Make Your Voice Heard – City Community Forums and On-line Survey
The Community Forums will provide an introduction to the City of San Diego’s Five Year Consolidated Plan and federal programs. To identify community development and affordable housing needs, we will discuss priorities and engage in conversation to solicit your feedback.
404 Euclid Ave., San Diego, CA 92114
October 29, 2013 – 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Survey: If you are unable to attend one of our Community Forums, please Make Your Voice Heard by taking our quick survey online: http://www.sandiego.gov/cdbg
Questions: If you have questions or need paper copies of our survey, contact: Vicky Joes at 619?236?0612 x102 or Vicky@lesardevelopment.com or Eliana Barreiros, CDBG Policy Coordinator at CDBG@sandiego.gov.
Information will be made available in alternative formats upon request by contacting Leonardo Alarcon at 619?236?6944 or LAlarcon@sandiego.gov. Requests for disability?related modifications or accommodations required to facilitate meeting participation, including requests for auxiliary aids, services or interpreters, require different lead times, ranging from five business days to two weeks. Please keep this in mind and provide as much advance notice as possible in order to ensure availability. Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs) are available in upon request.
What is the Consolidated Plan?
The Consolidated Plan is created every five years and assists the City to determine community needs. The planning process to create the Consolidated Plan serves as the framework for a community?wide dialogue to identify housing, economic, and community development priorities.
The federal funds included in the Consolidated Plan are:
- HOME Investment Partnerships Program
- Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA)
- Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) and
- Community Development Block Grants (CDBG)
Why is this Important to You?
These federal programs have limited funding. There is more need within our communities than available funding. The City must determine how to use these funds to achieve the biggest public benefit and, when you Make Your Voice Heard, you are helping City leaders prioritize spending.
Eligible uses of these federal program funds include: improvements to facilities that serve low and moderate income (LMI) families and individuals; improvements to public infrastructure in LMI neighborhoods; provision of public services; economic development assistance; and projects that increase access to affordable housing and address homelessness. Things like: senior centers, park and recreational facilities, accessibility improvements for public facilities, cleanup of contaminated sites, food banks, business expansion and storefront improvements, etc.
What is low and moderate income (LMI)? LMI refers to individuals and families with incomes below 80 percent of the area median income. In San Diego, this includes individuals earning less than $45,150 annually and a family of four earning less than $64,500 annually (for example). LMI also includes: abused children, battered spouses, elderly persons, severely disabled adults, homeless persons, illiterate adults, persons living with AIDS, and migrant farm workers.