Community Needs Survey & Consolidated Plan 2021-2025
Community Needs Survey & Consolidated Plan 2021-2025
2021-2025 Consolidated Plan Community Needs Survey
Purpose of the Consolidated Plan
The City of Kettering receives funding annually from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership (HOME) programs. One of the requirements for receiving such allocations is the development of a five-year Consolidated Plan for Housing and Community Development to provide policy direction for the next five years of funding decisions. In general, the Consolidated Plan is guided by three overarching goals that are applied according to the community's needs:
- To provide Decent Housing by preserving existing affordable housing stock, increasing the availability of affordable housing, reducing discriminatory barriers to housing, increasing the supply of supportive housing for those with special needs, and transitioning homeless persons and families into housing.
- To provide a Suitable Living Environment through safer, more livable neighborhoods, greater integration of low- and moderate-income (LMI) residents throughout the cities, increasing housing opportunities and encouraging reinvestment in struggling neighborhoods.
- To expand Economic Opportunities through more jobs that pay self-sufficient wages, homeownership opportunities, development activities that promote long-term community viability, and the empowerment of LMI persons and households to achieve self-sufficiency.
This Consolidated Plan corresponds to the next five program years, which begin January 1, 2021, and ends December 31, 2025. Three primary federal funding resources are discussed.
- Community Development Block Grant (CDBG): The primary objective of this program is to develop urban communities by providing decent housing, a suitable living environment, and economic opportunities, principally for LMI persons. Funds can be used for a variety of activities, including housing rehabilitation and construction, homeownership assistance, lead-based paint (LBP) detection and removal, construction or rehabilitation of public facilities and infrastructure, removal of architectural barriers for persons with disabilities, public services, rehabilitation of commercial or industrial buildings, and loans and grants to businesses. You can learn more about CDBG at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DlIGkM6Qu70
- HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME): The HOME program provides federal funds for the development and rehabilitation of affordable rental and ownership housing for LMI households. HOME funds can be used for activities that promote affordable rental housing and homeownership by LMI households, including rehabilitation and construction, homebuyer assistance, and tenant-based rental assistance. Learn about HOME through their FAQ guide at: https://www.hud.gov/sites/dfiles/CPD/documents/HOME-FAQs.pdf. The City of Kettering will apply for HOME dollars through the State of Ohio. These are called CHIP funds.
Summary of the objectives and outcomes identified in the Plan
In addition to the overarching goals of providing decent housing, a suitable living environment, and expanding economic opportunities, the development of the Consolidated Plan is guided with the requirement of meeting one of the three National Objectives which are the foundation of the HUD programs:
- Benefitting low and moderate-income persons;
- Addressing slum or blight; or
- Meeting a particular urgent community development need.
The Kettering Consolidated Plan describes the priority community development needs eligible for assistance under the CDBG, HOME, and ESG programs, including an assessment of housing, homelessness, public facilities, infrastructure improvements, public services, accessibility, historic preservation, economic development, and planning needs. The Consolidated Plan includes both long-term and short-term community development objectives that have been developed to address the goals of the CDBG, ESG, and HOME Programs, while meeting the National Objectives, all to be realized through the execution of the Consolidated Plan.
Evaluation of past performance
The City of Kettering's past performance in the administration and implementation of the CDBG, HOME, and ESG programs has fulfilled the requirements of the federal legislation that created these programs. Through years of effective planning, partnership, and monitoring, the programs have facilitated affordability for decent housing, availability and accessibility of a suitable living environment, the sustainability of a suitable living environment, and accessibility to economic opportunities in the greater-Dayton area. At the end of each program year, the City of Kettering each prepares the Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER). The CAPER identifies funds expended and activities undertaken throughout the program year to meet the goals established within the Consolidated Plan. The City of Kettering strives to meet the goals established in the Consolidated Plan and ultimately improve the lives of the citizens they serve.
Summary of the citizen participation process and consultation process
The City of Kettering will use surveys, virtual meetings, questionnaires, phone calls, and emails to engage residents, stakeholders, and sub-recipients. These will be used to find out about what is important in Kettering's low to moderate-income neighborhoods and low to moderate-income households.
Summary of public comments
Public comments will be accepted throughout the process and period end dates will be announced.
Identifying Priorities and Needs
The City of Kettering is seeking to identify priority needs and goals in order to determine funding priorities for the next five years.
You can assist the City by telling us how to best utilize our CDBG and HOME/CHIP funds in our community. What has changed in our community and what the priority needs should be the CDBG and HOME/CHIP funds utilized in the City of Kettering? The survey below will take about 5 minutes of your time.