HUD’s Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD) issued The eCon Planning Suite: Citizen Participation and Consultation Toolkit, a desk guide for local and state agencies responsible for developing Consolidated Plans (ConPlans). Although written for government entities, the guide is instructive for advocates.
The desk guide provides:
• An overview of the ConPlan public participation process, including regulation citations and a sample public participation timeline;
• A set of questions jurisdictions can use to assess past public participation practices; and
• Activities jurisdictions can undertake to improve public outreach and participation.
The nine-page “Self-Assessment and Planning Tool” portion of the desk guide can help jurisdictions identify demographic subgroups or geographic areas inadequately engaged in the ConPlan public participation process that might require different outreach and participation strategies.
The bulk of the 77-page desk guide describes a number of activities jurisdictions may take to improve outreach and participation. Suggested activities are discussed in four categories:
• Traditional media, such as public hearings, print, radio, and television;
• Internet-based media, such as listservs, websites, and social media;
• Maps and graphics as communication aides; and
• Coordination with other public entities and private partners.
View The eCon Planning Suite: Citizen Participation and Consultation Toolkit at: http://bit.ly/1olTuBf
Get more information about the Consolidated Plan on page 212 of NLIHC’s 2014 Advocates’ Guide at: http://nlihc.org/sites/default/files/2014-Advocates-Guide.pdf