The City of Utica is in the process of drafting its 5-year Consolidated Plan for the program years starting on April 1, 2020 and ending on March 31, 2025.  The Consolidated Plan details the manner by which the City intends to allocate tens of millions of dollars over the next five years to address assistance to low- to moderate-income persons, families and neighborhoods, as well as addressing homelessness, housing and the elimination of blight.

In order to determine the priorities for the federal funding that the City expects to receive over the next five years, the City has begun a comprehensive effort to elicit opinions from the general public.  As has been custom in the past, the City will conduct three (3) public meetings throughout the CDBG Target Area, including:

·         Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at 7:00 PM at West Side Senior/Community Center, 717 Court Street, hosted by the West Utica Citizens Forum

·         Monday, February 3, 2020 at 6:30 PM at St. Mary of Mt. Carmel/Blessed Sacrament, 648 Jay Street, hosted by the East Utica Concerned Citizens

·         Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at 6:30 PM at UNHS Empowerment Center, 230 James Street, hosted by the Cornhill Neighborhood Association

In addition, the City of Utica has developed the following survey as an additional means through which the public can make their feelings known on a variety of issues that could impact the type of projects and activities that receive federal funding in the coming years.

All survey responses are anonymous; no identifying information is attached in any way to responses.

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* 1. Please indicate the interest(s) that you represent (check all that apply):

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* 2. If you identified as a Community Service Provider, how would you best describe the organization that you represent?

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* 3. In your opinion, rank the following economic development activities in terms of what is most critically needed in the City of Utica (1 is the highest priority; 5 is the lowest priority).

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* 4. In your opinion, rank the following affordable housing needs in terms of what is most critically needed in the City of Utica (1 is the highest priority; 6 is the lowest priority).

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* 5. In your opinion, rank the following homelessness needs in terms of what is most critically needed in the City of Utica (1 is the highest priority; 4 is the lowest priority).

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* 6. In your opinion, rank the following community development needs in terms of what is most critically needed in the City of Utica (1 is the highest priority; 8 is the lowest priority).

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* 7. Fair housing, as defined in the Fair Housing Act of 1968, prohibits discrimination in the buying, selling, renting or financing of housing on the basis of race, skin color, sex, national origin, religion, familial status and disability.

On a scale of 1 to 10, how knowledgeable do you believe the residents of your community are about Fair Housing rights and laws (10 being most knowledgeable)?

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* 8. In your opinion, rank the following possible barriers to affordable housing in terms of the most critical issues present in the City of Utica (1 is the most prevalent barrier; 7 is the least prevalent).

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