for its Annual Action Plan.
Funding for the federal programs is provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and used for housing and community development activities that primarily benefit low- and moderate-income residents and assist in the prevention or elimination of slum or blighting influences.
Funding for the Human Services programs comes from the City’s General Fund and the ABC: A Better Community program consisting of donations from the general public made through their utility bill payments. These funds support programs and services that directly impact community safety services and encourage independence and self-sufficiency so that residents can fully realize economic and social opportunities.
Funding recommendations will be made during a series of public meetings in early January. For a complete Community Revitalization funding schedule for the 2014-2015 fiscal year, visit http://www.mesaaz.gov/housing
and click on the “funding schedule” link.
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