Studies Required by HUD Will Guide Future Community and Housing Investments
Orange County, Florida. – The Orange County Housing and Community Development Division will soon be developing strategic plans that will include substantial community feedback. The plans will guide investments of federal dollars in affordable housing, social services, community development and homelessness programs across the county for 2022-2026.
“As we immerse ourselves in this planning process to identify the needs of our community for the next five years, it is extremely important that we get feedback from our residents,” said Mitchell Glasser, Director of Housing and Community Development. of Orange County. “We must ensure that their different and specific concerns, such as the need for affordable housing and specific services, are properly identified and represented as we continue to grow and diversify.
Community input is essential to help the county focus its limited efforts and resources on the programs and services that really matter. To engage in this process and share ideas with the planning team, residents are encouraged to complete a online survey or submit a comment form. The survey is available in English and Spanish. This valuable input will be carefully considered for inclusion in county plans.
Residents can learn more about the project and complete the online survey at www.vosplansOCFL.com. Early drafts of these plans and studies will be shared for public review and comment beginning in mid-June 2022.
The community development plan, also called the Consolidated five-year plan and annual action plan, assesses the current housing market, discusses county population characteristics, identifies community improvement priorities, and outlines a plan to fund and implement them.
The fair housing study, called Analysis of Barriers to Equitable Choice in Housing identify barriers to equal access to housing and propose equitable and affordable housing strategies to overcome them.
These plans are required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the county to receive funds from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME), HOME- ARP and the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG). Together, these grant programs provide approximately $11 million each year in funding for activities such as child care grants, meals for seniors, park and playground improvements, from the development of new affordable rental housing, assistance with the repair of housing for the elderly, the operation of homeless shelters and construction. community and cultural centers.
For additional information, please contact Mosaic Community Planning at (470) 435-6020 or email@example.com.
About Orange County Government: Orange County Government strives to serve its residents and guests with integrity, honesty, fairness and professionalism. Located in Central Florida, Orange County comprises 13 municipalities and is home to world-class theme parks, one of the nation’s largest convention centers and a thriving life science research park . Seven elected members make up the Board of County Commissioners, including the mayor, who is elected countywide. For more information, please visit www.OCFL.net or go to Orange County Government Social Media Channels.