AUBURN, AL (WTVM) - The first of four public hearings this month was held Tuesday, December 2, to discuss Community Development Block Grant Funds.
The CDBG program funds projects and programs that enhance the Auburn Community.
"These meetings are set out for the funding we will receive in June, but at the same time these are special meetings related to the consolidating planning process that will last for the next five years related to the HUD funding we receive," explains Community Development Director, Todd White.
The City has used CDBG funds for a range of projects over the years including the construction of affordable housing, providing utility, rental, and mortgage assistance, and housing rehabilitation.
"These funds are allocated according to the needs we will identify in the action plan and the programs we identify to fund," says White.
The goal of the program is to provide decent, safe, and sanitary housing, a suitable living environment, and to expand economic opportunities for residents in need.
The meetings will focus on gathering input about housing and community development needs that will benefit low and moderate-income citizens of Auburn over the next five years.
"We are looking for citizen input specifically related to community needs that we can create programs that can be funded with CDBG funding areas."
In addition to meetings, the City will be conducting a housing and community needs survey.
Residents may receive a phone call this month and are encouraged to participate.
"We need citizen input; it's a critical part of CDBG," says White.
All Scheduled Public Hearings Will Be Held At Frank Brown Recreation. Center at 235 Opelika Road in Auburn.
• December 3, 2014 at 10:00 am
• December 15, 2014 at 7:00 pm
• December 16, 2014 at 10:00 am