HUD’s Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD) is asking for ideas regarding its recently announced Consolidated Plan (ConPlan) enhancement effort (see Memo, 5/6). This endeavor is intended to support jurisdictions’ planning for the use of CPD formula grant funds (CDBG, HOME, ESG, and HOPWA). The improvements include providing expanded planning data, easy to use mapping tools, and an electronic template integrated with IDIS (CPD’s management information system) to facilitate creation of ConPlans and performance reports.
To gather feedback, HUD created an interactive, online forum at www.hud.gov/ideasinaction. Although the forum is targeted to jurisdictions, CPD welcomes ideas from all interested stakeholders.
Currently the forum asks:
1. What types of data and mapping capability would be helpful when preparing your ConPlan?
2. How can HUD make the ConPlan more useful and meaningful to grantees?
3. How can HUD simplify and streamline preparation, submission, and performance reporting?
This particular forum will only be active until May 31. CPD will host additional forums that build on input received from the initial forum.
The prototype mapping system is at http://egis.hud.gov/cpdmaps