Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Residents Invited to Voice Opinions on Housing and Community Development Spending





Community Development Commission, Los Angeles County
For Immediate Release:  Tuesday, August 17, 2010


Contact: Elisa Vásquez at (323) 890-7415 or Elisa.Vásquez@lacdc.org



Expression of local housing and community development needs through the public participation program will feed into and help shape the annual “Action Plan” 
Five (5) meetings in the unincorporated areas are scheduled from
September 14 through September 28, 2010; public can also submit
written comments through October 28, 2010



The Community Development Commission (CDC) of the County of Los Angeles invites residents to a series of five (5) community meetings (one (1) meeting in each Supervisorial District) seeking their input through a survey on the distribution of approximately $44 million in community development and housing funds targeted at low- and moderate-income areas and individuals.  Residents’ expression of local needs will feed into and help shape the County’s annual “Action Plan.”  Individuals who live or work in the unincorporated areas of the County are encouraged to attend.  

The 2011-2012 Action Plan describes proposed funding activities, which can include, for example, childcare programs, services for senior citizens, homebuyer

assistance, home repair programs, homeless services, low-interest business loans, graffiti removal, and street and sewer repairs.

The approximate $44 million in funds originate from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, which requires the Action Plan.  The funds are broken down into the following three (3) program categories:

·                     About $30 million is from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program, which funds a variety of services in low- and moderate-income communities.  Funding is contingent upon Congressional approval and as the CDBG Program has experienced funding reductions since 2002, future funding levels are uncertain at this time; 

·                     Over $12 million from the Home Investment Partnerships Program, which supplies funds for housing rehabilitation, first-time homebuyer programs, and construction in lower-income areas; and

·                     Over $1 million from the Emergency Shelter Grant Program, which provides temporary shelter to homeless individuals during cold and wet winter months.

The five (5) community meetings scheduled from September 14 through September 28, 2010, in the unincorporated areas will solicit input from residents, community organizations, and local interest groups.  Through a survey, attendees will be asked to identify community development needs of their respective communities.  The survey results will help prioritize future CDBG funding.

The list of meetings and a diagram that presents the Action Plan planning cycle are shown on the following pages.  For additional information on the meetings, please contact Chip Aquino at (323) 890-7158.

Individuals unable to attend the community meetings may submit written comments through Thursday, October 28, 2010, to Raymond Webster.  Comments can be sent to Mr. Webster via e-mail at Raymond.Webster@lacdc.org, fax (323) 890-8595, or mail (postmarked by October 28, 2010) to the Community Development Commission of the County of Los Angeles, CDBG Division, 2 Coral Circle, Monterey Park, CA  91755.


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