U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Office of Community Planning and Development

Consolidated Plan Contact


Mesa's consolidated plan covers the non- housing component of it's HUD assisted community development actions for the next 5 years. Housing actions are contained in the Maricopa County HOME Consortium Consolidated Plan.

Action Plan

The City of Mesa is an entitlement community that participates in the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME), and Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) programs, as well as Section 8 and HOPE for Elderly Independence Rental Assistance Program. Infrastructure improvements, meeting public facility, public service needs, and redevelopment activities are the major areas of the non- housing activities annual plan. (For housing components see the Maricopa County Home Consortium Consolidated Plan.)

Citizen Participation

The City of Mesa conducted two public hearings while the Consolidated Plan was under development. Hearings were held in conjunction with the proposal application process for CDBG, HOME, and ESG programs. In addition to the two hearings, the City also had a public information meeting in the beginning of the application process; met with the Housing Advisory Board, the Neighborhood Development Committee of the Mesa United Way, Special Programs staff that administer the Community Aid Program and Mesa Housing Authority staff, and met with or provided information requested from other City departments, nonprofit agencies, private developers, and the general public. Surveys requesting input from citizens and nonprofit agencies representing low income and special needs persons distributed at public meetings and hearings held by the City as part of the federal CDBG/HOME/ESG application and consolidated plan process. Surveys were also distributed to providers of public services through the City of Mesa Community Aid Program, to the Housing Advisory Board, and to the Neighborhood Development Committee of the Mesa United Way. The City provided a thirty (30) day comment period for the Consolidated Plan from March 20 to April 20, 1995. No written comments were received. Comments made during public hearings on the consolidated plan as well as comments on proposed FY 1995/96 projects were considered by the City Council in approving final allocations.


Mesa is located 12 miles Southeast of Phoenix and covers 120 square miles. It is Arizona's third largest city and the fastest growing community in the nation. (Consult the Maricopa HOME Consortium Consolidated Plan for further descriptions.)



See the Maricopa HOME Consortium Consolidated Plan.

Housing Needs

See the Maricopa HOME Consortium Consolidated Plan.

Housing Market Conditions

See the Maricopa HOME Consortium Consolidated Plan.

Affordable Housing Needs

See the Maricopa HOME Consortium Consolidated Plan.

Homeless Needs

See the Maricopa HOME Consortium Consolidated Plan.

Public and Assisted Housing Needs

See the Maricopa HOME Consortium Consolidated Plan.

Fair Housing

Overall in the City of Mesa, the greatest impediments to Fair Housing are lack of adequate income, which is very closely correlated with education and job opportunities, and the availability of housing stock, particularly for large and small households and the elderly.

The City of Mesa adopted a Fair Housing Ordinance in March, 1992 and intends to actively promote its nondiscriminatory policies to its citizens throughout the coming fiscal year. This promotion results in greater awareness of Fair Housing laws, and lower tolerance of possible discrimination. In addition to improved public awareness, the City will continue to offer liaison services; and as needed, advocacy services to those who wish to pursue further action through a formal discrimination complaint process.

Barriers to Affordable Housing

The City will continue to promote and encourage partnerships in FY 1995/96 with the private sector, nonprofit providers, financial lending institutions, other public entities and funding sources, and the City itself in creating and maintaining affordable housing for all people. Public policies and actions affecting the approval of sites and other building requirements used in the approval process for the construction of publicly assisted housing are continually reviewed and modified as necessary to augment the availability of affordable housing. Where the City has the authority to affect the development of affordable housing and supportive services, it will continue to take a proactive stance.

Neighborhood preservation is a city wide focus as existing neighborhoods mature. The oldest areas of the City have and will continue to undergo revitalization using federal and local dollars for redevelopment and housing. CDBG funded activities are targeted into the areas of lowest income and highest minority concentrations. Because such a large percentage of housing stock has been built in the past 25 years, housing rehabilitation activities for FY 1995/96 will be concentrated in the designated CDBG target area, the oldest area of the City. An emergency/ minor home repair program will be available city wide to address the smaller deferred maintenance problems arising, such as roof repairs.

