The City of Seattle is proposing to revise the 2010 Annual Action Plan to the 2009 – 2012 Consolidated Plan for Housing and Community Development and the 2014 Annual Action Plan to the 2014 – 2017 Consolidated Plan for Housing and Community Development. Documents related to the proposed changes are available to the public on the Human Services Department website or by contacting the City’s CDBG Administrator at the address or phone number shown below. The Consolidated Plan affects how the City uses four federal funds sources to assist low- and moderate-income persons: 1) the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), 2) Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA), 3) Home Investment Partnership (HOME), and 4) Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG).
The proposed substantial amendment moves HOME funds from homeowner activities to affordable rental housing preservation and development activities. The reason for this move, fundamentally, is the high cost of ownership housing in Seattle and the expenditure limits imposed by HOME regulations on ownership housing projects. A total of $810,113 is proposed to move from homeownership activities to affordable rental housing activities. The electronic version of the proposed Substantial Amendment can be found here.
The Public is invited to attend a public hearing and meeting held to be held on Thursday, January 15, 9am, at a meeting of the Housing Affordability, Human Services, and Economic Resiliency Committee of the Seattle City Council. Public comment will be taken at that time on these proposed changes. The meeting will be held in the City of Seattle Council Chambers, located in the Seattle City Hall, 600 Fourth Avenue. The Council’s Chambers are on the 2nd floor.
Interested persons are invited to find out more about the Substantial Amendment by contacting:
700 5th Ave, 58th Floor (5th & Columbia)
P.O. Box 34215
Seattle, WA 98124-4215
Phone: 206-615-1717 E-mail: Michael.Look@seattle.gov
Written comments and suggestions regarding the Substantial Amendment may also be submitted to Mr. Look by January 20, 2015 by e-mail or postal mail.
For those who wish to testify at the January 15 public hearing, a sign-up sheet will be available outside the Council Chamber one-half hour before the public hearing. The City Council Chamber is ADA accessible. Print and communication access is provided on prior request. Please contact the Council Offices at 206-684-8888 or TDD 206-233-0025 as soon as possible to request accommodations for a disability.