The City of Evanston seeks input from community members regarding the City’s housing and non-housing priorities for the upcoming five years. The public hearing will be held 6 – 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 19 at Fleetwood Jourdain Community Center, 1655 Foster Street.

“Community members’ feedback will guide the City in its use of entitlement funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Community Development Block Grant program, the HOME Investment Partnerships program, and Emergency Shelter grants,” said Dennis Marino, Interim Director of Community Development. “The funds will be used to benefit primarily low and moderate-income residents.”

“The issues discussed at the public hearing will be included in the City’s 2010-2014 Consolidated Plan to be submitted to HUD,” Mr. Marino said. “The Consolidated Plan includes the City’s strategy to meet priority needs for the next five years by taking short-term action to achieve long-term housing and non-housing goals.”

Residents are encouraged to attend the public hearing to voice concerns and observations about the community’s needs. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in small group discussions and vote on Evanston’s priorities.

For those who are unable to attend but would still like to provide feedback, the Community Priority Needs Survey can be found online or call to request a paper copy from the Planning Division, 847/866-2928 x2268.