2018 Action Plan
The 2018 draft Action Plan has been updated to reflect the City's actual Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) entitlement funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the reallocation of $100,150 in unspent CDBG funds from prior years to new eligible activities as part of the 2018 Action Plan. City Council voted to approve the 2018 Action Plan and the reallocation of unspent CDBG funds from prior years at its meeting on May 29, 2018.
The 2018 Action Plan states the City's goals, including specific strategies to develop viable neighborhoods through the provision of decent housing, a suitable living environment, and expansion of economic opportunities principally for low- and moderate-income persons. The 2018 Action Plan outlines priority needs that will be addressed through these goals using CDBG, HOME and ESG funds, and is formatted using HUD’s Integrated Disbursement and Information System, as required.
The Action Plan includes a summary of the objectives and outcomes of the six identified goals: Affordable Housing, Homelessness, Creating Livable Communities, Economic Development, Public Services and Administration.
The City followed its Citizen Participation Plan, including the 30-day public comment period for the draft 2018 Action Plan, and reallocation of unspent CDBG funds from prior year to new activities. HUD guidance delaying the submission of those plans until 2018 grant amounts were determined was also followed.
The 2017 Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) was approved by City Council on March 19, 2018. The CAPER reviews how the City of Evanston used federal entitlement funds provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to implement programs and projects that addressed community needs successfully during the 2017 program year (January 1 to December 31, 2017).
The City of Evanston's 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan, including its Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Area Plan and 2015 Action Plan, has been approved by the Chicago Field Office of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The Consolidated Plan identifies and prioritizes housing, community and economic development needs and strategies, focusing primarily on the needs of low- and moderate-income residents. The statutory goals of the Consolidated Plan are to provide decent housing, a suitable living environment and economic opportunities for low- and moderate-income residents.
The City of Evanston is committed to a diverse community that is inclusive and encourages residents and institutions to work together to achieve a stronger community. To this end, the City will continue to pursue strategies to address housing, economic, and social service needs of low- and moderate-income residents, the homeless and special needs populations. Neighborhood revitalization in areas which lag behind the rest of the community is also a priority. Evanston has established numerous tools and partnerships for these efforts, but the recent economic downturn and housing foreclosure crisis threaten to undo past progress and to lead to even greater disinvestment.