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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 99-1630



Five Year Consolidated Plan for Fiscal Years 2000--2004

[29 Pa.B. 4973]

   The Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) proposes to adopt the Commonwealth's Five Year Consolidated Plan for Fiscal Years 2000--2004 and the Action Plan for Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2000 and the Program Year that starts on January 1, 2000. The new Consolidated Plan is an update of the Commonwealth's Consolidated Plan for FFY 1995-1999.

   The Consolidated Plan for Federal Fiscal Years 2000-- 2004 (the Plan) updates the Commonwealth's Five Year Consolidated Plan for Federal Fiscal Years 1995--1999 and the subsequent Action Plans that have been previously submitted to the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The updated Consolidated Plan includes new goals and action steps and any changes that DCED may have implemented concerning the three programs administered by the Department. The programs administered by DCED are the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), the Home Investment Partnerships (HOME), and the Emergency Shelter Grants (ESG) programs. The Department of Health (DOH) administers the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program. The Plan also includes any changes implemented by DOH in the administration of the 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 Plan. Written comments should be submitted to Aldona Kartorie, Office of Community Development and Housing, Department of Community and Economic Development, Room 509 Forum Building, Harrisburg, PA 17120. Written comments must be received by 5 p.m. on October 26, 1999, to be included as testimony or by October 29, 1999, for inclusion in the Plan.

   The public hearing has been scheduled as follows: October 26, 1999, Forum Building, Room 321, Walnut Street and Commonwealth Avenue, Harrisburg, PA 17120, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

   *Note:   The public meeting may be shortened if there is minimal response.

   Individuals who want 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 Aldona Kartorie at (717) 720-7409 to schedule oral testimony no later then October 25, 1999.

   Individuals who have a disability and wish to attend the public meeting should contact Aldona Kartorie, Room 509 Forum Building, Harrisburg, PA 17120, (717) 720-7409, to discuss how the Department of Community and Economic Development can accommodate their 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 above.


   The Consolidated Plan for Federal Fiscal Years 2000--2004 is an update of the Commonwealth's current Consolidated Plan for Federal Fiscal Years 1995--1999. The Plan will describe how the Commonwealth plans to administer the programs over the next 5 years. 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 this Commonwealth as well as the infrastructure and public facilities, services and other economic and community development initiatives that Pennsylvania communities will undertake.


   There are changes in the overall strategy, goals and action steps, a new section pertaining to Public Housing Authorities, and a nonhousing economic development section. There are minor changes to the HOME and Community Development Grant Block Programs.

Public Review

   The Consolidated Plan will be available for public comment from October 1, 1999 through November 1, 1999 at the following locations:

   1.  Web Site: click on ''Improving Your Community,'' click on ''Housing and Infrastructure.''

   2.  County Offices

   3.  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, 576 Forum Building, Harrisburg, PA 17120, (717) 787-7247.

   Southwest Regional Office, 413 State Office Building, 300 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, (412) 565-5002.

   Northwest Regional Office, 212 Lovelle Place Apts., Erie, PA 16501, (814) 871-4241.

   4.  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

   5.  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, (717) 238-2531.

   The Plan will be made available again at these same locations following HUD approval.


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 99-1630. Filed for public inspection September 24, 1999, 9:00 a.m.]

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