City of Cincinnati 2020 – 2024 Consolidated Plan Public Participation Plan
The City of Cincinnati (City) is an entitlement jurisdiction that receives federal funds from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to support local community development and affordable housing activities. The federal block grant programs that provide these resources include the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), the HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME), the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), and the Housing Opportunities for Persons With HIV/AIDS Grant (HOPWA). As a condition of receiving these funds, the City of Cincinnati is required to submit a 5-Year Consolidated Plan, which outlines the City’s housing and community development needs and priorities, and an Annual Action Plan that identifies how the City plans to allocate the HUD funding to address those priority needs. HUD determines the amount of each grant by using a formula comprised of several measures of community need, including the extent of poverty, population, housing overcrowding, age of housing, and population growth lag in relationship to other metropolitan areas.
The City of Cincinnati is required as a recipient of these federal funds to have a detailed Public Participation Plan that contains the City’s policies and procedures for public involvement in the Consolidated Plan process and the use of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME), Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) and Housing Opportunity for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) funding. The Public Participation Plan must be available to the public. The purpose of this Public Participation Plan is to provide for and encourage residents to participate in the development of the City of Cincinnati’s Consolidated Plan, Annual Action Plan, any substantial amendment to the Consolidated or Annual Action Plan, the Assessment of Fair Housing, and the Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER).