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Jacksonville Seeks Public Input On 5-Year Housing Plan

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Housing and Urban Development Secretary Marcia Fudge testifies during a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies.

The city of Jacksonville is asking residents to provide public feedback on a community development plan the city must submit to the federal government every 5 years to receive federal funds.

Residents can participate in the development of Jacksonville’s 2021-2025 Consolidated Plan in three ways: Taking an online survey on the city’s website, attending a virtual meeting Friday at 10 a.m., or going to a public hearing at the Legends Center at 5130 Soutel Dr. on the Northside at 2 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 2.

 

The city must send its consolidated plan to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development by Aug. 15 in order to qualify for several federal grants and programs, such as the Community Development Block Grant, the Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS program, and the HOME investment Partnership Program.

 

Residents are asked to provide insight on community priorities to direct how the city intends to use funding. 

 

Residents are also encouraged to provide demographic information such as ZIP code, household income and age.

 

Survey questions ask about what matters most to residents, listing affordable housing; demolition and clearance; economic development; public improvements; public facilities; and public services as options.

 

Community concerns such as more sidewalks, better sewage systems, energy efficient housing, small business grants, libraries, homeless shelters, etc, all fall under one of the six categories.

 

The city also asks residents to provide feedback on any issue that doesn’t fall under the six categories that impacts “low-to-moderate income areas” of Jacksonville.

 
Raymon Troncoso can be reached at rtroncoso@wjct.org, 904-358-6319 or on Twitter at @RayTroncoso.