THDA seeks public comment on Action Plan, Fair Housing Analysis

NASHVILLE The Tennessee Housing Development Agency is accepting public comments for the next month on the State of Tennessee’s Annual Action Plan.

This document lays out plans for the HUD-funded 2018-19 housing and development work in the state. Comments are due by April 25.

The Annual Action Plan, which is updated every year to meet the goals in the five-year Consolidated Plan, covers federal grant dollars from HUD administered by the State for five formula programs.

Those programs include HOME Investment Partnerships, Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) and the National Housing Trust Fund (HTF), which are all administered by THDA. Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA), which is administered by the Department of Health, and the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program administered by the Department of Economic and Community Development are also included.

In 2017, Tennessee received approximately $42 million in funding from HUD to carry out these programs.

The Annual Action Plan can be reviewed and comments submitted through the Public Notice and Comment section of THDA.org. Once comments are accepted, the final draft of the plan will be certified by the Governor before being sent to HUD.

Additionally, THDA is inviting members of the public to take part in a survey that will be used to update the State’s Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice.

The Analysis, which is required by HUD to be updated every five years, examines housing data to see where impediments to fair housing may exist and will be used to inform plans to actively improve fair housing choice in Tennessee.

The public survey will be available at THDA.org through April 25. This survey will help inform the plan, which will be available for public comment later this spring.

A public hearing to obtain input on the Annual Action Plan and Fair Housing will be held April 12 from 11am to 1pm in the ground floor public hearing room of Andrew Jackson Building, 502 Deaderick St., Nashville, TN.

For more information or to comment on the Annual Action Plan or complete the fair housing survey, visit thda.org/about-thda/public-notice-and-comment

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