Gwinnett soliciting comments on community needs, funding priorities for federal grants

The public can weigh in on needs in the community and funding priorities during public hearings held by Gwinnett County Wednesday, September 25 and Wednesday, October 2 as part of a federal grant application process.

Public comments are being solicited on the Proposed Federal Fiscal Year 2020 – 2024 Consolidated Plan, Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice, and FFY 2020 Annual Action Plan. The September 25 hearings will be at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, second floor, conference room C. The Oct. 2 public hearings will be at the same address, conference room A.

The Gwinnett County Community Development Program is required to submit to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development a multi-year Consolidated Plan that details community needs and funding priorities. This funding document is required to receive funds for Community Development Block Grants, the Home Investment Partnerships Program Grant, and the Emergency Solutions Grant.

The CDBG program works to ensure communities have decent, affordable housing and economic opportunities; to provide services to people who are elderly or with low to moderate income; and to create jobs through the expansion and retention of businesses. HOME provides grants to states and local governments for grants, loans, loan guarantees, and other forms of credit, rental assistance, or security deposits to help people build, buy, or rehabilitate affordable housing, often with local nonprofit groups. The Emergency Solutions Grant helps individuals and families quickly find permanent housing after experiencing a housing crisis or homelessness.

Final award allocations will be determined once HUD announces FFY 2020 allocations. The organizations listed in the plan are recommended for funding in FFY 2020 and are eligible to receive up to the maximum award amount in the organizations’ original funding request.

A summary of public hearing comments will be provided to the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners before they vote on the plan Tuesday, November 5.

The public can email questions or comments on the Proposed FFY 2020 – 2024 Consolidated Plan, Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice, and FFY 2020 Annual Action Plan to CDBGHUDPlanning@gwinnettcounty.com or comments can be mailed or dropped off in person at:

Gwinnett County Community Development Program
One Justice Square
446 West Crogan Street, Suite 275
Lawrenceville, GA 30046-2439

The comment period closes Friday, October 11 at 5:00pm.

Public Comment Form

Proposed FFY 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan, Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice, and FFY 2020 Annual Action Plan