In conjunction with the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Partnership Act (HOME) Programs, the City of Independence is required by law to prepare a Consolidated Plan every five years for submittal to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The purpose of the Consolidated Plan is to provide an updated, community-based analysis of current demographic, economic, and public policy trends, and a timely reassessment of the needs of low and moderate income populations as related to housing, public service and various categories of community and economic development. This analysis, along with input received during a comprehensive citizen and stakeholder consultation process, forms the foundation of the City’s five year strategic plan for addressing unmet community needs. The strategic plan establishes specific goals and objectives to be achieved during the plan period, and lays the groundwork for identification and prioritization of specific activities that will receive CDBG and/or HOME funding assistance during implementation of the plan.
Each year of the five year strategy the City of Independence is required to prepare a one-year Action Plan to notify citizens and HUD of planned (funded) activities for the upcoming program year. Each annual Action Plan also takes into account citizen and stakeholder input collected during an annual citizen participation process, and all actions proposed for funding must relate directly to the adopted Consolidated Plan. Each Action Plan is due to HUD annually by May 15. The Action Plan serves as the City’s application for CDBG and HOME Program funds. Pending HUD’s approval of the Consolidated Plan and first year Action Plan, the City will receive Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) funds in an amount to be determined by federal formula.
At the end of each fiscal year, the City also presents HUD with a Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) that provides information on the year’s performance in the context of the 5-year plan and Annual Action Plan. This is submitted to HUD by October 1 of each year.
A draft of the Consolidated Plan will be available in March, 2015.
The City of Independence 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan will be prepared in accordance with 24 CFR Sections 91.100-91.230 of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Consolidated Plan regulations. Questions concerning the City's Consolidated Plan or input on the needs to be addressed during the plan can be directed to the Community Development Department Neighborhood and Housing Services Division at (816) 325-7397.