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Input Sought in Disbursement of Federal Funds

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (January 22, 2015) – The State Consolidated Plan Advisory Committee is beginning the process of preparing a new Five-Year Consolidated Plan for the period of July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2020.  The committee has scheduled five Public Focus Group Meetings around the State to obtain citizen comments to determine the priorities for the use of grant funds during this period.

Public Focus Group Meetings on the Five-Year Consolidated Plan for Program Years 2015-2019 will be conducted at the following locations: 

  • February 2, 10:30-12:00, North Little Rock, Arkansas Municipal League, 301 W. Second Street
  • February 3, 10:30-12:00, Fayetteville Public Library, 401 W. Mountain Street
  • February 4, 10:30-12:00, Hope City Hall, 206 West Avenue A
  • February 5, 10:30-12:00, Tillar, Delta Conference Center, 8624 Bucksducks Road
  • February 6, 10:30-12:00, West Memphis, Eugene Woods Civic Center, 212 W. Polk Street

During these meetings state agencies will obtain public comments regarding the allocation of approximately $26 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME), Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) Program funds for the next program year beginning in July 2015, as well as setting priorities for the next Five-Year Consolidated Plan.

CDBG grants are targeted to Arkansas’s smaller cities, and have traditionally been used for economic development, water and wastewater, senior citizen centers, public health facilities, child care centers, rural fire protection, community center, multi-purpose centers, and other general public facility and public utility projects. No less than 70 percent of CDBG funds must be used for activities that benefit low- and moderate-income (LMI) persons. In addition, each activity must meet one of the following national objectives for the program: benefit low- and moderate-income persons, prevention or elimination of slums or blight, or address community development needs having a particular urgency because existing conditions pose a serious and immediate threat to the health or welfare of the community for which other funding is not available.

HOME grants are used for expanding the supply of decent and affordable housing to lower-income households; strengthening the ability of state and local governments to provide housing; and extending and strengthening partnerships among all levels of government and the private sector, including for-profit and nonprofit organizations, in the production and operation of affordable housing.

ESG funds are distributed statewide to nonprofit organizations that develop and operate homeless shelters and provide supportive services to homeless persons. Eligible activities include: Street Outreach, Emergency Shelter, Homelessness Prevention, Rapid Re-Housing, and Homeless Management Information Systems.

HOPWA funds are used for Supportive Services/Permanent Housing Placement; Tenant-Based Rental Assistance (TBRA); and Short-Term Rent, Mortgage, and Utility Assistance (STRMU).

These services and resources are designed to meet the housing needs of low-income persons.

A survey has been developed to be used by the committee to help assess the needs of the state, and it can be completed at www.arkansasedc.com/incentives/grants-management. Written comments may be mailed to the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, Attn.: Grants Management Division, 900 W. Capitol Ave., Suite 400, Little Rock, AR 72201, or by email to Jean Noble, Plan Coordinator, at . The deadline for surveys or comments is February 20, 2015.
Each Public Focus Group Meeting will also include an opportunity for citizen comments on the Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice.

All meeting locations are wheelchair accessible. Persons needing interpreters or other accommodations are requested to telephone the Arkansas Economic Development Commission at 501-682-7682 so arrangements may be made in advance.

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