The City of Buffalo is developing its five-year Consolidated Plan and 2020 Action Plan and is seeking input from City residents to help identify City needs and priorities. The plan provides the basis for how the City applies, receives and distributes U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development grant funding for the City’s Community Development Block Grant and HOME Investment Partnership programs. The Five-year Consolidated Plan will describe Buffalo’s community development priorities and goals based on an assessment of affordable housing and community development needs, market conditions and available resources. The City intends to complete the five-year Consolidated Plan by July 2020 and use it as a guide for housing and community development priorities moving forward.
As part of this five-year planning process, the City required to identify the housing and community development needs for low-moderate income persons and households, as well as persons with special needs such as disabilities, substance abuse, mental illness, HIV/AIDS, the elderly, etc. Public participation in this planning process is important to allow the City to develop an accurate strategy that addresses the priority needs of these groups and individuals.