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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

March 29, 2012

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Joe Holmes, AEDC Marketing and Communications Director

501-682-5154, jholmes@arkansasedc.com

 

 

 

State to host public hearings regarding Consolidated Plan

More than $26.7 million to be allocated in Fiscal Year 2012

 

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (March 29, 2012) – The Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC), in partnership with the Arkansas Development Finance Authority (ADFA), the Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH), will host five public hearings to receive comments from Arkansans about how to allocate $26,772,626 million in funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the next fiscal year beginning July 2012.

As a requirement to receive funds from HUD, these four agencies must submit to the public a single Consolidated Plan describing their planned use of the funds.

Programs funded by HUD include Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), Home Partnership Investment (HOME), Emergency Solution Grants (ESG), and the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) programs.

CDBG funds for small communities are administered by AEDC and have traditionally been used for senior citizen centers, public health facilities, childcare centers, fire protection, community facilities, economic development projects, and water and wastewater projects. 

HOME funds are used to assist with home construction and rental assistance for low income families.

ESG funds are used for the operation of homeless shelters and to provide services to homeless persons.

HOPWA funds are used to provide housing and rental assistance to persons who are HIV positive.

The public hearings will be conducted at five sites:

Date

 

Location

Time

April 3, 2012

Jonesboro

East AR Planning & Development District

2905 King St.

10:30 a.m.

April 5, 2012

Hope

City Hall

206 W. Avenue A

10:30 a.m.

April 6, 2012

Lake Village

Fire Station #2

Hwy 65 & 82 South

10:30 a.m.

April 10, 2012

Little Rock

Association of Arkansas Counties

1415 W. 3rd St.

10:30 a.m.

April 11, 2012

Eureka Springs 

Eureka Inn

101 E. Van Buren Street

10:30 a.m.

 

All meeting locations are wheelchair accessible. Persons needing interpreters or other accommodations are requested to telephone the Arkansas Economic Development Commission at 501-682-7392 and speak to Basil Julian so that arrangements can be made in advance.

The comment period will extend for 30 days beginning on March 18, 2012, and ending at 4:30 p.m. on April 18, 2012. Public comments will be considered in the final draft of the Consolidated Plan, which will be submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on May 1, 2012.

To be considered in the final plan, written comments must be received during the 30-day public comment period. Written comments may be addressed to:  Consolidated Plan Annual Update, Grants Management Division, Economic Development Commission, 900 W. Capitol Ave., Suite 400, Little Rock, Arkansas 72201. The deadline to submit comments to the Economic Development Commission at the above address is 4:30 p.m. on April 18, 2012.

Copies of the Consolidated Plan are available and may be reviewed at the county judge’s office in each county courthouse or at the library of every two-year and four-year college. Citizens may view the plan online at www.arkansasedc.com

For more information, contact Basil Julian at 501-682-7392 or email bjulian@ArkansasEDC.com.

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