The Cities of Waterloo and Cedar Falls are in the process of developing a Consolidated Plan for 2020-2024 for the use of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME funds. The Consolidated Plan will identify the communities’ priorities for allocating these federal grant funds to housing and community development needs and priorities for the next five years. Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds are provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and must meet one of three national objectives: benefit low and moderate income citizens, aid in the elimination of slums and blight, and meet an urgent need.
The Cities are soliciting citizens’ comments relative to the Community Development Block Grant program. Specifically, how residents feel CDBG funds should be expended in the communities based on residents’ perceived needs. To gather opinions, the Cities have developed a survey to help understand what residents see as the most pressing current and future needs in terms of housing, homelessness and community development within the communities. The survey can be accessed online at www.surveymonkey.com/r/WCF-CDBG, through the cities’ websites, or paper copies can be obtained from both community City Halls. The survey will run through December 21st. Any person with a disability requiring special accommodations in order to complete the survey should notify Karla Organist at (319) 273-6524. Every effort will be made to provide reasonable accommodation to those persons requesting it. The survey is also available in Spanish for Persons with Limited English Proficiency.