By Tameka Kenan-Norman, City of Rocky Mount
The city of Rocky Mount typically receives a certain amount of funding known as Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME program grant funds from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). These funds address a wide range of activities, like building, buying or rehabilitating affordable housing for rent or homeownership. In order to receive this funding, the city is required to submit a consolidated plan and an annual action plan every five years and one year, respectively. However, HUD has delayed this year’s confirmed allocation amounts for these funds. As a result, public display and public meetings of the plans that will address housing and community development priorities will also be delayed.
Although the city of Rocky Mount will not be publishing the consolidated plan and annual action plan at this time, it has released a draft of its Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice. The document outlines factors which contribute to fair housing issues in the city and is available online at www.rockymountnc.gov/cd.
The document will remain in draft form and on display, with public comments being accepted, until the end of the required 30-day comment period for the consolidated plan and annual action plan. The specific date will be publicized once known. Discussion of the Analysis of Impediments will be included as part of required public hearings associated with the consolidated plan. Once the city is notified, additional details on the dates of the public comment period will be released.
For more information, call 252.972.1100.