DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
2002 Action Plan; Summary Notice
[31 Pa.B. 5374]
The Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) proposes to adopt the Commonwealth's Action Plan for Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2002 and the Program Year that starts on January 1, 2002. The 2002 Action Plan is an update of the Commonwealth's Consolidated Plan for FFY 2000-2004. The Action Plan discussed herein is the second annual update of the Consolidated Plan for FFY 2000-2004 submitted by the Commonwealth.
The 2002 Action Plan (the Plan) updates documents previously submitted to the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). These documents include the non-housing community development plan and any changes that DCED may have implemented concerning the four programs administered by the Commonwealth. The programs administered by DCED are the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), the Home Investment Partnerships (HOME), and the Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) programs. The Department of Health administers the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program.
This summary is designed to provide an opportunity to citizens, local governmental officials and interested organizations of the Commonwealth to comment about the Action Plan. Written comments should be submitted to Karen Overly Smith, Center for Community Building, Department of Community and Economic Development, 400 North Street, 4th floor Commonwealth Keystone Building, Harrisburg, PA 17120-0225. Written comments must be received by October 18, 2001, in order to be included as testimony or by November 1, 2001, to be included in the Action Plan.
The public hearing has been scheduled as follows:
October 24, 2001
PUC Hearing Room # 4
Commonwealth Keystone Building, Plaza Level
400 North Street
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17120-0225
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
* Note: The public meeting may be shortened if there is minimal response.
Anyone who wants to speak must call to schedule a time to give oral testimony at the hearing. The hearing will be shortened if there is no one to testify or if there is minimal response. Please contact Karen Overly Smith at (717) 214-5340 to schedule your oral testimony no later then October 17, 2001.
Anyone who has a disability and wishes to attend the public meeting should contact Karen Overly Smith, 4th Floor Commonwealth Keystone Building,400 North Street, Harrisburg, PA 17120-0225, (717) 214-5340, to discuss how the Department of Community and Economic Development can accommodate his/her needs. Text telephone calls can be placed through the Pennsylvania Relay System at (800) 654-5984. Calls will be relayed to the Department's number listed previously.
The Commonwealth's 2002 Action Plan is the second update to the Five Year Consolidated Plan for FFY 2000-2004. This Action Plan will describe how the programs will be administered in 2002. HUD must approve this Plan in order for the Commonwealth and organizations within the state to receive funding under most HUD housing and community development programs. Applicants for funding from Federal Housing programs must obtain certification that their Proposed use of HUD assistance will be consistent with the applicable Plan for the area. The Consolidated Plan creates a unified strategy for housing and community development programs as well as the necessary linkages for building successful neighborhoods and communities.
The Plan will have a major impact on the types, location and number of affordable housing units generated and preserved in the Commonwealth as well as the infrastructure and public facilities, services, and other economic and community development initiatives that Pennsylvania communities will undertake.
The Consolidated Plan for FFY 2001-2002 was recently updated. Updates include the notice of Building Code Enforcement Initiative funds in the amount of $250,000 which will be set aside from competitive CDBG funds and will be available for joint agency projects which implement the proposed State building code. Brownfields for Housing program is budgeted for $5 million. This program encourages development in previously developed areas in core communities. The Housing Collaboration provides TANF funds to DCED for a Housing Rehab Initiative in the amount of $5 million for each of two years.
The Consolidated Plan is available for public comment now through November 1, 2001, at the locations listed below:
1. County Offices
2. DCED Regional Offices:
Southeast Regional Office, 908 State Office Building, Broad and Spring Garden Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19130, (215) 560-2256.
Northeast Regional Office, 201 Samters Building, 101 Penn Avenue, Scranton, PA 18503, (717) 963-4571.
Northcentral and Southcentral Regional Offices, 4th Floor Commonwealth Keystone Building, 400 North Street, Harrisburg, PA 17120, (717) 720-7302.
Southwest Regional Office, 413 State Office Building, 300 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, (412) 565-5002.
Northwest Regional Office, 1200 Lovell Place Apartments, Erie, PA 16503, (814) 871-4241.
3. Pennsylvania's 27 District Libraries:
B. F. Jones Memorial Library, Aliquippa
Allentown Public Library, Allentown
Centre County Library, Bellefonte
Bethlehem Area Public Library, Bethlehem
Conococheague District Library, Chambersburg
Clarion District Library, Clarion
Bucks County Free Library, Doylestown
Easton Area Public Library, Easton
Erie County Library, Erie
Dauphin County Library, Harrisburg
Cambria County Library, Johnstown
Lancaster County Library, Lancaster
Delaware County Library, Brookhaven
Monessen Public Library, Monessen
New Castle Public Library, New Castle
Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library,
Free Library of Philadelphia, Philadelphia
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh
Pottsville Free Public Library, Pottsville
Reading Public Library, Reading
Scranton Public Library, Scranton
Warren Public Library, Warren
Citizen's Library, Washington
Chester County Library, Exton
Osterhout Free Library, Wilkes-Barre
James V. Brown Library, Williamsport
Martin Memorial Library, York
4. Audio Cassette copies of the Consolidated Plan can be obtained by contacting the Tri-County Branch of the Pennsylvania Association of the Blind: Patricia Summers, Coordinator, Harrisburg Area Radio reading Services, 1800 North Second Street, Harrisburg, PA 17102, telephone (717) 238-2531.
5. The Draft Action Plan 2002 can be viewed on the Internet at www.inventpa.com
The Plan will be made available again at these same locations following HUD approval.
SAMUEL A. MCCULLOUGH,
[Pa.B. Doc. No. 01-1724. Filed for public inspection September 21, 2001, 9:00 a.m.]
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