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March 7, 2018 - Notice of public hearing

Resident input sought on county's housing and community development needs.

Post Date:03/08/2018 9:58 AM


Annual Action Plan
Marion County receives federal entitlement funds annually from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnership (HOME) and the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Programs. To receive funding, the county is required to develop an annual action plan describing how these funds will be used to address the priorities identified in the five-year consolidated plan.

Funding for fiscal year 2018-2019 is anticipated to be $1,700,000 from the CDBG Program, $635,000 from the HOME program and $161,000 from the ESG Program.

Range of activities: The county is able to undertake a wide range of activities under these programs to benefit low/moderate income people.

Priorities identified in the consolidated plan for CDBG activities include:
-Affordable rental and ownership housing
-Public facilities, infrastructure improvements activities in low/moderate income areas
-Transitional and permanent housing for homeless and low-income at-risk households
-Services that assist low income persons with self-sufficiency
-Emergency health and shelter needs for poverty level households

HOME funds will be matched with State Housing Initiative Partnership (SHIP) program funds for rental and homeownership activities that provide decent, safe, sanitary, and affordable housing for very low and low-income households.

ESG fund activities include rapid rehousing and homeless prevention.

Citizen input: The purpose of these public hearings is to solicit views from citizenry on Marion County’s housing and community development needs for very-low, low, and moderate income households in order to develop a one-year action plan for fiscal year 2018/2019. This public hearing is not to discuss specific grant proposals.

The 2018 public hearings will be held:
6 p.m. on March 22, at the Freedom Public Library, 5870 SW 95th St., Ocala,
10 a.m. on March 23, at the Headquarters-Ocala Public Library, 2720 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala

If any accommodations are needed for persons with disabilities and/or language barriers, please contact the Marion County Community Services at 352-671-8770 a minimum of 24 hours prior to the meeting.

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