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THDA leads Consolidated Plan Development

Posted on Monday, April 20, 2015 at 3:30 pm

MT. PLEASANT, Tenn. — Meetings are scheduled throughout Tennessee to present housing market data and the state’s plan for housing and community development for the next five years. Additionally, public comments are being accepted through May 4, 2015.

Public comments on the Consolidated Plan will be collected at every public meeting. Residents can also submit written comments through the Public Notices and Comment Forums page on the THDA website, <www.THDA.org>. More information is available from Morgan Mansa, THDA, at <mmansa@thda.org>.

The area meeting is set for April 21 from 10 a.m. until noon at the South Central TN Development District office at 101 Sam Watkins Blvd., in Mt. Pleasant. For more information, contact Sara Brown at (931) 379-2929.

“A vital component of exploring Tennessee’s housing and community development needs is the participation of our citizens,” said Jerry Mansfield, executive director of the South Central Tennessee Development District. “We encourage all residents to contribute to the Consolidated Plan to ensure this document captures the unique concerns of every community.”

The 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan is a state-wide, multi-department effort led by Tennessee Housing Development Agency to support the administration of four U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) programs. The goal is to present the State’s housing needs and interests in relation to programs available to support development.

Input is sought from citizens, organizations, state, local and federal government officials, developers, special needs advocates, chambers of commerce, public housing authorities and other housing professionals.

The full name of the plan is the 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan for Housing and Community Development. The structured reporting and planning are requirements for the federal HUD funding allocated through the HOME Investment Partnership, Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) and the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) programs. The 2015-2019 plan will mark Tennessee’s fifth five-year plan.

Some findings from the early work in 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan include:

• There is a high need for affordable rental housing and homeownership options statewide.

• It is particularly difficult to provide resources to persons experiencing homelessness in rural communities.

• Over 1,000 housing units are still in need of repair and 80 public facility / infrastructure projects need funding after the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding of 2011 and 2012.

• A coordinated effort between state agencies continues to meet the needs of extremely low-, very low-, and low-income households is crucial.

A draft of the 2015-2019 plan is posted online on the Consolidated Planning page at <www.THDA.org>.

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