A public review and comment period began October 26, to collect feedback on how U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funds are utilized in the state.

HUD requires states that receive certain HUD funds to prepare an Annual Action Plan. The state has prepared a draft Action Plan for 2015.

According to a news release from the Wyoming Business Council, the purpose of the plan is to describe resources expected to be available to address the needs identified in a larger consolidated plan; describe the method for and geographic distribution of funds; describe the activities the state plans to undertake to address housing, homelessness and other special needs activities, and community and economic development activities; as well as describe other actions it intends to take during the next year.

In Wyoming, the Annual Action Plan applies to the Community Development Block Grant program (CDBG), the HOME Investment Partnerships program (HOME), the Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG), the Continuum of Care (CoC), and the Housing for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program.

A webinar will be held Nov. 10 from 1:30-3 p.m. in Cheyenne at the Wyoming Business Council office located at 214 W. 15th St. Representatives from the Business Council, the Wyoming Community Development Authority, the Wyoming Department of Health and the Wyoming Department of Family Services will make presentations about the plan during this time.