City seeks public input in preparation of 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan

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The week of April 21, the City of Rockford’s Community and Economic Development Department will host a series of Public Input Sessions in preparation of the 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan.

The Public Input Sessions are to allow the Community and Economic Development Department to gather feedback related to housing and community development needs and their impacts to the community.

Five meetings open to the general public have been scheduled to obtain input. These sessions, which will be repeated each day, will be held on the following dates and locations:

April 21, 2-4 p.m. — Community room at North Main Manor, 505 N. Main St.;

April 22, 5:30-7 p.m. — Constance Lane Room at Montague Branch Library, 1238 S. Winnebago St.;

April 23, 5:30-7 p.m. — Katie’s Cup, 502 Seventh St.;

April 24, 1-3 p.m. — Classroom 126 in Building 5100 of Rockford University, 5050 E. State St.; and

April 24, 5:30-7 p.m. — Community room at Northwest Community Center, 1325 N. Johnston Ave.

The 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan will assist the community in assessing affordable housing and community development needs and market conditions, and help to make data-driven, place-based investment decisions.

The consolidated planning process serves as the framework for a community-wide dialogue to identify housing and community development priorities that align and focus funding from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program, HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) Program and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Program with the community’s goals.

The Consolidated Plan also serves as a guide for projects that will be sited within the city of Rockford’s corporate limits and supported by certain federal and state housing dollars, including those activities of the Rockford Housing Authority. In these circumstances, a verification of consistency with the Consolidated Plan is required.

The Consolidated Plan is carried out through Annual Action Plans, which provide a concise summary of the actions, activities and the specific federal and non-federal resources that will be used each year to address the priority needs and specific goals identified by the Consolidated Plan.

The city reports on the accomplishments and progress toward Consolidated Plan goals in the Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER).

Gaining public input is essential to determining the needs of our community, allocating resources to address these needs, and preparing the framework of activities and policy over the next five years,” said City of Rockford Community and Economic Development Director Todd Cagnoni.

Posted April 16, 2014

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