The city of Palmdale is encouraging residents to attend one of the upcoming public meetings to gather input regarding current housing, community, and economic development needs which will be used to help the city obtain important US. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grant funding.

The meetings will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 17, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Chimbole Cultural Center, 38350 Sierra Hwy., in Palmdale, and on Thursday, Sept. 19, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at SAVES, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, in Palmdale.

“You can help make sure that Palmdale receives its fair share of federal dollars by participating in these workshops and our online survey at www.cityofpalmdale.org/consolidated-plan,” said Trish Jones, community programs coordinator.

Each year, the city receives federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).   In the past, these funds have been used to rebuild the Courson Park Pool, improve sidewalks in residential neighborhoods, fund staffing at South Antelope Valley Emergency Services (SAVES) to provide food and essential services to the city’s most needy residents, and to build new apartments at the Courson Arts Colony.

To continue receiving these important funds, the city must prepare a five-year Consolidated Plan document that assesses community needs and outlines strategies to address those needs during program years 2020-2024.

“This is where community input is vital,” Jones said. “To accurately determine community needs and to inform local strategies, the city is asking Palmdale residents to provide their input by completing a resident survey for the CDBG and HOME programs.”