The State of Vermont’s Department of Housing and Community Development is conducting a public hearing in preparation for developing its 2016 HUD Consolidated Plan Action Plan. The purpose of the hearing is to obtain citizen’s views about housing, homelessness, public facilities and services, and non-housing community development needs in the state, development of proposed grant activities, and to review past performance of programs included in the plan.
The plan constitutes the State’s application for, and outlines priorities for use of approximately $10 million annually in federal funding provided to the State for the Community Development Block Grants (CBDG), HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME), and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) programs. In addition, HUD may allocate new funds to the State for the National Housing Trust Fund to develop housing affordable to extremely low- and very low- income households. These funds, if awarded, will be included in the plan.
The goals of the plan are to provide decent housing, assure a suitable living environment, and expand economic opportunities for Vermont’s citizens. More information about the plan is available on the Department’s website at www.accd.vermont.gov/strong_communities.
The hearing will be held on Monday, February 8, 2016, from 4:00 – 4:30 p.m. in the Calvin Coolidge Room, 1 National Life Drive, Davis Building, 6th Floor, Montpelier. The hearing room is handicapped accessible. Accommodations for persons with disabilities, and interpreters to meet the needs of non-English speaking persons will be made available upon request. Requests for accommodations should be directed to Arthur Hamlin at 802-828-3749, or in writing to Arthur Hamlin, Housing Program Coordinator, Vermont DHCD, 1 National Life Drive, Davis Building, 6th Floor, Montpelier, VT 05620 by 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 27, 2016. For the Hearing Impaired please call (TTY#) l -800-253-0191.