The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) is preparing a new five-year Consolidated Plan for 2015-2020 as required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Vermont’s Consolidated Plan guides the investment of more than $10 million that is received annually for three grant programs: Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) This money typically leverages at least another $10 million in other public and private funds. In recent years, the priority for Vermont’s plan has been to direct resources toward economic development and housing activities. They are inviting the public and interested parties to participate in a series of regional meetings and to complete an electronic survey. Your participation will help them learn about the needs and interests in the areas of economic, housing and community development. Citizen Participation Meetings will be held on: Wednesday, December 17th West Rutland, VT West Rutland Town Hall, 35 Marble Street 4:00pm – 6:00pm Thursday, December 18th St. Albans, VT City Council Chambers, 100 North Main Street 4:00pm – 6:00pm Monday, January 5th Bristol, VT Holley Hall, 1 South Street 5:30pm – 7:30pm Wednesday, January 7th St. Johnsbury, VT Black Box Theater St. Johnsbury Academy, 1000 Main Street Noon-2pm Tuesday, January 13th Bennington, VT Bennington Fire Station – Third Floor Meeting Room, 130 River Street 4:00pm – 6:00pm Thursday, January 15th Bellows Falls, VT The Lower Theater – Bellows Falls Opera House, 7 The Square 3:00pm – 5:00pm Friday, January 16th Randolph, VT Chandler Music Hall – Upper Gallery, 71-73 Main Street Noon – 2:00pm All meeting locations are wheelchair accessible. If you need special accommodations or have any questions about the meetings, please contact Arthur Hamlin at 828-3749 or Shaun Gilpin at 828-1346. To complete the survey click here.