SUMMER 2013 HOUSING Highlights A quarterly newsletter for Housing and Community Development CITY RECEIVES HUD FUNDING NOTIFICATION Mesa has been notified by the U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that it will be receiving $4,303,709 for the 2013-2014 fiscal year. The final awards are: • Community Development Block Grant (CDGG): $3,164,427 • Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME): $907,559 • Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG): $231,723 The awards are approximately $86,000 lower than what was earlier anticipated. HUD notified the City’s Housing and Community Development Department to expect a reduction in funding because of the sequestration. The City also has $1.2 million in CDBG funds that are reallocated from prior year funds. The funds are used for housing and community development activities that primarily benefit low and moderate-income residents and assist in the prevention or elimination of slum or blighting influences. MESA RECEIVES 50 VOUCHERS TO ASSIST HOMELESS VETERANS The City was recently notified by the U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that it is receiving $303,784 to provide 50 HUD-Veterans Affairs’ Supportive Housing (VASH) vouchers to serve chronically homeless veterans and their families in Mesa during the 2013-2014 fiscal year. The veterans are referred to the City’s Housing and Community Development Department by the Veterans Administration (VA) in Phoenix. The City operates the HUD-VASH program, which provides rental assistance for homeless veterans, while the VA provides case management and clinic services at its medical centers and community clinics. Under the plan, which mirrors Section 8 guidelines, a veteran’s portion of the rent amounts to no more than 30 percent of their adjusted monthly income. For more information about the HUD-VASH voucher program, contact City of Mesa Housing Authority at (480) 644-3536 or the VA office in Phoenix at (602) 277-5551. 2-1-1 ARIZONA: GET CONNECTED, GET ANSWERS 2-1-1 Arizona was activated statewide Oct, 3, 2011 to provide guidance for those in need of health and human services in their communities. The Arizona Corporation Commission designated Community Information and Referral Services (CIR) to be the lead agency to provide health, human and community service information and referrals. 2-1-1 Arizona, which is operated 24/7, is the primary source of information for utility and rental assistance programs, homeless services, emergency food, transportation information, medical and mental health services, community services, volunteering and donating. 2-1-1 Arizona features a Spanish speaking call option and an easy database access through www.211Arizona.org. Since activating 2-1-1, CIR has seen a 100 percent increase in service requests, now totaling more than 1.2 million. 2-1-1 Arizona features a computerized database of more than 13,000 participating programs and more than 37,000 community services, including government, nonprofit organizations and self-help support groups.