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  • County seeks comment on planning documents

    Mar 31, 2015 | Read More News
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    Pima County’s Community Development and Neighborhood Conservation Department is releasing draft documents and soliciting public comments over the next 30 days on three federally required planning documents.

    The Department has previously published public notice and is accepting comments through April 24, 2015, on the City of Tucson/Pima County 5-Year Consolidated Plan, the Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Plan (AI), and the Pima County
    Annual Action Plan for Fiscal Year 2015-16.

    Communities with populations of at least 50,000 residents are eligible to receive annual entitlement funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) via four federal programs: the Community Development Block grant (CDBG) program; the Home Investment Partnerships Program (HOME); the Emergency Solutions Grant program (ESG); and the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS program (HOPWA).  

    Pima County, as a HUD entitlement jurisdiction, will continue to receive approximately $2.8 million dollars from HUD each year for CDBG and ESG. The County is a participating jurisdiction in an intergovernmental agreement with the City of Tucson to receive HOME funds, but does not receive HOPWA entitlement funds.  

    To continue receiving HUD entitlement funds, the City of Tucson and Pima County are required to update both the 5-Year Consolidated Plan and its Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing (AI) Plan.  The 5-Year Consolidated Plan provides an assessment of the community needs, goals, and priorities in the areas of affordable housing, human services, neighborhood and public facilities, economic development and other programs designed to improve the quality of life for low- and moderate income residents.  

    The AI is a review of impediments or barriers that affect the rights of fair housing choice.  It covers public and private policies, practices, and procedures affecting housing choice. Impediments to fair housing choice are defined as any actions, omissions, or decisions that restrict, or have the effect of restricting, the availability of housing choices, based on race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status, or national origin.

    The 5-Year Consolidated Plan serves as a guide for annual investments of HUD entitlement funding.  For each of the five years covered by the Consolidated Plan, the County is required to prepare an Annual Action Plan that correlates with the needs, priorities and goals specified in the Consolidated Plan, showing how annual entitlement funds will be allocated to meet the overall 5-year goals. The Pima County Annual Action Plan must be adopted and submitted for HUD approval each fiscal year before the County can make local project expenditures utilizing the annual entitlement funding for that fiscal year.
     
    Copies of all draft plans can be accessed on both the City of Tucson and Pima County websites listed below:
    The FY 2015-16 Annual Action Plan is the first of five annual plans for the County’s draft Fiscal Year 2016–2020 5-Year Consolidated Plan. The County estimates receiving the following amounts for FY 2015-16:

    PIMA COUNTY – Fiscal Year 2015-16 Estimated HUD Funding:
    CDBG            $2,592,466
    HOME           Included in the City of Tucson allocation
    ESG               $222,000   

    Entitlement communities may use their formula grant funding for a wide range of community projects including, but not limited to:
    •    Acquisition, repair and development of affordable housing
    •    Neighborhood revitalization and improvements in low-income neighborhoods
    •    Economic development and job creation
    •    Public facilities and infrastructure
    •    Supportive human and public services   
    •    Homeless outreach and  emergency shelter
    •    Homeless prevention and rapid re-housing

    Two public hearings regarding the draft City of Tucson/Pima County 5-year Consolidated Plan, the draft Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Plan (AI) and respective City and County Annual Action Plans for fiscal year 2016 (July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016) will be conducted on:
           
    Meeting #1   
     Wednesday, April 1, 2015          
     2-4 p.m.      
     City of Tucson – Sentinel Building
    320 Commerce Park Loop
    Tucson, AZ 85745           

    Meeting #2
    Wednesday, April 1, 2015
     6-8 p.m.
    Pima County Housing Center
    801 West Congress
    Tucson, AZ 85745

    AGENDA

    1.    5-year HUD Consolidated Plan (20 minutes)
           a.    Overview of contents
           b.    Priorities, goals and objectives for Consolidated Plan resources
              i.    Pima County
              ii.    City of Tucson

    2.    Pima County Annual Action Plan (20 minutes)
            a.    Planned uses of Consolidated Plan resources in FY2015-16
             i.    CDBG
             ii.    HOME
             iii.    ESG
           b.    Planned activities to address gaps in delivery system

    3.    City of Tucson Annual Action Plan (20 minutes)
            a.    Planned uses of Consolidated Plan resources in FY2015-16
            i.    CDBG
            ii.    HOME
            iii.    ESG
            iv.    HOPWA
          b.    Planned activities to address gaps in delivery system

    4.    Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (20 minutes)
          a.    Fair Housing barriers and planned actions summary

    The Pima County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing to approve the City of Tucson/Pima County 5-Year Consolidated Plan, the Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Plan (AI) and the Pima County Annual Action Plan (AAP) for fiscal year 2016 (July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016) on May 5, 2015.  For more information, please consult the Board of Supervisors Agenda.