August 28, 2014


LAWT News Service


The Community Development Commission of the County of Los Angeles (CDC) invites residents to a series of five community meetings seeking input to develop and help shape the County’s annual “Action Plan.”  Individuals who live or work within the vicinity of the community meetings are encouraged to attend and articulate their local needs. 


The 2015-2016 Action Plan will disperse approximately $30 million in housing and community development funds, and it describes proposed funding activities, which can include, for example, childcare programs, services for senior citizens, homebuyer assistance and home repair programs, homeless services, low interest business loans, graffiti removal, and street and sewer repairs.


The approximate $30 million in funds originate from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, which requires the Action Plan.  The funds are broken down into the following three categories:


• Approximately $21 million from the Community Develop­ment Block Grant (CDBG) Program will fund a variety of services in low- and moderate-income communities.  Funding is contingent upon Congressional approval and, as the CDBG Program has experienced significant funding reductions since 2002, future funding levels are uncertain at this time.


• Over $6.6 million from the HOME Investment Partnerships Program, which supplies funds for housing rehabilitation, first-time homebuyer programs, and the construction of housing for low- and moderate-income households


• Over $1.7 million from the Emergency Solutions Grant Program that provides street outreach, emergency shelter, and homelessness prevention and rapid re-housing


The five community meetings will solicit input from residents, community organizations, and local interest groups.  Attendees will be asked to complete the “CDC Residents Survey,” which is also available on the CDC website at  The County will then use that input in developing the Action Plan.


For additional information on the meetings, contact Brian Talbot, environmental and planning specialist, at (626) 586-1752.


Individuals unable to attend the community meetings may submit written comments through Thurs­day, October 23, to Ray­mond Web­ster, development specialist, via e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , by fax (626) 943-3838, or mail (postmarked by October 23, 2014) to the Community Development Commission of the County of Los Angeles, Community Develop­ment Division-Grants Manage­ment Unit, 700 W. Main Street, Alhambra, CA  91801.

Category: Community