JAMESTOWN – The Jamestown City Council planned for a special voting session on Monday night in order to approve the 2015-19 Consolidated Plan, a five-year strategic plan that is required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as part of the annual application for federal housing and development funding.
However, the plan was not acted on Monday and instead tabled until July because more information was needed for some portions of the plan. That’s according to city development director Vince DeJoy, who said his office sent the preliminary plan to the Buffalo office of HUD earlier this month and was told there was some questions about the data pertaining to the city’s homeless population.
“We are not able to get that information back in time for this meeting, to be able to include it in the plan,” DeJoy said. “It mostly had to do with homelessness and fair housing – none of the activities related to code or rehab that we directly are involved with – but still, we are responsible for administering and so we had to gather some of that data that previously had not been available.”
DeJoy added that the data will come from Chautauqua Opportunities. Once the information is updated and included in the plan, it will be voted on by the city council in July.
In addition to the five-year consolidated plan, the council was also going to approve the 2015 Action Plan, which includes details on how the federal Community development block grant and CDBG funding would be allocated. That too will be acted on in July.