Expanded Opportunities to Comment on funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development During COVID-19 Outbreak
Thu, 04/16/2020 – 13:44
In response to the COVID-19 outbreak and the associated limitations on public gatherings, the City of Austin has created a new website to expand opportunities for the public to provide valuable input on spending an anticipated $20.8 million in U.S. Housing and Urban Development Agency (HUD) grants.
The City’s website provides a one-stop location to inform Austinites about the federal grant funding received from HUD and provides more details about how the community can provide input on uses of the funding.
The HUD funding has been used to support programs for affordable housing, homelessness assistance, community development, economic development, and public services through four federal formula grants: Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME), Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA).
To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, HUD is allowing some programmatic modifications to the normal community input processes. The City is working with HUD to identify these modifications to allow for the continuation of public input during directives and protocols that cities have identified in response to COVID-19. More details about modifications to processes due to COVID-19 will be provided on the website as they are received.
Community Assessment Comment Period
In an effort to continue the public input process to gather public input on the community’s needs and service gaps, the City is holding a virtual, online community needs assessment public hearing before the Austin City Council on Thursday, April 23, 2020. Details about how to sign up to provide public comment during the virtual public hearing are available City Council Meeting Information Center.
Draft Housing and Urban Development Spending Plan Comment Period
Once community suggestions are incorporated, a draft spending plan will be available for review and additional 5-day public comment. Austinites will again be encouraged to submit their comments and suggestions through the via standard mail, email, or the SpeakUp Austin website once the draft plan is made available (details below).
Neighborhood Housing and Community Development Department
Attn: City of Austin Housing and Urban Development Spending Plan
P.O. Box 1088
Austin, Texas 78767
Subject Heading: City of Austin Housing and Urban Development Spending Plan