Lead-Based Paint

As a member of the Maricopa HOME Consortium, the City of Mesa will work closely with the Consortium to make every attempt to identify the extent of lead-based paint in its housing stock, specifically units built prior to 1978 that are occupied by low income families with children under 8 years of age. All participants in the City's federally assisted housing programs administered through City departments or local nonprofit subrecipient agencies are advised of potential lead based paint hazards. All receive the HUD brochure, "Lead-Based Paint, A Threat to Your Children". This material describes the hazards associated with lead paint particularly for small children.

Other Issues

See the Maricopa HOME Consortium Consolidated Plan.


See the Maricopa HOME Consortium Consolidated Plan.


Housing and Community Development Objectives and Priorities

See the Maricopa County Consortium HOME Consolidated Plan for housing and housing related goals and priorities.

Housing Priorities

See the Maricopa HOME Consortium Consolidated Plan.

Non-Housing Community Development Priorities

Non- housing priorities include; the restoration and revitalization of commercial properties in the Town Center, upgrading street lighting in low and moderate income neighborhoods to increase conditions of personal safety in public space, to expand recreational opportunities with park improvements and replacement of play ground equipment to meet ADA standards, and other public safety improvements.

Anti-Poverty Strategy

The City utilizes a comprehensive approach to address poverty among its most needy citizens. In addition to the goals delineated in its General Plan, the City encourages the coordination of public and private resources that assist in reducing the number of households in poverty. Three City divisions; Community Development, the Mesa Housing Authority, and the Office of Special Programs administer programs that help those in poverty achieve self sufficiency.

Overall, interactions with public service agencies, nonprofits, private developers, other governmental agencies, and City divisions that develop and manage affordable housing and support services have created strong networks. The partnerships formed are productive, regional in nature, and treat poverty related issues in a much more comprehensive and coordinated manner. This comprehensive approach has had the impact of increasing the capacity of programs that jointly reduce, or assist in reducing, the number of poverty level households.

Housing and Community Development Resources

HUD Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)                   $3,559,000

HUD Emergency Shelter Grant  (ESG)                               $112,000

HUD HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME)                   $747,707

HUD Section 8 vouchers and certificates                       $24,686,000

HUD Housing Opportunities for People Everywhere (HOPE) for Elderly Independence

City of Mesa general funds

Mesa United Way

State of Arizona Housing Trust Funds

private donations, interest write downs, reduced fees, etc. (See the Maircopa HOME Consortium Consolidated Plan)

Coordination of Strategic Plan

See the Maricopa HOME Consortium Consolidated plan for housing coordination.


Description of Key Projects

Community Development Activates - street lighting in the CDBG Target Area, park and other public facility improvements, redevelopment of the Town Center through neighborhood street lighting, rehabilitation of commercial properties. Rehabilitation funds are to be provided to eligible businesses, that are required to have matching dollars, through a loan program managed by the local Town Center Corporation and will address the removal of slum and blight within this qualified redevelopment area. Other non-housing activities include public services for the visually impaired through the Sun Sounds program for purchase of specialized radio equipment. Construction of a job training facility for developmentally disabled and SMI persons will be done by the MARC Center.


Projects are primarily located in the CDBG Target Area which is generally bounded by Horne Street on the east, Extension on the west, Eighth Street on the north, and Eighth Avenue on the south. The designated Target Area is the oldest area of the City and contains the original square mile known as Town Center. Generally found here are the older housing stock, lowest income households, and areas where homeless tend to congregate for housing and support services.

Lead Agencies

The City of Mesa administers the CDBG, HOME Investment Partnership, and ESG programs. The Mesa Housing Authority administers the Section 8 vouchers and certificates, and HOPE for Elderly Independence programs.

HOME funds are allocated on a prorata basis to the City of Mesa through the Maricopa HOME Consortium. See the Consortium's Consolidated Plan for a description of how the funds are to be administered.

Housing Goals

See the Maricopa Home Consortium Consolidated Plan.


MAP 1 depicts points of interest in the jurisdiction.

MAP 2 depicts points of interest and low-moderate income areas.

MAP 3 depicts points of interest, low-moderate income areas, and minority concentration levels.

MAP 4 depicts points of interest, low-moderate income areas, and unemployment levels.

MAP 5 depicts points of interest, low-moderate income areas, unemployment levels, and proposed HUD funded projects.

To comment on Mesa's Consilidate Plan, please contact:

Kathleen Savagian
City of Mesa
P.O. Box 1466
55 North Center Street
Mesa, Arizona 85211
(602) 644-2168

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