San Marcos residents encouraged to take online needs assessment survey

San Marcos, CA – The City of San Marcos is encouraging residents to take a needs
assessment survey, which is now available on the City’s Web site.

The survey will help the City determine how it will invest its allotment of federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development(HUD). The CDGB program provides grants to cities and counties on a yearly basis to help develop viable urban communities through the provision of decent housing, a suitable living environment and by expanding economic opportunities for low- and moderate income persons. San Marcos expects to receive an allotment of approximately $700,000 from HUD each year for the next five years. Each city and county develops their own programs and priorities for using the funds. Priority must be given to activities that meet at least one of the three broad national objectives for the program and at least one of the local community development objectives established by each city or county. Residents will be asked to rate their perceived need level of several categories including housing, community facilities, infrastructure, economic development, public services, homeless services and special needs services for seniors and the disabled.
The needs assessment survey will be online from now until March 14, 2008.

Results fromthis survey will be incorporated in the City’s 2008-2013 Consolidated Plan that will be presented to the City Council on May 13, 2008. For more information, please call Housing and Neighborhood Services Director Karl Schwarm at (760) 744-1050, ext. 3137.

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