The City of Vancouver 2014-2019 Consolidated Plan provides an analysis of community needs and establishes priority objectives and long-range strategies to guide the allocation of housing and community development resources. The plan was developed through a careful community planning process with the involvement of primary community’s stakeholders and agencies.
The plan is now formatted through the required HUD e-Con Plan program designed to simplify reporting, maintain flexibility in funding eligible projects, consolidate and simplify program administration, and implement overall City Council direction.
The plan proposes strategies to implement the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development national objectives and the priorities of the City of Vancouver over the next five years, utilizing the grant resources provided through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program and the HOME Investment Partnership Program. The specific level of funding available and the uses of the funds are outlined in Annual Action Plans submitted to HUD each year.
Vancouver’s 2014 Action Plan is the first year of the 2014-2019 Consolidated Plan and marks the twelfth year as a CDBG entitlement city. July 1, 2014 will also be the start of sixth year that Vancouver will receive HOME entitlement funds. The Consolidated Plan coordinates public funding housing, neighborhood development, economic development, and public services into a unified approach. It establishes needs, resources, priorities, and proposed activities to be undertaken with respect to the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and the HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) Programs, along with other Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) programs. It is updated annually through the “Action Plan”, which provides information regarding the projects and funding for the upcoming year.
The 2013 Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER) provides a meaningful overview of the activities completed in the project year by the Vancouver CDBG, HOME and other federal programs and indicates the City’s progress in meeting the goals, objectives, and areas of high priority identified in the 5 year consolidated plan.
The 2013 CAPER summarizes the eleventh year for Vancouver as a CDBG entitlement city and the fifth year as a HOME Investment Partnership Program participating jurisdiction. For the Program Year 2013, Vancouver expended $1,231,024.70 in CDBG funds and $354,333.51 in HOME funds.
An Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice, or "AI", is a U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) mandated review of impediments to fair housing choice in the public and private sector. The AI is required for the City of Vancouver to receive federal housing and Community Development Block Grant funding.
The AI involves:
According to HUD, impediments to fair housing choice are: