Statement as issued by the city of Fort Wayne:
Fort Wayne, Ind. – The City of Fort Wayne’s Housing and Neighborhood Services Department wants to know how citizens think federal housing dollars should be spent.
Citizens are invited to share their thoughts at a public meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25 at the Fort Wayne Urban League, 2135 S. Hanna St.
Discussion items may include: access to rental housing, housing construction, homeownership, homelessness, self-sufficiency, services for low-income families, public services, lead poisoning, and more.
Input received from the public will be included in the Annual Action Plan that Housing and Neighborhood Services submits to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). All HUD dollars must be spent to improve the quality of life for low-to moderate-income residents. In Fort Wayne, HUD funding is used to support the following six goals:
1) Preserve and increase safe, decent affordable homeownership opportunities;
2) Increase and preserve safe, decent affordable rental housing;
3) Prevent homelessness for special needs populations and persons at-risk of homelessness;
4) Decrease the number of homeless individuals;
5) Increase economic opportunities for disadvantaged populations; and
6) Promote neighborhood revitalization and empowerment.
Citizens are welcome to comment on existing programs or provide new ideas for the use of HUD dollars. Individuals with disabilities may request reasonable accommodations 24 hours prior to the meeting by calling 427-1127.