Public Hearings Next Week to Prioritize Funds to Address Community Needs

Apr 10, 2015 - 2:46 pm

Participate in public hearings on April 14 and 16, 2015, to prioritize how funds are allocated to address community needs

The public’s feedback is an important part of the City’s plan to assist Austin’s low to moderate-income families. The Neighborhood Housing and Community Development Office provides programs and services to support affordable housing, job creation and public services for persons with disabilities, seniors and youth. Community input helps drive local and federal investment decisions to address Austin’s needs and shapes the City of Austin application for funding for housing and community development – the City’s 2015-2016 Action Plan.

Austin’s residents may provide ideas through June of 2015 by participating in public hearings or by providing feedback in a number of other ways. See below for more details.

4 Ways to Take Action

Help the City of Austin prioritize local and federal investments in programs and services for low to moderate income residents.

1. Take a Survey

What are your community’s greatest needs? Helping residents buy or maintain a home or assisting local businesses and creating new jobs? Provide input on your community’s needs using the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/XNJHTQZ.

2. Host a Meeting

Be a community needs champion. Host a brief exercise at your next neighborhood association meeting, professional gathering, church get-together, PTA event or any other community gathering. The Neighborhood Housing and Community Development Office will provide you with an activity kit to help facilitate participants’ discussion about community needs in Austin. Email NHCD@austintexas.gov if you are interested in this feedback opportunity.

3. Voice Your Ideas

Public hearings will be conducted before the Community Development Commission and the Austin City Council on the City’s Community Needs Assessment and the Draft Action Plan.

Community Needs Assessment Public Hearings

  • Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 6:30 PM: Before the Community Development Commission (CDC), Austin Energy, Town Lake Center, 721 Barton Springs Road
  • Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 1:00 PM [NEW TIME]: Before the Austin City Council at Austin City Hall, City Council Chambers, 301 W. Second Street

Public hearings on the Draft Action Plan will take place in June of 2015. Visit http://www.austintexas.gov/housingplan for dates and times.

4. Submit Written Comments

Submit comments by email to NHCD@austintexas.gov, by mail to: NHCD Attn: Action Plan, P.O. Box 1088, Austin, TX 78767, or by phone by calling 512-974-3100. The deadline to submit comments for the needs assessment period is April 30, 2015.

Learn more by visiting http://www.austintexas.gov/housingplan or calling 512-974-3100.

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