Addressing the Community’s Affordable Housing Needs: Opportunity for Public Comment on Five Year Plan

Posted on May 26, 2020

News Release from City of Salem

May 26th, 2020 8:00 AM

2020-2024 Consolidated Plan and Annual Action Plan and Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Available for Public Comment Starting May 26

Salem, Ore. – The City of Salem and the City of Keizer have assessed community housing and development needs to create a Consolidated Plan to target federal HOME Investment Partnership and Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding resources for five years (2020-2024). The Consolidated Plan provides a guide for determining Salem and Keizer’s federal funding priorities over the next five years. The plan is available for a 7-day public comment period beginning Tues., May 26, 2020.

The plan was built on feedback from community partners and community members. The five priority categories proposed in the 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan are: Homelessness; Special Needs Populations; Low-to-Moderate Income Housing; Public Facilities; and Economic Development.

How can you participate? Electronic versions of the 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan, the Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing, and the Annual Action Plan are available for public review and comment from May 26, 2020 – Jun. 1, 2020 on the City’s website: https://bit.ly/COS-FederalProgram.

Written comments may be submitted to the Salem City Recorder at 550 Liberty Street, SE, Room 205, Salem, Oregon or emailed to cityrecorder@cityofsalem.net. All written comments must be received no later than 5 p.m., Jun. 1, 2020. The Salem City Council will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m., Mon., Jun. 8, 2020.

In addition to the Consolidated Plan, there are two other documents available for public comment:

  • HUD requires communities receiving federal funds to also prepare an Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing. This analysis reviews the community’s laws, administrative procedures, and other practices that restrict housing choice in Salem and Keizer.
  • The 2020-2024 Annual Action Plan for Salem and Keizer describes steps the City will take in the next fiscal year to implement strategies identified in the Consolidated Plan.
    For more information regarding the City’s Federal Programs, email sehenger@cityofsalem.com.

Virtual Council meetings: Effective Apr. 27, 2020, all Salem City Council, Urban Renewal Agency and Salem Housing Authority meetings will be entirely virtual until further notice. All members of the governing body, the public and staff will participate remotely. Salem’s Council Chambers are closed.

Real-time remote viewing of these meetings are available online on the City of Salem Facebook page, Comcast Cable CCTV Channel 21, or on the CCTV Salem YouTube channel. In accordance with HUD guidance, written comments will be accepted during the public hearing on the City’s Facebook platform – https://www.facebook.com/CityOfSalemOR/.

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