The City of Evanston's Draft 2017 Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) is open for public comment from Monday, March 5 - Tuesday, March 20, 2018. The CAPER discusses Evanston's accomplishments during fiscal year 2017 in meeting its community development goals using federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) programs. The Draft 2017 CAPER may be viewed online, by clicking on the title above, or in printed form in Room 3304 of the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Avenue, Evanston weekdays from 9 am - 5 pm. The 15-day public comment period for the CAPER closes following any input at the public meeting of the Housing and Community Development Act Committee on March 20, 2018, at 7 pm in room 2402 of the Morton Civic Center. Comments may be made in person or submitted in written form to:
City of Evanston
2100 Ridge Ave., Room 3304
Evanston, IL 60201
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A draft of the City of Evanston's 2018 Action Plan is available for review. All public comment received in writing and in person during the 30 day public comment period has been included. The 2018 Action Plan outlines how the City's estimated 2018 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Home Investment Partnership (HOME), and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funds, along with program income and unspent CDBG funds from prior years, will be used to improve the quality of life primarily for low and moderate income Evanston residents. A hardcopy draft of the 2018 Action Plan may also be viewed in Room 3304 of the Morton Civic Center. Questions relating to the draft Action Plan may be emailed to email@example.com or by calling 311 (if outside the City of Evanston dial 847-448-4311).
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.