2020 ANNUAL ACTION PLAN DRAFT AVAILABLE FOR REVIEW

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING AND PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD ON THE FIVE-YEAR CONSOLIDATED PLAN FOR THE STATE OF ARKANSAS, ADMINISTRATION OF THE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT PROGRAM, THE HOME INVESTMENT PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM, THE NATIONAL HOUSING TRUST FUND, THE EMERGENCY SOLUTIONS GRANT PROGRAM AND THE HOUSING OPPORTUNITIES FOR PERSONS WITH AIDS PROGRAM.

The State of Arkansas anticipates receiving approximately $32.8 million in grant funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) during the 2020 program year. The amount includes funding for the Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG), to be administered by the Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC); the HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME) and the National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF), to be administered by the Arkansas Development Finance Authority (ADFA); the Emergency Solutions Grants Program (ESG), to be administered by the Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS); and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS Program (HOPWA), to be administered by the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH).

The State has completed a draft of the Consolidated Plan for the 2020-2024 Program Years and 2020 Action Plan and hereby presents the draft for public review and comment. The comment period will extend for 30 days beginning on May 24 and will end at 4:30 p.m. on June 23, 2020. Public comments will be considered in the final draft of the Consolidated Plan, which will be submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on June 30, 2020. To be considered in the final plan, written comments must be received during the 30-day public comment period. Written comments may be addressed to: Arkansas Economic Development Commission, Attn: Grants Division, 1 Commerce Way, Ste. 601, Little Rock, AR 72202, or by email to Jean Noble, Plan Coordinator, at JNoble@ArkansasEDC.com. The deadline to submit comments at the above address is 4:30 p.m. on June 23, 2020.

A draft of the Consolidated Plan and Action Plan may be viewed online at here.

The Arkansas Consolidated Plan Committee will have one public hearing on the Consolidated Plan in the form of a webinar. RSVP (include your name and organization) to Dottie Boyles at DBoyles@ArkansasEDC.com for the meeting telephone number and dial in access code is required.

Date: June 10, 2020 Location: Virtual Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

If you are unable to attend the meeting, written comments may be mailed to the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, Attn.: Grants Division, 1 Commerce Way, Ste. 601, Little Rock, AR 72202, or by email to Jean Noble, Plan Coordinator, at JNoble@ArkansasEDC.com.

The public hearing will also include an opportunity for citizen comments on the Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice.

All meeting locations are wheelchair accessible. Persons needing interpreters or other accommodations are requested to telephone the Arkansas Economic Development Commission at 501-682-7682 so arrangements may be made in advance.

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