The Consolidated Plan is developed with active citizen participation and serves as the City's overall application for federal funds. This document examines housing and homeless needs, analyzes the existing housing market (City-wide as well as by neighborhood), sets out a five-year strategic plan, and establishes community development priorities. Annual Action Plans are developed each year during the life of this five-year document. Individual action plans also provide a basis for assessing the City's performance. Once in place, the Consolidated Plan provides guidance for the City's community development investment decisions, consistent with public concerns and needs.