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FIVE YEAR CONSOLIDATED PLAN, AND ANALYSIS OF IMPEDIMENTS TO FAIR HOUSING CHOICE

The City of Parkersburg and the Parkersburg/Wood County HOME Consortium is currently seeking information for the City’s 2020-2024 Five-Year Consolidated Plan and Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice. The Consolidated Plan is designed to assess affordable housing and community development needs and to inform data-driven, place-based investment decisions. This planning process serves as the framework for a community-wide dialogue to identify housing and community development priorities that align and focus funding from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program and HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) Program.

The Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (A.I.) is designed to improve community planning in order to overcome fair housing issues. The process begins with community participation and will result in the setting of fair housing goals to increase fair housing choice and provide equal access to opportunity for all community members. When completed, the A.I and Consolidated Plan will be used as a policy guide for making investments and other decisions in the local planning processes.

As part of the planning process, the City is conducting a survey to identify residents’ needs in the community, ideas on how residents would like to see funds utilized under the CDBG and HOME Programs and fair housing concerns. Please take a few minutes and complete this confidential survey to the best of your ability.  The link to the resident survey is: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CityofParkersburg.

Also, all interested residents are encouraged to attend a public hearing on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at 6:00 p.m., at the Parkersburg Municipal Building, Executive Conference Room 2nd Floor, One Government Square, Parkersburg, WV. Attendees will be given the opportunity to present oral or written testimony concerning the needs of the City of Parkersburg and the use of CDBG and HOME funds to address those needs over the next five (5) years.  Written comments may be addressed to Mr. Ryan Barber, Development Projects Administrator, City of Parkersburg, One Government Square, Parkersburg, WV 26101.

A special thanks to Urban Design Ventures (Homestead, PA) which is a private consulting firm working with the City to facilitate this planning process.

 

Contact:

Ryan Barber

Development Projects Administrator

P: 304.424.8542

E: ryan.barber@parkersburgwv.gov

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Construction to Start on JULEPS Accessible Playground Expansion Project

Construction on the expansion of the JULEPS Playground is slated to begin on Thursday, October 24, 2019.  Improvements include the installation of 3,600 square feet of synthetic turf and accessible playground designed for children of all abilities between the ages of 5 and 12.  Once completed, this playground will provide playground access to over 100 children. Work will start each day no earlier than 7:00AM and finish by 6:00PM in accordance with City Ordinance 0-621. Work is anticipated to be completed by November 30, 2019 (pending weather-related delays).

Funding for this project is made possible in part by The National Park Service, Land & Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and the City of Parkersburg.

A special thanks to the Junior League of Parkersburg for initiating the JULEPS Playground Phase 1. The Junior League was responsible for the first inclusive playground in Parkersburg and the City is proud to advance its original vision.

For questions regarding the construction schedule, please contact the Development Department at 304-424-8452. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate the public’s cooperation during the construction project.

Contact:

Ryan Barber

Development Projects Administrator

City of Parkersburg

P: 304.424.8542

E: ryan.barber@parkersburgwv.gov

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COPE Officer

The Community Development Block Grant provides funding for critical public services, which includes assistance to the City’s Community Oriented Police Enforcement (COPE) Program. This program has operated since 1996 and was continued again in 2017. It is the mission of the Community Oriented Police Enforcement (COPE) Unit to work with all citizens to preserve life, protect property, and promote individual responsibility and community commitment.  Our COPE Officer can be seen attending Neighborhood Watch meetings, addiction support groups, as well as numerous youth events throughout different neighborhoods.  Funds are also used to support expenses related to neighborhood bike patrols.  In 2017, the City of Parkersburg allocated $75,000 for this important program.

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