City Seeking Public Input on Planned Use of Federal Grant Funds

Posted: October 7, 2019

The City of Fresno has begun developing a 5-Year Consolidated Plan that will assess the current housing market, discuss characteristics of the city’s population, identify community improvement priorities, and outline a five-year plan to fund and implement them.  The City receives approximately $11 million each year in funds under the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Home Investment Partnerships Act (HOME), Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), and Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS (HOPWA) programs.  The Consolidated Plan is required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to guide how and where these funds are used over the coming five years.

A separate study called an Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (AI) will also be conducted to identify barriers to equal access to housing and neighborhood opportunities.  The AI will set policy recommendations to help ensure that Fresno’s neighborhoods are inclusive and free from barriers that restrict residents’ access to opportunities like transportation, jobs, and schools.

The opinions and perceptions of local residents are an important part of this study.  All residents are invited to attend a public meeting and participate in a survey. The meeting details are below. Refreshments will be served, and children are welcome.

  • Saturday, November 2, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Teague Elementary School, 4725 N. Polk Avenue, Fresno, CA 93722
  • Monday, November 4, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Kirk Elementary School, 2000 E. Belgravia Avenue, Fresno, CA 93706
  • Monday, November 4, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Pinedale Elementary School, 7171 North Sugarpine, Fresno, CA 93650
  • Monday, November 4, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Vang Pao Elementary School, 4100 E. Heaton Avenue, Fresno, CA 93702
  • Tuesday, November 5, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Webster Elementary School, 2600 E. Tyler Avenue, Fresno, CA 93701
  • Tuesday, November 5, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Centennial Elementary School, 3830 E. Saginaw Way, Fresno, CA 93726

More information about the Consolidated Plan and Analysis of Impediments, including a link to the survey, as another avenue for providing input, is available at www.FresnoConPlanAI.com.  Project updates will be posted to the website, and drafts of the reports will be available in early 2020.

If, as an attendee at a meeting, you need accommodations such as interpreters, signers, assistive listening devices, or the services of a translator, please contact Aldi Dodds at (559) 621-8512 or aldi.dodds@fresno.gov.  To ensure availability, you are advised to make the request at least 48 hours prior to the meeting.

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