Henrico seeks public input on community development needs

The Henrico County Department of Community Revitalization will hold a public hearing Thursday, March 8 to help guide the county’s use of federal housing and community development funds over the next five years.

The public hearing will be held at 6 p.m. at the Fairfield Area Library, 1001 N. Laburnum Ave.

Henrico will use the input of residents and other community members to prepare the 2018-19 Annual Action Plan, which will propose uses of federal Community Development Block Grant Program, HOME Investment Partnerships Program and Emergency Solutions Grant Program funds. Henrico will submit the plan to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development this summer, pending approval by the Board of Supervisors. Residents are encouraged to provide feedback on the performance of the county’s community development programs and the 2016-17 Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER).

In the past, Henrico has received more than $2 million from the federal grant programs each year for services, programs, facilities and other assistance to low- and moderate-income residents, as well as people who are homeless or have other special needs. The funds have supported a variety of initiatives, including housing improvements, home purchase assistance, neighborhood recreation facilities and afterschool programs.

For information, call (804) 501-7640. To review the 2016-17 CAPER, go to henrico.us/revit/public-data.