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Kickoff meetings regarding future housing and community development planning in Mesa
By: Kevin Christopher
03/6/14 10:29 AM

March 5, 2014
Public Information & Communications
Contact: Kevin Christopher
Tel. 480-644-4699
kevin.christopher@mesaaz.gov   
 
Mesa, AZ – Public input is needed to provide guidance for housing planning in the City of Mesa over the next several years.  Two public “kickoff” meetings will be held Wednesday, March 12 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Mesa Main Library, 64 E. First St. 
 
The City of Mesa is preparing the following plans to identify housing and community development priorities as well as impediments to fair housing opportunities and proposed strategies to overcome those impediments: 
 
Five Year Consolidated Plan – The plan, required by HUD to receive formula grant funds such as CDBG, identifies the community’s affordable housing priorities and community development needs.  The plan is implemented through five annual action year plans that allocate grant funds to specific program activities during a particular year.  The new Consolidated Plan will cover five years from July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2020.
 
Annual Action Plan – The plan pertains to funding recommendations for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) programs for the 2015/2016 fiscal year.  Funding from these programs is 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.
 
Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (AI) - As part of HUD requirements, Mesa will submit a certification to the agency that the City will affirmatively further fair housing and administer grants in compliance with Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Fair Housing Act of 1968.
 
Representatives from WFN Consulting will be at the meetings to discuss fair housing issues.  The consultant will help prepare the Five Year Consolidated Plan.  WFN will conduct surveys, coordinate public hearings and get public input on where federal funding should be targeted over those five years.  A Fair Housing Survey is currently available.  You can complete it at www.surveymonkey.com/s/MesaFairHousingSurvey.   
 
For more information, contact Mesa Community Revitalization Coordinator Rob Schweitzer at (480) 644-3024 or rob.schweitzer@mesaaz.gov.  
 
 
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