A draft of the City of Evanston's 2019 Action Plan is now available for review and public comment. Public comments will be accepted now through Tuesday, November 13, 2018. The City of Evanston's Housing and Community Development Act Committee will hold a public meeting to hear comments on the 2019 Action Plan on Tuesday, November 13, at 7 p.m. in room 2402 of the Morton Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave. All interested persons are encouraged to attend.
The 2019 Action Plan outlines how the City's estimated 2019 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 unspent CDBG funds from prior years will be applied to new eligible activities. The Action Plan is based on estimated 2019 funding from HUD and will be updated to reflect actual grant amounts following the appropriation of funding for 2019 by Congress.
The 2019 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 2019 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 will follow its Citizen Participation Plan, including the 30-day public comment period for the draft 2019 Action Plan, and reallocation of unspent CDBG funds from prior year to new activities. Comments may be submitted in person at the at the meeting on November 13, or in writing by 4 p.m. that day to Jessica Wingader, Community Development Department, 2100 Ridge Ave, room 3304, Evanston, IL 60201, or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. The draft 2019 Action Plan may also be viewed beginning October 15, 2018 in room 3304 of the Morton Civic Center.
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.