Monday is the last day for Dayton-area residents to give feedback on a five-year plan for community development that addresses issues like safety and blight. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development gives out millions in funds under several grant programs based on what’s called a consolidated plan, which Dayton and Kettering submit jointly. Dayton’s planning director, Aaron Sorrell, says the purpose of the five-year HUD plan is to “assess the community’s needs from all angles,” including infrastructure, housing and workforce development. Much of the money received from HUD goes to demolition, but it also covers public housing and safety programs as well as road and bridge upgrades.
As part of planning for the 2016-2020 consolidated plan, the city is required to get public feedback. But a new group called Neighborhoods Over Politics says Dayton hasn’t done enough to reach regular people, especially on the west side, about what the priorities should be.
“Everyplace else seems to be getting their needs met, but no matter how loud the people over here yell, scream and holler for help, they’ve been ignored,” says Yvette Kelly Fields, director of the Wesley Community center. Read more here