Wisconsin Department of Commerce Newsletter
January 2004
Five-Year Wisconsin Consolidated Plan for Housing and Community Development
During 2004, the Department of Commerce, working with state agencies, local governments, non-profit housing providers, development professionals, private organizations, and Wisconsin citizens, will develop the 2005-2010 Consolidated Plan. The plan will identify housing, homeless, community and economic development needs and resources, and establish priorities and strategies for meeting those needs. The plan also consolidates the application process to secure federal funds earmarked to meet critical housing and community and economic development needs of the state's citizens. These HUD funds, which in a typical year total about $50 million, are made available through four formula grant programs: Small Cities Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME), Emergency Shelter Grants (ESG), and Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA).

The Consolidated Plan is designed to be a collaborative process. The final plan will be a culmination of an extensive participatory process, which will include meetings with individual groups, information sessions, public roundtables, written comment solicitations, and public hearings.

For more information on the Consolidated Plan visit http://www.commerce.state.wi.us/ or contact Jeanne Storm, 608/264-6110, jstorm@commerce.state.wi.us.

-- Jeanne Storm

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Please send comments or questions to Barbro McGinn, editor.

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