The city is conducting a survey of residents to help set priorities for spending federal money it receives.

The survey is available online and asks people to rank 40-some priorities that the federal funds could be used for.

The money, totaling a few million dollars a year, comes from the Community Development Block Grant, HOME Investment Partnerships and Emergency Shelter Grant programs.

The survey is part of the process used to prepare the city’s five-year consolidated plan for submission next year to the federal Housing and Urban Development Department, which funds the programs.

Under federal guidelines, the funds are targeted to benefit primarily low and moderate income residents by providing decent housing, expanded economic opportunities and a suitable living environment including neighborhood revitalization.

The city is conducting a survey of residents to help set priorities for spending federal money it receives.

The survey is available online and asks people to rank 40-some priorities that the federal funds could be used for.

The money, totaling a few million dollars a year, comes from the Community Development Block Grant, HOME Investment Partnerships and Emergency Shelter Grant programs.

The survey is part of the process used to prepare the city’s five-year consolidated plan for submission next year to the federal Housing and Urban Development Department, which funds the programs.

Under federal guidelines, the funds are targeted to benefit primarily low and moderate income residents by providing decent housing, expanded economic opportunities and a suitable living environment including neighborhood revitalization.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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