Ocean County Seeks Community Needs, Housing, and Fair Housing Surveys

ConPlan Surveys Offer Communities Opportunity to Influence Fed Housing and Community Development Funding

The Ocean County Department of Planning in cooperation with the Ocean County Housing Advisory Committee (CHAC) is requesting assistance in completing three surveys.

All three surveys are dedicated to providing input toward the Ocean County Planning Department ‘s Five-Year Consolidated Plan. The deadline to complete the surveys is Tuesday, January 14.

Consolidated Plans, also known as ConPlans, help states and local jurisdictions assess their affordable housing and community development needs and market conditions and make data-driven, place-based investment decisions.

The Consolidated Planning process serves as the framework for a community-wide dialogue to identify housing and community development priorities that align and focus funding from the four U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Planning and Development (CPD) formula block grant programs. These programs include the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME), Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) Programs. States, large cities, and urban counties that receive any of these grants must have a ConPlan.

ConPlans are updated every five years and submitted to HUD. All projects and initiatives funded over the planning period must tie back to the policies and priorities outlined in the plan. Advocates can use the ConPlan to influence how federal housing and community development dollars are spent in their communities.

These three surveys for Ocean County may be completed anonymously. Input from the community, agencies and citizens helps prioritize federal funds for activities that will benefit low- and moderate-income households and/or geographic areas.

Any questions about the surveys can be directed to: Robin Florio in the Ocean County Department of Planning at (732) 929-2054 or rflorio@co.ocean.nj.us.