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We Need Your Feedback

We’re looking for feedback on Visalia’s High Priority Needs related to Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership Funding.

"Each year the City of Visalia receives funding to use for programs and projects that meet priority needs identified in our community. Thanks to the nation’s Housing and Urban Development (HUD) program, cities like Visalia receive grants that help achieve National objectives," explains Rhonda Haynes, City of Visalia Housing Specialist.

The three National objectives are providing decent housing, suitable living environments and creating economic opportunities.

"With citizen feedback, we can reach our outcomes of improving the availability or accessibility of housing and services, improve the affordability of housing and improve sustainability by promoting a viable community," shares Haynes.
 
With a focus towards low to moderate income families, the community identified priority needs include:
  • Affordable housing, including homeless
  • Public services, facilities, public and park improvements
  • Neighborhood preservation
  • Economic Development
Priority projects and activities include, but are not limited to, HOME-funded new construction and rehabilitation of single and multi-family units throughout the City.  CDBG affordable housing and neighborhood preservation projects include the Senior Mobile Home Repair Program, Fair Housing, and Code Enforcement efforts. CDBG Public Improvements proposed include, but not limited to ADA compliance projects and Park Improvements.

"Funds have been set aside for programs and activities that directly benefit those experiencing homelessness," adds Haynes. "These include HOME-funded program “Tenant-Based Rental Assistance” program which assists with gap rental assistance, administered by Family Services of Tulare County and the new CDBG funded Case Management program, also administered by Family Services."

To provide further assistance to the homeless population, proposed CDBG activity commitments include:
  • $25,575 for the Voucher Program, a contract with Family Services of Tulare County that provides homeless persons case management services
  • $17,000 for the continued commitment to the homeless Public Service contract with Continuum of Care
  • $40,000 for the continued commitment to the Street Outreach and Case Management services contracted with Family Services of Tulare County
Approximately $150,000 of the estimated 2018 Action Plan CDBG funding is not committed to an existing project or program, so we need your help! What eligible “High Priority Need” should the CDBG funding be used for?

View the full presentation here and then download and complete the Feedback Form and tell us what you think about funding, the proposed goals, and activities and share your thoughts on what other goals (high priority activities) are needed for low-income housing, jobs and/or low-income areas.

Email your completed form to Rhonda.haynes@visalia.city by February 12, 2018.

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