Salem Mayor Kimberley Driscoll announced the availability of the city of Salem’s Draft Action Plan for Fiscal Year 2020, July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020, which outlines priority activities for anticipated Community Development Block Grant and Home Investment Partnerships Program funding.

This funding, provided through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, assists income-eligible households and low- to moderate-income neighborhoods through a variety of programs, services and improvements. The draft plan translates into action the goals and strategies established in the 5-Year Consolidated Plan, which was completed following an extensive public participation process in 2015, and considers citizens’ comments received at an initial public hearing held on Jan. 17.

Mayor Driscoll said, “Many of Salem’s neighborhood improvements and economic development activities are undertaken with CDBG funding. Salem’s lower income residents, its seniors, persons with disabilities and people who are homeless or on the verge of homelessness are particularly in need of the affordable housing and social service programs we are able to provide through these federal funds.”

The plans were made available for a 30-day comment period beginning on May 30. During this period, a public hearing will be held on at 6 p.m. June 20 in the first floor conference room in Salem City Hall, 98 Washington St., Salem. The purpose is to provide an opportunity for Salem residents, businesses and organizations to comment on the draft plan. Interested parties may also provide written comment addressed to the city of Salem Department of Planning and Community Development no later than June 28, 2019. Copies of the Draft Plan are available for review at the Salem Public Library, Salem Housing Authority and at the DPCD.

The plan will also available for download at https://bit.ly/SalemStudiesReports. The final plan will be submitted to HUD in July.