The city of Ashland is currently undertaking an update of the five-year strategic plan for spending Community Development Block Grant funds.

The city of Ashland is currently undertaking an update of the five-year strategic plan for spending Community Development Block Grant funds.

The development of this plan, otherwise known as the Consolidated Plan, takes place every five years to establish the goals and spending priorities based upon the needs of Ashland's low- to moderate-income residents.

The city of Ashland receives more than $200,000 annually from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as CDBG funds. These funds can be used for a variety of housing and community development projects that benefit low- and moderate-income Ashlanders.

As part of the Consolidated Plan update process, the city is asking citizens, social service groups, elected and appointed officials and housing agencies to complete a survey about housing and community development needs in Ashland. Community participation in the survey helps accurately assess and prioritize community needs, and the information provided will be used in the Consolidated Plan update.

The survey can be found on the city of Ashland Web site at www.ashland.or.us/surveys.asp.

To request a hard copy of the survey, contact Linda Reid, housing program specialist, at 552-2043 or reidl@ashland.or.us. Surveys must be completed online or returned to 20 E. Main St., Ashland, OR 97520 by Nov. 30.

The Housing Commission will hold a public hearing on Dec. 17 to review the survey results and host a focus group meeting to discuss community needs. This will be the first of three public hearings to encourage public participation in the 2010-2015 Consolidated Plan process.

Public comments are encouraged throughout the process and can be provided in writing at anytime or as oral testimony at any of the public hearings. Written comments not delivered at the meetings should be sent to the Planning Department, Attn:

Linda Reid, Housing Program Specialist, 20 East Main St., Ashland, OR 97520. Comments can be sent by e-mail to reidl@ashland.or.us.

For more information, contact Reid at 552-2043.