Federal Planning Citizen Engagement
Federal Planning Citizen Engagement
Consolidated Planning Process
About the process
The District and others who receive U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funding must follow this process. It relies on public input and market analysis to identify local housing and community development needs and priorities. These, in turn, drive our Consolidated Plan for spending funds from these federal programs:
- Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) –funds housing and non-housing activities in low- and moderate-income areas. The grants funds programs and services to improve neighborhoods and promote economic growth.
- HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) – is used to build, buy and/or rehab affordable housing. It also provides rental assistance to low-income residents.
- Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) -- supports homeless individuals and families. The grants support shelters and services to keep them from becoming homeless or rapidly re-house those who do.
- Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) –is used to assist low-income individuals living with HIV/AIDS and their families. They must live in DC or the DC metropolitan area (northern Virginia counties; Maryland’s Calvert, Charles and Prince George’s counties, or parts of West Virginia).
- Housing Trust Fund (HTF) –is used to build, preserve, rehab, and operate affordable housing for extremely low-income households (those earning less than 30% of the area median income).
The Department of Human Services administers ESG. The District’s Department of Health and local nonprofit organizations administer HOPWA. DHCD is responsible for the rest.
The Consolidated Plan
The District conducts research and public forums that help identify local needs. These documents include the plan to address those needs or report on our progress:
- Consolidated Plan details local needs, priorities, and goals for five years. All funded projects and initiatives must tie back to the policies and priorities outlined in the plan.
- Annual Action Plan outlines the actions, activities, and resources (federal and non-federal) used to address the needs and goals of the 5-year plan.
- Housing Trust Fund Allocation Plan details how the funds are used in a specific year.
- Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) details spending and progress against the goals and priorities in the Consolidated Plan and Annual Action Plan.
The public has at least 30 days to comment on the draft documents in writing or at a public hearing. HUD has 45 days to comment on the documents we submit before they’re final.
Go to HUD Exchange for more information about the required process, the plan, and reports.
The Needs Assessment hearing will help form a basis for developing the District’s draft “District of Columbia’s Fiscal Year 2023 Annual Action Plan”. Input from stakeholders will assist in identifying the spending priorities utilizing federal entitlement funds. DHCD will also release surveys to assist stakeholders in assessing the needs in their community.
Residents and stakeholders are strongly encouraged to come out and participate in the development of policies and programs in the following areas: 1) affordable housing; 2) special needs housing; 3) homelessness; 4) homeownership; and 5) community development and public service activities.
In addition, to assisting in identifying the spending priorities of federal entitlement funds, the hearing will also outline the use of funding for the Recovery Housing Program (RHP) and the HOME Investment Partnerships Program American Rescue Plan Allocation Plan (HOME ARP).
The purpose of the RHP funds is to address the housing needs of persons experiencing substance use disorder. The HOME ARP funds aim to help people experiencing homelessness gain access to deeply affordable housing. These two grant programs will help fill those needs.
Residents and stakeholders are strongly encouraged to come out and participate in the development of policies and programs for RHP and HOME ARP in the following areas: 1) housing for persons experiencing substance use disorder and 2) housing for persons experiencing homelessness.
After the hearing, the District will collect comments, testimony, and feedback to draft the action plan and finalize the HOME ARP plan. Both plans will be presented to the public in July, and a public hearing to receive comments will occur on July 27, 2022, at 6:30 p.m.
On July 27 at 6:30 pm Drew Hubbard Interim Director of the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) will host a public hearing to discuss the Action Plan and HOME ARP Plan . Details are listed below:
Date: Tuesday July 27, 2022, 6:30 pm.
The District will collect comments, testimony and feedback to draft the action plan and finalize the HOME ARP plan. Both plans will be presented to the public in July for comments.All public comments must be received by 5 pm on Tuesday, August 8,via email or direct mailing; pleaseallow four days for the post office to deliver your comments. See details below.On July 27 at 6:30 pm, Drew Hubbard, Interim Director of the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), will host a publichearing to discuss the Action Planand HOME ARPPlan. Details are listed below:Public Hearing DetailsDate: Tuesday, July 27, 2022, ~ 6:30 pm