Public meeting to focus on Durham’s FY 2023-2024 annual action planning needs

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North Carolina Construction News staff writer

The City of Durham is holding a public hearing at a scheduled council meeting on May 1, for stakeholders interested in providing comments on the “needs” in local neighborhoods for the FY 2023-2024 annual action plan.

The meeting starts at 7 p.m. and participants should click the link for instructions on how to make a presentation to council.

A copy of the Draft FY 2023-2024 AAP is available for review until May 5.

The city expects to receive about $2 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and has identified four priorities: Homelessness,

Homeless priority:

  • provide funding for organizations and programs that conduct outreach to unsheltered individuals, emergency shelter, homelessness prevention, rapid rehousing, and other critical services as part of Durham’s Homelessness Continuum of Care
  • work with a network of agencies to provide emergency housing assistance, long-term rental assistance, case management, supportive services, and to support the creation of new housing options for these households

Housing priority:

  • provide support to preserve existing affordable housing units and to create new affordable rental and for sale units as a growing affordable housing crisis worsens
  • provide support to preserve existing affordable housing units and to create new affordable rental and for sale units
  • continue home repair and rehabilitation programs to address health and safety concerns, improve energy efficiency, and enable existing low-income homeowners to remain safely in their homes
  • provide down payment assistance to enable low-income households to purchase homes

Economic Development priority:

  • increase employment, self-sufficiency, education, job training, technical assistance, and economic empowerment of low- and moderate-income residents
  • support and encourage new job creation, job retention, employment, and job training services
  • support business and commercial growth through expansion and new development through technical assistance programs and low interest loans are prioritized

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