Addressing the Community's Needs
The Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development annually allocates a series of grants to local jurisdictions for community development activities. As a requirement to receive these entitlement grants, Title I of the National Affordable Housing Act mandates that jurisdictions prepare a 5-year Consolidated Plan (PDF) that identifies local community development needs and sets forth a strategy to address these needs. The Consolidated Plan must address both affordable housing and non-housing related community development needs. The needs are targeted to low-income persons or low-income areas.