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Posted October 2, 2020 | 11:50 AM

Help Shape Hillsborough County's Affordable Housing Focus

Survey seeks residents' feedback on biggest needs for housing, and economic and community development

Hillsborough County is asking residents for input on their biggest needs regarding housing, and economic and community development, through its Hillsborough County Housing and Community Development Needs Survey.

The anonymous survey seeks to find out residents' priorities when it comes to housing, economic development, and community development in Hillsborough County. County leaders will use the results when developing plans for how to allocate federal funding to best address those needs, including for the Five-Year Consolidated Plan and Annual Action Plan that are submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Residents can participate in the short online survey at publicinput.com/HCHousing. To take the survey in Spanish, visit publicinput.com/HCHousingEspanol.

Residents without online access can participate in the survey by texting "hchousing" to 73224 for an English-language survey or "hchousingespanol'' to the same number for a Spanish-language survey.

Hillsborough County receives funding each year from the federal government to invest in low-to-moderate income communities. The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME), and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) are some of the funding sources that Hillsborough County utilizes when investing in the community. CDBG funds may be used for public facilities and infrastructure projects, public services, affordable-housing related projects, homelessness, and economic development activities. HOME funds are used to provide affordable housing opportunities to low-income households. ESG funds are used to assist individuals and families who are homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless, regain stability in housing.

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