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Athens-Clarke County invites public comment on federal housing grant strategies

Athens-Clarke County is gearing up to refine its strategy for housing and community development as local officials seek public input on the upcoming fiscal year's spending for key federal grant programs.

Athens-Clarke County is gearing up to refine its strategy for housing and community development as local officials seek public input on the upcoming fiscal year's spending for key federal grant programs.

The Housing and Community Development Department has prepared its draft Consolidated Plan and Annual Action Plan, outlining objectives for the use of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Program funds from July 1, 2024, to June 30, 2025.

According to details published on the official ACC Government website, residents will have the opportunity to voice their opinions during public hearings scheduled for April 16 and May 7, 2024, at 6:00 p.m. in City Hall.

Those who prefer to submit their thoughts in writing have a window of opportunity from April 22 to ay 22, 2024.

Comments should be sent to Andrea Livingston at the Housing & Community Development Department either via email or through the Mayor and Commission's online agenda comment form.

An electronic copy of the draft document, titled "ACC AAP V_Draft 4.18.24," is available on the Housing & Community Development Department websitehttps://www.newsbreakapp.com/n/0sdvxceq?pd=017xrKyb&lang=en_US&s=i16&send_time=1714104214 allowing residents to review the proposed plans thoroughly at their convenience.

The pursuit of devising a comprehensive approach to address the housing and development needs of Athens' residents continues, as such plans are critical in determining the allocation of federal funds aimed at enhancing living conditions and bolstering economic opportunities within the community.

The distribution of the funds, dictated by the feedback and recommendations of local residents, signifies a collaborative effort to shape an environment reflective of the community's needs and aspirations.

For those who want a physical copy, the draft is available at the Housing and Community Development Department on Satula Avenue and the East Athens Development Corporation on McKinley Drive. This process offers various ways for people to get involved and contribute to the community's plans. CDBG and HOME programs have helped communities with challenges like affordable housing and infrastructure.



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How about we give our Federal Money to Madison County so they can build low income housing and attract people who need assistance to their county, not mine. Suggested in jest. Sorta.

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First, will they even actually listen to the comments? Second, will they follow the opinions expressed? My experience with the public comments in the past has not indicated that they really don't much care what the public thinks. Or whether what the public thinks is related to reality anyway.

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Your reality is different from those experiencing homelessness or facing eviction. No one cares that poor people make you uncomfortable.

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