Feedback to help determine priorities for federal block grant funds
Yuma, Ariz. – The City of Yuma asks residents to fill out a resident survey and/or participate in a public meeting to help determine priorities for spending federal funds to help low-income and moderate-income residents within the City.
Public meetings will be held 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9 at McGraw Elementary School, 2345 S. Arizona Ave., and 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10 at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Neighborhood Center, 300 S. 13th Ave.
Each year the City of Yuma receives approximately $825,000 in federal funds through HUD’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. These funds must be used for the benefit of Yuma’s low- and moderate-income residents to prevent or eliminate blight and to meet other urgent community development needs. The City requests citizen input for determining the priorities for CDBG funding.
In the past CDBG funds have been used to make:
- Neighborhood infrastructure improvements.
- Housing rehabilitation programs.
- Home accessibility modifications for residents with disabilities.
- The city’s code enforcement and rental inspection program.
- Job preparation programs.
- Programs to help residents start small businesses.
In 2016, the City will submit to the department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) its plans for spending CDBG funds from 2016-2020. Please help guide development of the strategic plan, containing the 2016-2020 Consolidated Plan and its companion document the Assessment of Fair Housing, by participating in one of the two public meetings or by responding to a resident survey.
Each public meeting will include a presentation by Heidi Aggeler of BBC Research & Consulting and interactive exercises and discussion about the community’s greatest housing and community development needs as well as issues related to segregation, housing discrimination and access to opportunity. Some of the questions for discussion include:
- What City investments are most needed in our low income areas?
- What are the most critical housing needs?
- What are the greatest needs of our seniors? Or people with disabilities?
- Have you been discriminated against when looking for housing in Yuma?
“The objective of the public meetings and survey is for all members of the Yuma community to share their perspectives on the city’s housing and community needs,” said Neighborhood Services Manager Rhonda Lee-James. “We want our residents to tell us about the types of public investments, services or programs the city needs to support our struggling families, our seniors and residents of our older neighborhoods. Is there graffiti or other blight that needs to be addressed? Are our housing providers treating residents equally and fairly? We want our residents to help us create a plan that meets the community’s needs.”
Public meeting details
Monday, Nov. 9, 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
McGraw Elementary School
2345 S. Arizona Ave.
Yuma, AZ 85364
Tuesday, Nov. 10, 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Neighborhood Center
300 S. 13th Ave.
Yuma, AZ 85364
A link to the resident survey will be available on the City’s website through Dec. 7 or can be accessed directly at https://www.research.net/r/YumaHousingor in Spanish at https://www.research.net/r/YumaEspanol.