How Does Community Participation Work?

Community development starts with community participation.  Niagara Falls Community Development, through its Citizen Participation Process, develops an annual Action Plan that lists and prioritizes local housing and non-housing community development needs.  This yearly Action Plan is guided by our 5 Year Strategic Plan that details are measurable goals for community development that have been submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  The 5 Year Strategic PLan identifies eight areas that guide our yearly action plans:

  • Street, Sidewalk, & Green Space Improvements
  • Crime Prevention Services
  • Youth Programs & Facilities
  • Workforce Development
  • Housing Rehabilitation 
  • Targeted Blight Clearance
  • Public Facility Improvements
  • Storefront/Local Business Investment

Each year, we host public meetings and take individual comments to gather community input into writing our yearly action plan.  We use your input to direct the programs and projects that we will fund for the year.  The draft action plan is then presented to the public and made available for public comment.  Again, we take your input and rework the action plan to fit the community's need.  The action plan is then submitted to City Council for a vote and then to HUD for final approval and disbursement of funds.

If you have any questions, please contact us at  For further details on our action and strategic plans, see the documents provided below:

2017 DRAFT Action Plan

The first draft of the 2017 Action Plan has been approved by Niagara Falls City Council and is now waiting for approval from HUD.  View the 2017 Draft Action Plan and Citizen Guide to the 2017 Action Plan below:

2017 DRAFT Action Plan
Citizen Guide to the 2017 Action Plan

If you have any questions or comments, please contact us at

2016 Action Plan

This action plan is our guiding document for the 2016 program year that is set to end on June 30, 2017.  Read the 2016 Action Plan HERE.

2015 Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER)

See what we accomplished through our 2015 Action Plan.  Read the 2015 CAPER HERE.

2015 Action Plan

This action plan is our guiding document for the 2015 program year.  Read the 2015 Action Plan HERE.

2015-2019 Consolidated Plan and Strategy

This is the overarching 5-year plan that will guide each of our yearly action plans.  Read the 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan and Strategy HERE.