Housing and Neighborhood Preservation Accepting Comments on Proposed Plans Regarding Federally-Funded Programs

Friday, March 20, 2015

Housing and Neighborhood Preservation is currently accepting public comments on its proposed 2015-2020 Five Year Consolidated Strategy and Plan and 2015-2016 Annual Action Plan. Both plans are required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). 

The Consolidated Strategy and Plan develops a strategy for carrying out HUD programs and is a management tool for assessing performance and tracking results. The plan develops the priorities over a five-year period for the Community Development Block Grant Program, HOME Investment Partnerships Program, Emergency Solutions Grant Program and the Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS Program. It also provides a summary of the city’s housing and community development needs, resources and strategies. 

The Annual Action Plan outlines how the department will use and allocate more than $3.7 million in HUD funding during the next fiscal year (July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016) through the programs mentioned above. Final fund allocations are subject to City Council appropriation on May 12 and approval of the Annual Action Plan by HUD. 

Starting today, interested citizens can view the proposed plans and provide comments at www.vbgov.com/virtualtownhall. The Virtual Town Hall forum will close on April 20 at 5 p.m. A public hearing will also be held on Wednesday, April 1, at 6 p.m. at Housing and Neighborhood Preservation, 2424 Courthouse Drive, Building 18A. The 30-day comment period ends on April 20. 

For more information, please contact R.J. Mattes at (757) 385-5754 or visit www.vbgov.com/housing.