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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING AND PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD FOR A
SUBSTANTIAL AMENDMENT TO THE CITY OF SEATTLES CONSOLIDATED PLAN FOR HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

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 Citys 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 Councils Chambers are on the 2nd floor.

Interested persons are invited to find out more about the Substantial Amendment by contacting:

Michael Look
CDBG Administrator
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.

Overview

The Consolidated Plan for Housing and Community Development is a four-year plan updated annually by the City of Seattle.

Read the Consolidated Plan Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for more information.

The 2009-2012 Consolidated Plan for Housing and Community Development guide the City of Seattles expenditure of four federal fund sources:

  • Community Development Block Grant ($12 million to $13 million per year)
  • HOME Investment Partnership (about $5 million annually)
  • Housing Opportunities for Person with AIDS, or HOPWA (about $1.6 million annually)
  • Emergency Shelter Grant Program (about $540,000 annually)

The plan outlines long-term strategies to address the housing, homeless, community, and economic and human development needs of Seattles low- and moderate-income residents.

Every year the City of Seattle is required to report to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development how we have used the four Consolidated Plan funds. This report, published every March, is called the Consolidated Annual Performance & Evaluation Report.

For more information or paper copies of the plan, call 206-615-1717, or e-mail blockgrants@seattle.gov.

Seattle Human Services Department
Street address: 700 5th Avenue, Suite 5800, Seattle, WA 98104
Mailing address: PO Box 34215, Seattle, WA 98124-4215

Phone: 206-386-1001
Fax: 206-233-5119
TTY/TTD: 206-233-2778

Accommodations for people with disabilities provided upon request.