The City of Memphis is in the process of developing a new Consolidated Plan for Housing and Community Development. The Plan outlines Memphis' needs, priorities, and strategies for homeless assistance, affordable housing, and non-housing community development for the City's fiscal years (FY) 2011-2013. Another component of the submission is the Annual Action Plan for FY2011, which is used to inform the public about the proposed programs and projects that are to be implemented for each fiscal year.
An important part of this process is citizen participation. Therefore, HCD is seeking comments and input from interested citizens, and neighborhood organizations, public agencies, non-profits, housing developers, youth, elderly, and other social service providers interested in serving the needs of the community. As a public or nonprofit agency, or private citizen, we encourage and invite you to participate in the planning process by completing the survey at the link below, which will help to identify community needs and set priorities for the use of entitlement funds received by HCD.
Community Input Survey:
Citizens may also submit their comments in writing by mail or fax to:
City of Memphis
Division of Housing and Community Development
701 North Main Street
Memphis, TN 38107
For additional information call 901-576-7370
About the Consolidated Plan:
Each year, the City of Memphis, Division of Housing and Community Development (HCD) receives four entitlement grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). These grants are used to carry out many of the Divisions' programs and services. The grants received from the federal government are:
- Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) - Principal source of federal funding for localities to improve the physical, social and economic conditions in their low and moderate-income communities.
- Home Investment Partnerships Act (HOME) - Provides funding for the development of standard affordable housing. HOME also encourages the development and capacity building of community development housing organizations (CHDO's) to create and manage affordable housing.
- Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) - Funds supportive services for homeless individuals and operating assistance for shelters serving the homeless.
- Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) - Provides funding for housing for low-income persons and their families affected by HIV/AIDS.
As part of its responsibility in administering these federal programs, HCD develops the Consolidated Plan and prepares an annual update known as the Annual Action Plan as required by HUD. The Consolidated Plan represents Memphis' combined grant application for the entitlement grant funds that are received - CDBG, HOME, ESG and HOPWA. The Consolidated Plan is a comprehensive assessment of long and short-term community development needs, and outlines strategies for addressing the identified needs. HCD has started the process of preparing the Consolidated Plan for FY2011-2013 and the Annual Action Plan for FY2011 which must be submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) by May 15, 2010.
The primary goal of programs and projects funded through the Consolidated Plan is to foster development of viable urban neighborhoods with decent housing, suitable living environment, and expanded economic opportunities, especially for low and moderate income citizens. There are four primary areas used to address this goal:
- Preservation and development of low and moderate income housing,
- Community and public services,
- Assistance for the homeless and special needs population, and
- Neighborhood, community and economic development.