The City of Gastonia’s Community Services Department will hold a community workshop for a community development study to identify priorities and affordable housing needs as part of its 5-Year Consolidated Plan. The plan is required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the City to receive federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) funds. The plan also assesses the current housing market, discusses characteristics of the City’s population, identifies community improvement priorities, and outlines a five-year plan to fund and implement them.
When: Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 6 p.m.
Where: Friendship Christian Church, 221 W. Bradley St., Gastonia
Input gathered at the workshop will help guide decisions by City staff, lenders, social services officials, and others working on affordable housing solutions. “We want to serve and enrich our community through various projects, including affordable housing construction that also involves our low- to moderate income residents,” said Tyler Davis, City of Gastonia grants manager.
During the past year, the City of Gastonia has targeted CDBG and HOME funds to upgrade paving at the Erwin Recreation Center walking track, construction of three new affordable housing homes, assisting qualified citizens with emergency housing repairs through home rehabilitation, and beginning the installation of public restrooms at a local recreation center.
The survey and additional information about the project are available at www.gastoniaconplan.com. Project updates will be posted to the website, and a draft of the study will be available in mid-2020.
Friendship Christian Church is ADA accessible. Anyone requiring accommodations or language interpretation services to participate in the workshop may contact Tyler Davis at or call 704-866-6906 prior to the meeting.