Merrimack Valley – MA 2009 HUD Consolidated Plan Meeting 10/7/09 11a-1p

DHCD will be coming to the Merrimack Valley as part of 5 hearings across the State, a series of Public Outreach Meetings to discuss key Massachusetts Housing and Community Development Needs

Wednesday, October 7, 11 AM – 1 PM:  Andover Town Offices, 36 Bartlet St., Andover, MA

Every five years, Massachusetts produces a Consolidated Plan for HUD that details the Commonwealth’s needs and priorities, as well as strategies to meet those needs and priorities. Before writing this plan, we want to hear from citizens of Massachusetts. What should our chief priorities for housing and community development be? How effectively are we addressing these priorities? What changes need to be made? All are welcome to come share their views.

Questions for 2009 HUD Con Plan Meetings
Housing and Community Development Priorities

What are the key priorities for housing and community development for the Commonwealth, the region, and your community? How do you see these needs being identified at the local, regional, and state levels? What gaps exist in the way these priorities are currently identified and what would you recommend to fix these gaps? Topics may include, but are certainly not limited to, whether appropriate housing exists to support identified housing need, neighborhood stabilization, anti-foreclosure consumer protections, fair housing, zoning reform, affordable housing development, Smart Growth, and anti-homelessness strategies.

Recent Changes
What key changes in the housing and community development landscape have taken place since 2005? Has state, local, and regional policy addressed these changes? Topics may include, but are certainly not limited to, foreclosure, the general economic downturn, homelessness, and ARRA’s housing/community development investments.

Assessment
How effective are DHCD and other state agencies at working with local communities on housing and community development issues? How could these agencies be more effective? Topics may include, but are certainly not limited to, lines of communication, regulations around contracts and other official documents, ease of accessing DHCD information online, state relationships with different communities, and resource availability to historically underserved groups.

You can also go online to www.mass.gov/dhcd for more information about the process and submit comments to DHCDconsolidatedplan@state.ma.us
Also, feel free to contact us at the same email if you need any services provided at the hearings.

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