COLORADO SPRINGS — The city of Colorado Springs is looking to its community members, "This is your city, these are your tax funds, this is your community, these are our communities," said Barb Van Hoy, Community Development Policy Analyst.
On Wednesday night, the city hosted a virtual meeting to discuss its pre-planning stages for next year's neighborhood investment block grant funds.
"This is just the beginning of the process for the action plan," said Van Hoy.
Once the action plan is completed, "It will available for public comment before it goes to the city for approval," said Van Hoy.
Previous years, the money has been distributed to help support affordable housing, homelessness prevention,
economic development, and improvements for low-income populations.
But with this year's pandemic, Van Hoy says it might look a bit different.
"All of the difficulties that people are facing are exacerbating all of those issues," said Van Hoy.
While most of the organizations will remain the same as previous years, many of the attendees on Wednesday night were first timers.
"Business owners, contractors, service providers, people who lost their jobs or are worried about losing their jobs, people who have lost their housing," said Van Hoy.
Van Hoy says approval on the plan will hopefully be completed by February of 2021 and begin by April.
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