The City of Austin announces public hearings and a 15-day public comment period to receive public input on the FY 2020-21 draft Action Plan in accordance with the City of Austin’s Citizen Participation Plan as amended, Texas Local Government Code, Chapter 373, and with HUD program waivers of certain regulatory requirements to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The waivers for citizen participation requirements allow jurisdictions to reduce the 30-day minimum for the required public comment period to no less than 5 days to receive public comment and determine what is reasonable notice and opportunity for the public to provide comment on the FY 2020-21 Annual Action Plan. The City is making every effort to continue the community input process while observing social distancing protocols during COVID-19.  

The City solicited public input on the community’s needs and service gaps, which was instrumental in setting priorities for FY 2020-21 federal funding. Public input was received and considered while outlining the draft plan through a public hearing before Austin City Council on April 23, 2020, through a SpeakUp Austin website, and comments received via email at NHCD@austintexas.gov. Additional feedback and input opportunities through NHCD’s main phone line, and postal mail were offered to the community as sources for providing input as well.

The City of Austin will prepare a draft FY 2020-21 Action Plan, which describes community needs, resources, and priorities for the City’s affordable housing, community development, homelessness services, public services, and economic development activities. These activities are funded primarily through four grant programs received from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD): Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME), Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA).

Opportunities to Review and Provide Feedback on FY 2020-21 Draft Action Plan

The public is invited to review the FY 2020-21 draft Action Plan from Wednesday July 15, 2020 to Thursday, July 30, 2020 on this HUD funding webpage (www.austintexas.gov/fy2020-21-action-plan). The FY 2020-21 draft Action Plan will also be available for review and comment on the SpeakUp Austin website from Wednesday July 15, 2020 to Thursday, July 30, 2020.

Public Hearing Before the Community Development Commission (CDC)

The public is invited to provide input during the special videoconferencing meeting of the Community Development Commission (CDC) scheduled for July 15, 2020. Meeting details and instructions for providing public comment during the virtual public hearing can be found on the meeting agenda on the Community Development Commission website. Community members must sign up by noon the day before the meeting in order to provide public comment.

Public Hearing Before the Austin City Council

The public is invited to provide input during the special videoconferencing meeting of the Austin City Council scheduled for July 30, 2020. Meeting instructions for providing public comment during the virtual public hearing can be found on the meeting agenda on the City Council Meeting Information Center website. Community members must sign up by noon the day before the meeting in order to provide public comment.

Provide Feedback Via Email or Postal Mail:

Written comments may be submitted until 5:00 pm on Thursday, July 30, 2020. Please include a name, address, and phone number:

Neighborhood Housing and Community Development Department
Attn: City of Austin FY 2020-21 draft Action Plan
P.O. Box 1088
Austin, Texas 78767

Submit by Email:
NHCD@austintexas.gov
Subject Heading: City of Austin FY 2020-21 draft Action Plan