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Roanoke seeking input for Melrose-Orange Target area for use of HUD funds

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ROANOKE (WSLS 10) - The city of Roanoke is seeking public input on how to best use money from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in the Melrose-Orange Target Area (MOTA).

The city is encouraging people to complete a brief survey so it knows what eligible activities are most in need.

This Northwest-Roanoke area incorporates 10th Street to 24th Street and Loudon Avenue to Hanover Avenue.

HUD funds, which are received annually by the city, are intended to serve low to moderate-income persons, provide economic opportunities, address blighting influences and meet public infrastructure needs. The city targets specific areas of the community to receive a majority of these funds to help revitalize neighborhoods, improve affordable housing, provide public services, and encourage private investment.

You can complete the survey by visiting https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MOTA2016. The deadline for submissions is Sept. 9.

Results of the survey will help city staff to program funds for Fiscal Year 2017-2018 into MOTA and the rest of the city, in order to maximize the benefits to be provided from the use of these funds.