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City asking residents for feedback on housing needs

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

A city is inviting the public to join in a conversation about housing priorities, barriers and goals.

Residents in Cedar Rapids can come anytime to participate in hands-on activities that encourage the community to express how they'd like the City to prioritize funding.

The public can help allocate a handful of pennies and place their funds in various jars which represent community and housing needs, or assist with identifying populations in greatest need. The exercises will help provide valuable input on where the community would like to see resources prioritized.

Each year, the City receives nearly $1.4 million of funding through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership Programs. As funding availability continues to decrease, community input and dialogue serves as a valuable tool to assist with establishing priorities for these limited funds and meeting the needs of the community.

The public input process will assist the City in updating their five-year consolidated plan, which is required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in order for Cedar Rapids to receive federal housing and community development funding.

The open house will be held Thursday, January 22, from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the City Services Center (500 15th Avenue SW) in Time Check Hall.

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