The Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Anoka County has approved a new five-year plan. This plan is a requirement of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in order to receive funding to help those with low to moderate income.
Approval of the plan was unanimous and will help to add funding to the HOME affordable housing programs and the federal Community Development Block Grant. The plan will cover 2015 to 2019 and has been developed after extensive outreach to the public. Many of the most important community priorities were taken into consideration during the development of the new plan.
Overall, the department received 191 responses as they went through the different cities and held meetings and surveys. These 191 responses were put into a priority list and used to help develop the plan.
The new plan was important because HUD had made a few changes, which had to be addressed. One of the changes was eliminating the medium priority items from the plan. All items had to be listed in a high or low category of priority.
A high priority item is the acquisition of property for housing those with a moderate to low income. Other high priority items include:
- New Homeless Facilities
- New Parks and Recreation Facilities
- Street Improvements
- New Sidewalks
- New equipment for Fire Stations
- Water and Sewer Improvements
These goals will come first and will be the ones the county focuses on the most. Some services were also listed at high priority including, senior services, health services, mental health services, rental housing subsidies and assistance and transportation services.
Many other housing related items are also listed as a high priority within the new five-year plan. These include:
- Housing Construction
- Residential Rehabilitation of single and multi-unit homes
- Direct Home Ownership Assistance
Overall, this new plan will help build up the residential areas and help those in need of assistance with getting into their own home.