The Citizens Advisory Council (CAC), a nine-member volunteer board composed of city residents, plays a key role in the planning process for the Community Development & Housing Department (CD&H). CAC members are appointed by the Mayor and City Council, and are limited to two consecutive two-year terms. The CAC was established in April 1974 to function as the primary citizen participation mechanism for projects planned and implemented with HUD funds. CD&H is responsible for providing administrative and technical support to the CAC. The CAC meets once a month (4th Thursday), and all meetings are conducted in an open manner, with freedom of access for all interested persons.
The Citizens Advisory Council reviews applications from community organizations for "public service" grants to conduct activities that primarily benefit citizens with low-to-moderate incomes. The CAC reviews the annual action plan for the use of HUD funds prior to City Council's review/approval and submission to HUD. They also conduct public hearings on community development activities as needed.