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MDA to Hold Public Hearings for Input on Housing and Community Development Programs

Jackson, Miss. (January 15, 2010) – The Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) announced today plans to hold public hearings throughout the state to obtain citizen input in the development of the 2010-2014 Consolidated Plan for Housing and Community Development Programs for the State of Mississippi. Hearings are scheduled as follows:

· January 20, 2010 at 9:30 a.m.

Tupelo, Miss.; Renasant Center for IDEAS (398 E. Main St.)

· January 20, 2010 at 3:00 p.m.

Greenwood, Miss.; Greenwood Chamber of Commerce Building (402 Highway 82 West)

· January 21, 2010 at 9:30 a.m.

Laurel, Miss.; City of Laurel Train Depot (230 Maple St.)

The National Affordable Housing Act requires states applying for direct assistance under certain U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) programs to have a consolidated plan for housing and community development programs. This consolidated, five-year plan is a comprehensive document that identifies a state’s overall needs for housing and community development and outlines a strategy to address those needs. In addition to the consolidated plan, states must also establish a one-year action plan that outlines the intended uses of resources. The one-year plan sets in place the state’s method of distribution for anticipated funds for federal programs including the HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) Program, Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program, Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) Program and Housing Opportunity for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) Program.

Local officials, citizens and community groups interested in providing input for these housing and community development programs are invited to attend. For more information about the public hearings, please contact Dr. Gloria Adams, manager of MDA’s Housing and Homelessness Bureau, at 601.359.3179 or gadams@mississippi.org <file:///C:%5CDocuments%20and%20Settings%5Calittle%5CLocal%20Settings%5CTemporary%20Internet%20Files%5CContent.Outlook%5CZT8C60KI%5Cgadams@mississippi.org> .

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