Is your organization interested in applying for block grants this year?
The City is organizing a series of Consolidated Planning Community Meetings to solicit and engage the public in providing feedback on their respective neighborhood needs before submitting the annual consolidated plan to the Federal Government.
A San Fernando Valley meeting is scheduled for:
More information after the jump:
WHAT IS THE ACTION PLAN?
Each year, the City of Los Angeles receives federal grant funds to assist businesses create jobs, provide job training for adults and youth, improve neighborhoods through projects that eliminate slum and blight, and provide gang prevention programs, affordable housing, services for seniors and the disabled, and fair housing. These grant funds are limited and need to be prioritized and targeted in a way that will provide the most benefit to the most people. Once our needs and goals are prioritized, we will submit them to the federal government. The annual Action Plan beginning April 1, 2014, will be the second year of the City’s five-year transit-oriented Housing and Community Development Consolidated Plan.
HOW WILL IT BENEFIT YOU?
Federal grant funds can be seen in action in your neighborhood through federally-funded community centers; after-school programs, services for our elderly and disabled residents; training and assistance for small businesses; services for the homeless; and domestic violence shelters and so many other programs and projects.
WITH SO MUCH NEED IN THE CITY, HOW WILL THESE FUNDS BE TARGETED?
In order to make the most use of the limited funds the City receives, our strategy is to take advantage of the additional funds the City will receive for public transportation to get more bang for our buck. We want to invest our federal funds on projects that provide affordable housing and job creation near transit corridors such as the Expo Line, the Gold Line, the Orange Line, the Vermont corridor, and in areas of need in the city. We want to create more livable and healthy communities where services and programs are available and accessible; where people can walk, bike or take public transportation to work and school.