Gainesville will be hosting three public meetings about housing and community resources as it prepares its 5-Year Consolidated Plan, a guide to how it will use federal grants to improve communities in the city.
The first meeting will be Saturday morning at the Senior Life Center.
“We’re hoping to hear from attendees what are any housing-related concerns or needs that they feel we have in the community, what are those solutions and what might they look like, what is the need for public service programs, and if so, what kind,” Jessica Tullar, Gainesville’s special projects manager, said.
The city is required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to update its consolidated plan every five years, along with annual action plans that summarize priorities for how Community Development Block Grant funds will be used. Gainesville received $470,338 from the grant program last year and gets about $400,000 each year, which can be used for infrastructure and housing improvements.
Funds have been used in previous years for improvements to low-income homes, build the Fair Street Neighborhood Center, help develop the trailhead to the Midtown Greenway and build the regional detention pond in midtown, Tullar said.
Community members can provide feedback about housing and infrastructure needs at one of the three meetings in January. Spanish translators will be available.
The city has also published an online survey for community input.
Provide your input
-10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26
Senior Life Center, 434 Prior St.
-6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28
Gainesville Exploration Academy, 1145 McEver Road
-6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31
Gainesville High School, 830 Century Place
Take the survey