DeKalb seeks residents' input on how to best use community grant money

The DeKalb Municipal Building Friday July 6, 2018.
The DeKalb Municipal Building Friday July 6, 2018.

DeKALB – The city is asking for residents to share their ideas on how to best support low- and moderate-income residents and improve blighted areas with grant money it receives annually from the federal government.

DeKalb residents are being asked to fill out a community needs survey by Nov. 15 to help guide city staff as they plan the best way to use a $400,000 federal Community Development Block Grant.

The survey can be found at http://bit.ly/CommunityNeedsSurvey; printed copies are available at the DeKalb Municipal Building, 200 S. Fourth St., the office at University Village, 722 N. Annie Glidden Road, or the DeKalb Public Library, 309 Oak St.

The city is in the process of developing a new consolidated plan for the funds that will cover 2020 through 2024. The plan must fulfill requirements for the grant, such as benefiting the poor, eliminating blight in the city or meeting an urgent need in the event of a natural disaster, according to the release.

For more information, contact Joanne Rouse, community services coordinator, at joanne.rouse@cityofdekalb.com or call 815-748-2366.

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