The City of Ocala will host a public hearing on June 19, 2019 from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the City of Ocala Community Development Services Department (201 SE 3rd St) to review and obtain feedback from residents on two upcoming five-year plans.

According to the public notice from city staff, the city’s Consolidated Plan provides the framework for the planning process that will be used by the City to identify goals, strategies and objectives for addressing priority housing, homeless, community, and economic development needs and resources, and to tailor a strategic plan for meeting those needs as required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Through the plan, the city engages the community, both in the process of developing and reviewing the proposed plan, and as partners and stakeholders in the implementation of community development programs.

The plan will cover the 5-year period beginning on October 1, 2019 and ending on September 30, 2024 and will cover the community’s development priorities, multi-year goals based on an assessment of housing and community development needs, an analysis of housing and economic market conditions, impediments to fair housing choice (Fair Housing Act of 1968, As Amended, and Section 800 Accommodations), and available resources.

The Citizen Participation Plan will outline the city’s policies and procedures for citizen participation in the development of the Consolidated Plan and the Annual Action Plan, the review of Performance Reports, and the review of substantial amendments to any approved documents.

The Citizen Participation Plan is a pathway for all citizens to exercise their voices and influence decisions that affect the communities, neighborhoods, and quality of life, including low-and moderate income persons, community residents, and minorities from any socio-economic group.

The Consolidated Plan is carried out through Annual Action Plans, which provide concise summaries of the actions, activities, and the specific federal and non-federal resources that will be used each year to address the priority needs and specific goals identified by the Consolidated Plan.

The city is inviting residents to submit written comments from through June 30, 2019 regarding the 2019-2020 CDBG Annual Action Plan. All comments can be sent to the Community Development Services Department located at 201 SE 3rd St, or emailed to brich@ocalafl.org.

All written comments must be received by Community Development Services no later than 5:00 p.m. on June 30, 2019.