There is a second opportunity for stakeholders to provide suggestions as HUD continues its Consolidated Plan Enhancement effort. In addition, four webinars are scheduled to explain the improvements.
The enhancements will include providing jurisdictions expanded planning data, easy to use mapping tools, and an electronic template integrated with IDIS (a management information system) to facilitate creation of ConPlans and performance reports (see Memo, 5/6 and 5/13).
The ConPlan is a jurisdiction’s affordable housing and community development needs assessment, statement of priorities, and strategy for addressing priority needs. A five-year Strategic Plan, and Annual Action Plan updates, are required for all states, cities, and counties that receive formula-based funds from HUD’s Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD). Those funds include HOME, Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), Emergency Shelter Grants/Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG), Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS (HOPWA), the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP), and eventually the National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF).
To gather suggestions, CPD offers an online forum at www.hud.gov/ideasinaction.
Although the forum is targeted to jurisdictions, CPD welcomes ideas
from all interested stakeholders. The second opportunity (the first
closed on May 31) has three categories of questions:
1. There is a “General Feedback” section that poses a number of questions building on comments CPD received through the May forum. For example:
- Will publicly available HUD data foster meaningful public participation?
- Which aspects of the current ConPlan requirements should HUD focus on?
- What features of a ConPlan template could facilitate coordination between the ConPlan and other local, regional, and state plans?
2. There is a section tailored to states. Sample questions include:
- How should the ConPlan template be designed to support meshing ConPlan policies and priorities with those of the Qualified Allocation Plan for Low Income Housing Tax Credits?
- What data could HUD provide to states to help decide whether to spend HOME funds in participating jurisdictions getting HOME dollars directly from CPD?
- What data could HUD provide to states to help support affordable housing production in rural areas?
3. There is a section addressing jurisdictions that receive CDBG only.
Input is not limited to responses to questions posed by CPD; stakeholders can generate unrelated suggestions. The forum will be active until August 11, 2011.
Comments submitted in May can be viewed in the right hand column on the Ideas In Action webpage.
The four webinars (each scheduled for 2:00 PM EDT) are primarily designed for jurisdiction staff. Each webinar is geared toward specific types of jurisdictions:
- Wednesday, July 20 – Entitlement Grantees and Participating Jurisdictions https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/366758009
- Wednesday, July 27 – CDBG-only Grantees https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/589094529
- Wednesday, August 3 – Entitlement Grantees and Participating Jurisdictions https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/153300305
- Wednesday, August 10 – States https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/947878017
The Consolidated Plan Enhancements webpage is at http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/open/innovation_ideas_in_action/consolidated_plan_enhancements.
The Ideas in Action webpage is at http://hudideasinaction.uservoice.com/forums/123621-general-feedback-on-con-plan-enhancements
A prototype of the mapping system is at http://egis.hud.gov/cpdmaps
More information about the ConPlan is on page 37 of the 2011 Advocates’ Guide, www.nlihc.org