Beginning in 2020, the City of Twin Falls will receive federal grant funds for housing and community development from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Known as Community Development Block Grants, these funds can be used for affordable housing, public services, public facility and infrastructure improvements, and economic development. Projects funded through the CDBG program must help meet goals of providing decent housing, a suitable living environment, and expanded economic opportunities for low- and moderate-income residents.
To understand local needs related to housing, economic and community development, and homelessness, the City is working to develop a Consolidated Plan, Annual Action Plan, and Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice. These plans are required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
As part of the planning process, the City will host four virtual input sessions on the following dates:
• Friday, June 19 – 10:30 a.m.
• Saturday, June 20 – 10:30 a.m.
• Monday, June 29 – 6 p.m.
• Tuesday, June 30 – 2 p.m.
The Virtual Input Sessions can be accessed online at: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82505772881 of by phone by calling 312-626-6799 with Meeting ID: 825 0577 2881
The Virtual Input Sessions will be an opportunity for residents of the City of Twin Falls to share their thoughts on community needs and priorities, which will be included as part of the Annual Action Plan and Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice.
The Annual Action Plan will identify projects the City plans to implement in 2020 using federal CDBG funds from HUD. The Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (AI) will identify barriers to equal access to housing and neighborhood opportunities and propose strategies to overcome those barriers.
The community’s opinions and perceptions are an important part of these planning processes. Citizens’ input will provide essential information to local policymakers, city staff, housing providers, social service providers, lenders, and affordable housing advocates.