City of Mesa News Article
Public comment period begins for proposed HUD Annual Action Plan
By: Kevin Christopher
03/10/14 3:45 PM

March 10, 2014
Public Information & Communications
Contact: Kevin Christopher
Tel. 480-644-4699  
Mesa, AZ – A 30-day public comment period is underway for the City of Mesa’s proposed Fiscal Year 2014/2015 Annual Action Plan regarding funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  The plan contains the City’s short-term goals and strategies, including specific activities recommended for funding under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) programs.  The funds are 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.
The City anticipates the following allocations for FY 14/15:

        CDBG            $3,006,206
        HOME            $   862,181
        ESG               $   220,137
                  Total:   $4,088,524
The City will receive a notice of funding allocation from HUD March 31.
A public hearing to review the proposed Annual Action Plan will be held by the Mesa Housing and Community Development Advisory Board Thursday, April 3 at 6 p.m. in the Lower Level Council Chambers, 57 E. First St. This will provide an opportunity for residents to comment in person regarding the plan.
The public comment period will end Thursday, April 10.  Written comments should be submitted to:  The City of Mesa, Housing and Revitalization Division, Attn:  Rob Schweitzer, Community Revitalization Coordinator, P.O. Box 1466, Mesa, AZ 85211-1466; or, by email to  A printed copy of the plan is available at the Housing and Revitalization Division, 20 E. Main St., Suite 250, in Mesa.  An electronic copy is available at   
City Council is expected to approve the HUD Annual Action Plan at its April 21 meeting and submit the plan to HUD by May 15.
The City of Mesa has participated in the CDBG program for 39 years, the ESG program for 26 years and the HOME program for 22 years.  During this time, Mesa has allocated more than $100 million for a variety of activities, including capital improvements, housing, economic development, public services, homeless assistance and emergency shelter and neighborhood improvements within qualified census tracts.  

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