The Consolidated Plan is designed to help states and local jurisdictions to assess their affordable housing and community development needs and market conditions, and to make data-driven, place-based investment decisions.
The consolidated planning process serves as the framework for a community-wide dialogue to identify housing and community development priorities that align and focus funding from the four CPD formula block grant programs:
Units of local government must submit a 3 to 5 year Consolidated Plan and Annual Action Plans. Annual Action Plans should describe specific projects to be funded. See 24 CFR Part 91, Subpart D.
State governments must also submit a 3 to 5 year Consolidated Plan and Annual Action Plans. However, rather than describing specific projects to be funded, a State’s Annual Action Plan must specify its method of distributing funds to eligible units of local government and nonprofits, or the activities to be undertaken by the state-run programs in the coming year. See 24 CFR Part 91, Subpart D.
Units of local government that participate in a HOME Consortium must participate in submission of a Consolidated Plan for the consortium, which addresses the housing elements of the Consolidated Plan. The plan must also describe the non-housing community development plans of all CDBG entitlement communities that are members of a consortium. See 24 CFR Part 91, Subpart E.
Office of Fair Housing: As part of the Consolidated Plan, all grantees must certify that they will affirmatively further fair housing, which means conducting an Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (AI), taking appropriate actions to overcome the effects of any impediments identified through that analysis, and keeping records of these actions. The Fair Housing Planning Guide provides guides to grantees preparing their AI.
Office of Public and Indian Housing Public Housing Program: The Consolidated Plan regulations require grantees to create strategies to address the needs of public housing residents. The PHA Plan is a comprehensive guide to PHA policies, programs, operations, and strategies for meeting local housing needs and goals.
Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities: HUD’s Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities works to coordinate federal housing and transportation investments with local land use decisions in order to reduce transportation costs for families, improve housing affordability, save energy, and increase access to housing and employment opportunities.
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