City seeks citizens to set priorities
The city of Superior is looking for your opinion as it develops its next consolidated plan. The plan is required to guide how the city uses Community Development Block Grant money for community improvement. "Every five years we have to do a conso...
The city of Superior is looking for your opinion as it develops its next consolidated plan.
The plan is required to guide how the city uses Community Development Block Grant money for community improvement.
"Every five years we have to do a consolidated plan," said Port and Planning Director Jason Serck. "And what that plan does is prioritize where our CDBG dollars go."
The community needs assessment asks the public to weigh in on a variety of issues, from housing and human services, efforts to fight poverty and homelessness, helping people with disabilities, seniors and youth, and what public service and infrastructure improvements are needed in the community.
The survey includes demographic information that doesn't identify the individual filling out the survey.
The community survey asks the public to prioritize a number of issues under each major category.
The needs assessment is available on the city's Web site and takes about five minutes to complete, Serck said.
Paper copies of the survey also are available at the Superior Housing Authority, Catholic Charities Bureau, Northwest Wisconsin Community Services Agency, Superior Public Library and the City Clerk's Office on the second floor of the Government Center.
"The survey is open to city of Superior residents only," Serck said.
As an entitlement community, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development provides annual grants to carry out a wide range of community development activities directed toward neighborhood revitalization, economic development and improved community facilities and services.
Entitlement communities develop their own programs and funding priorities and consult with local residents before making final decisions. All CDBG activities must meet one of the following national objectives: Benefit low- and moderate-income persons; aid in the prevention or elimination of slums and blight; or meet certain community development needs having a particular urgency.
However to weigh in on the way the city uses CDBG funding provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, people will have to act soon. The deadline to complete the survey is April 8.