A public comment period is underway through Tuesday, May 29 for the City of Mesa's proposed Fiscal Year 2018/2019 Annual Action Plan. The plan includes specific activities recommended for funding under the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) and Housing Emergency Solutions Grant (HESG) programs. It also includes the City's Human Services programs which receive money from the General Fund and contributions from the ABC: A Better Community program. The funds are used for housing and community development activities that benefit low and moderate-income residents and assist in the prevention or elimination of slum and blighting influences.
The City anticipates the following allocations from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for FY 18/19:
CDBG (non-public service) $3,210,202
HOME $ 916,811
ESG $ 268,524
Total HUD funding $4,395,537
Human Services programming is expected to remain stable. Based on last year's allocations, funding for FY 18/19 should be $720,000. This would make total HUD and Human Services funding $5,239,175. along with the prior year funding for HOME activities of more than $1.3 million, $250,000 from CDBG program income and $25,000 from HOME program income that is expected to be carried over.
A printed copy of the plan, listing all projects proposed for funding, is available at the Housing and Community Development Division, 20 E. Main St., Suite 250, in Mesa. An electronic copy is available at www.mesaaz.gov/residents/housing-community-development. Simply click on the "Proposed Annual Action Plan" button to view it.
Written comments are welcome and should be submitted to Dennis Newburn, City of Mesa, P.O. Box 1466, Mesa, AZ 85211-1466. You can also call (480) 644-5867 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for further information. All written comments received by May 29 at 6 p.m. will be considered.
You can also provide feedback about the Annual Action Plan during two public hearings Saturday, May 19 at 3 p.m. at Mesa's Main Library, 64 E. First St., and Tuesday, May 22 at 5 p.m. at Fire Station 201 Community Room, 360 E. First St.
The Annual Action Plan is scheduled to go to City Council June 18 for approval. Per direction from HUD, the City will not submit the Annual Plan until HUD has provided all final funding awards.
Housing and Community Development
Contact: Kevin Christopher