CHAMPAIGN — Council members this week will see a draft of a plan outlining the city's affordable and special housing needs and how officials hope to address any gaps next year.
The city council is scheduled to meet on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Champaign City Building, 102 N. Neil St., to discuss the so-called annual action plan. The plan is online here.
The plan is a document required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and sets strategies as city administrators look to spend up to $1.4 million in two federal housing grants during the next fiscal year, which starts in July.
Congress reduced one of those grants nearly 30 percent in the past decade. In 2001, $980,000 passed from the federal government to the city for housing programs. Next year, city officials expect to receive just more than $700,000.
According to city documents, city officials plan to use much of the money to continue existing housing programs. For example:
— $194,000 for assistance with emergency home repairs, accessibility improvements to homes and minor repairs for seniors.
— $67,459 for assistance to homeowners as city officials look to implement a plan to revitalize the Bristol Park neighborhood.
— $105,411 for the city's CommUnity Matters program, which provides after-school programs for students primarily in the Garden Hills neighborhood.
— $304,015 for improvements to the Bristol Park neighborhood, including public safety, transportation and park enhancements.