The City of Fort Wayne annually receives several different grants from the federal department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) . Typically, these grants can total between $3 million and $8 million. While each fund has a little different set of requirements for how it can be utilized, all of them are intended to improve the quality of life for low-and moderate-income citizens. Every five years, the City must submit a Consolidated Plan, which serves as the application to HUD for the funding. The Plan outlines what the community priorities are for these funds, and the various projects which will be supported by them. Each year, the City is required to update the Consolidated Plan with an Annual Action Plan. The public is encouraged to look through the Plan and to learn more about the planned projects and programs the City will support through its HUD dollars in the coming year.
Hard copies of the Plan are available for review at the desk of Community Development in Citizens Square, 200 East Berry, Suite 320, Fort Wayne, IN 46802 and at the Pontiac Branch of the Allen County Public Library, 2215 South Hanna Street, during regular business hours.
Key components of the Consolidated Plan include:
Consultation and Citizen Participation. Through the Consolidated Plan (often called the "Con Plan"), grantee jurisdictions engage the community, both in the process of developing and reviewing the proposed plan, and as partners and stakeholders in the implementation of CPD programs. By consulting and collaborating with other public and private entities, grantees can align and coordinate community development programs with a range of other plans, programs and resources to achieve greater impact. The Citizen Participation Plan sets forth the City of Fort Wayne's policies and procedures for citizen participation in its Consolidated Planning Process. The Plan identifies where notices will be published and within what timeframes for public review, comment and participation.
The Consolidated Plan. The 3- to 5-year Consolidated Plan describes the jurisdiction's community development priorities and multiyear goals based on an assessment of housing and community development needs, an analysis of housing and economic market conditions and available resources. Fort Wayne's current Consolidated Plan covers 2011-2015.
The Annual Action Plan. The Consolidated Plan is carried out through Annual Action Plans, which provide a concise summary of the actions, activities, and the specific federal and non-federal resources that will be used each year to address the priority needs and specific goals identified by the Consolidated Plan.
Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER). In the CAPER, grantees report on accomplishments and progress toward Consolidated Plan goals in the prior year.
Other plans or reports related to housing include: