Community Development Citizen Participation

The 2019-2023 Consolidated Plan is a collaborative process through which the community identifies its housing, homeless and community development needs; and establishes a vision, goals and strategies for achieving these needs. The plan also pinpoints how the money received from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will be utilized over the upcoming program year—taking into account the regulations governing these programs—to meet locally recognized needs.

The City of Mansfield is required by law to have a detailed Citizen Participation Plan that contains the City’s policies and procedures for public involvement in the Consolidated Plan process, and the use of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) and any other community development need monies granted to the City by HUD. The Citizen Participation Pan must be available to the public.

Citizen participation is a vital part of the Consolidated Plan process. Citizens, non-profit organizations and other interested parties must be afforded adequate opportunity to participate in the planning process. This includes:

  • Access to meetings
  • Access to information
  • Technical assistance as required
  • Public hearings to identify housing, community development needs and a review of proposed expenditures of funds, and
  • Timely response to complaints and grievances.

The following describes the guiding principles for citizen participation by the City of Mansfield in the implementation of the HUD Consolidated Plan.

Encouraging Public Participation

The law requires that our Citizen Participation Plan both provide for and encourages public involvement, emphasize involvement by low to moderate-income people—especially those living in low to moderate-income neighborhoods. Also, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) anticipates that the City of Mansfield will take actions that are appropriate to encourage participation by minorities, Non-English speaking individuals, and people with disabilities.

Copies of this Citizen Participation Plan, as well as summaries of basic information about CDBG and HOME, and the Consolidated Planning process may be made available in the languages of residents who comprise a significant portion of the low to moderate income population. Currently, the City of Mansfield has materials in English only. Residents needing resources in other languages are welcome to contact City staff.