Editor’s Note: A Public Hearing Notice has been issued from the City of Cincinnati for the 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan/2015 Annual Action Plan that will be held Monday, October 13, 2014 1:00 PM City Hall, City Council Chambers 801 Plum Street, Room 300. Citizens can participate in offering feedback to the draft plan, and their feedback is to be included in the response documents that are submitted to HUD. Written comments must be received no later than October 29, 2014 at 5:00 PM.
The draft “2015-2019 Consolidated Plan” has been released for the public to view and weigh in. The “Con Plan” as it’s casually called, is the 5-year plan that sets the direction for how the City of Cincinnati will spend four federal grants: Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Partnership Program (HOME), Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), and Housing Opportunities for Persons with HIV/AIDS (HOPWA). Two of the four grants, the CDAB and HOME funds, are overseen by a citizen advisory board called the “Community Development Advisory Board (CDAB)” whose membership is appointed by the mayor. According to the Municipal Code of the city, the role of CDAB is to “advise and assist the city manager in planning the allocation of federal resources for community development, economic development, and human services in the city.” The board is mandated by the city’s Charter, and their participation is a requirement of HUD.
In usual fashion, an FYI Memo summarizing the draft was released by the City Manager on Sept. 29th to the Mayor and members of City Council. Since the only formal relationship between the CDAB Board and members of City Council is via the City Manager, let this serve as a communication to challenge the incorrect characterization of the CDAB board’s stance as an “explicit endorsement”. Read more ›