DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Consolidated Plan Public Meeting and Pennsylvania Housing Advisory Committee Meeting
[42 Pa.B. 35]
[Saturday, January 7, 2012]
The Department of Community and Economic Development (Department) is preparing a draft of the Action Plan for Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2012 for the Program Year that begins January 1, 2012, as well as a Substantial Amendment to the Fiscal Year 2011 Action Plan. The Substantial Amendment includes revisions to activities that were listed in the 2011 Action Plan that were to be funded and carried out in 2011 with the use of Federal funds. These Action Plans are an update of the Commonwealth's Consolidated Plan for FFY 2009-2013. Both documents must be submitted to, and approved by, the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the Commonwealth and organizations within this Commonwealth to receive funding under most HUD housing and community development programs. 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 Commonwealth's 2009-2013 Consolidated Plan addresses how the Commonwealth intends to allocate funds under the following programs: Community Development Block Grant, HOME Investment Partnerships, Emergency Shelter Grant, Community and Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS and the Neighborhood Stabilization Program Grant.
A public meeting will be conducted electronically by means of the Internet. The format will be more accessible than an in-person meeting because those who wish to make a comment or discuss policy may participate directly from their personal computer or from a computer location at their public library on Monday, January 23, 2012. Access to the discussion by means of the Internet will occur between 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. This more widely available personal computer access will replace the usual public meeting.
Any individual or organization may give testimony or comments by means of the Internet. Comments will be accepted about topics related to community development, housing, plans for the content of the Commonwealth's Action Plans for FFY 2012 and the process by which the public input is gathered. The Commonwealth encourages public participation in this process.
Anyone who wants to participate must register in advance, by visiting the Department's technical assistance page on its web site at http://www.newpa.com/strengthen-your-community/technical-assistance/index.aspx, and clicking on the link ''Action Plan Public Meeting—January 23, 2012,'' which is under the Consolidated Plan section. Individuals may also contact Daniel Fox at (717) 720-7412 to receive registration instructions for the Internet meeting at least 24 hours prior to the meeting date. During the meeting, if support is required, call (717) 720-7405. The meeting will be shortened if there is no one to testify or if there is minimal response.
Persons who have a disability and wish to participate in the public meeting should contact Daniel Fox, Department of Community and Economic Development, Commonwealth Keystone Building, 400 North Street, 4th Floor, Harrisburg, PA 17120-0225, (717) 720-7412 to discuss how the Department can accommodate their needs. Text telephone calls can be placed through the Pennsylvania AT&T Relay Service at (800) 654-5984. Calls will be relayed to the Department's number listed previously.
Action Plans will be available for public comment on the Department's technical assistance page on its web site. These documents will be available under the Consolidated Plan section beginning January 13, 2012.
Written comments, in lieu of Internet testimony during the Public Meeting, must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Friday, January 27, 2012. Submit written comments to Daniel Fox, Department of Community and Economic Development, Center for Community Financing, 400 North Street, 4th Floor, Commonwealth Keystone Building, Harrisburg, PA 17120-0225.
Pennsylvania Housing Advisory Committee Meeting
The Commonwealth has a Pennsylvania Housing Advisory Committee (PHAC) comprised of appointed members. The PHAC is responsible for reviewing Statewide housing, supportive services, needs and priorities as well as advising the Department in preparation of the Commonwealth Consolidated Plan and Annual Action Plans in the coordination of Federal, State and local resources to manage the implementation of this plan. A meeting of the PHAC will be held on Thursday, January 26, 2012, at 10 a.m. in the Board Room, Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, 211 North Front Street, Harrisburg, PA 17105. Meetings of the PHAC are open to the public under 7 Pa.C.S. (relating to Sunshine Act).
Individuals who want to participate in the PHAC meeting must register in advance by contacting Daniel Fox at (717) 720-7412 at least 24 hours prior to the meeting date. During the meeting, if support is required call (717) 720-7405.
Persons with a disability who wish to participate in the PHAC meeting and require an auxiliary aid, service or other accommodation to participate, should contact Daniel Fox, Department of Community and Economic Development, Center for Community Financing, Commonwealth Keystone Building, 400 North Street, 4th Floor, Harrisburg, PA 17120-0225, (717) 720-7412, to discuss how the Department may best accommodate their needs. Text telephone calls can be placed through the Pennsylvania AT&T Relay Service at (800) 654-5984. Calls will be relayed to the Department's number listed previously.
C. ALAN WALKER,
[Pa.B. Doc. No. 12-11. Filed for public inspection January 6, 2012, 9:00 a.m.]
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