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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 15-1725



Substantial Amendment to the 2015 Action Plan; Public Hearing

[45 Pa.B. 5795]
[Saturday, September 26, 2015]

 The Department of Community and Economic Development (Department) is amending the Commonwealth's 2015 Action Plan. The Action Plan is the annual application to the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for Federal funds administered by the Commonwealth. Annually the Department prepares the Action Plan which outlines the method of distribution for Federal funding received by the Department. This Federal funding includes the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), the HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME), the Emergency Solutions Grant, the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS, the Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery and the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) programs. The 2015 Action Plan for these funds was finalized and submitted to HUD on July 1, 2015. The items to be changed through this Substantial Amendment follow:

 • Corrects the percentage of CDBG funding to be used for the entitlement (88.35%) and competitive (9.65%) formula distribution of funds caused by the repayment to HUD of ineligible costs from the 2012 monitoring.

 • Description of the intended use of the recaptured funds and program income from NSP will be added to the resources for 2015.

 • Removes the 10% change requirement currently in place to trigger a substantial amendment to the plans. This leaves the minimum of a $1 million change to trigger the need and anything below will be handled with an amendment.

 • Additional detail of the required HOME resale/recapture stipulations to the guidelines.

 Interested persons may view the Substantial Amendment at (scroll to the bottom of the page) or request a copy by following the procedure under Written Comments.

Public Hearing

 The public hearing for the Substantial Amendment will be conducted by means of the Internet between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. on Tuesday, September 29, 2015. This more widely available computer access will replace the onsite public hearing. The format will be more accessible than an in-person meeting because those who wish to make comment or discuss policy may participate directly from their electronic device or from a computer located at their public library.

 An individual or organization may give testimony or comments by means of the Internet regarding the previously listed proposed changes. The Commonwealth encourages public participation in this process.

 Advance registration is required to participate. Contact Megan L. Snyder at (717) 720-7404 to receive registration instructions for the public Internet hearing at least 24 hours prior to the hearing date. During the hearing, if support is required, call (717) 787-5327. The hearing will be shortened if there is no one to testify or there is minimal response.

 Individuals with a disability or limited English proficiency who wish to participate in the public hearing should contact Megan L. Snyder, Department of Community and Economic Development, Commonwealth Keystone Building, 400 North Street, 4th Floor, Harrisburg, PA 17120-0225, (717) 720-7404 or TDD at (717) 346-0308 to discuss how the Department can accommodate their needs.

Written Comments

 Written testimony, instead of Internet testimony, must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Monday, October 5, 2015. Submit comments to Megan L. Snyder, Department of Community and Economic Development, Center for Community Financing, 400 North Street, 4th Floor, Commonwealth Keystone Building, Harrisburg, PA 17120-0225, RA-DCEDcdbg&


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 15-1725. Filed for public inspection September 25, 2015, 9:00 a.m.]

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