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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 09-2282



Consolidated Plan for Federal Fiscal Year

[39 Pa.B. 7014]
[Saturday, December 12, 2009]

 The Department of Community and Economic Development (Department) proposes to adopt the Commonwealth's Action Plan for Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2010 and the Program Year that starts on January 1, 2010. The 2010 Action Plan (Plan) is an update of the Commonwealth's Consolidated Plan for FFY 2009-2013.

 The Plan updates documents previously submitted to the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). These documents include the nonhousing community development plan and any changes that the Department may have implemented concerning the HUD programs administered by the Commonwealth. The programs administered by the Department are the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships, Emergency Shelter Grant, Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS, Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Program (HPRP), Neighborhood Stabilization Program, and Community Development Block Grant—Recovery (CDBG-R).

 This summary is designed to provide an opportunity for 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 Development, Department of Community and Economic Development, 400 North Street, 4th Floor, Commonwealth Keystone Building, Harrisburg, PA 17120-0225. Written comments must be received by January 12, 2010 to be included as testimony in the Action Plan.

Public Hearing

 The public hearing on December 22, 2009, will be conducted electronically by means of the Internet, allowing greater accessibility for persons wishing to make comments or discuss policy. Internet access to the public meeting will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

 Individuals or organization may give testimony or comments by means of the Internet. Comments will be accepted about topics related to community development, housing, and the content of the Commonwealth's Draft Action Plan for FFY 2010, and the process by which public input is gathered. The Commonwealth encourages public participation in this process.

 Persons who want to participate must register in advance, by contacting Karen Overly Smith at (717) 214-5340, to receive registration instructions for the Internet meeting at least 24 hours prior to the meeting date. During the hearing, if support is required, call (717) 214-5340. The hearing will be shortened if no one testifies or if there is minimal response.

 Persons with a disability who wish to attend the public hearing should contact Karen Overly Smith, 4th Floor, Commonwealth Keystone Building, 400 North Street, Harrisburg, PA 17120-0225, or at (717) 214-5340, to discuss how the Department can accommodate their needs. Text telephone calls can be placed through the Pennsylvania AT&T Relay System at (800) 654-5984. Calls will be relayed to the Department's number listed previously.


 The Commonwealth's Plan is the annual update to the Five Year Consolidated Plan for FFY 2009-2013. This Action Plan will describe how the programs will be administered in 2010. HUD must approve this Plan for the Commonwealth and organizations within the Commonwealth to receive funding under most HUD housing and community development programs. Applicants for funding from Federal housing programs must obtain certification describing 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 type, 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 2009-2010 will be updated through this document. The most significant change is the inclusion of the Neighborhood Stabilization Program, which is a component of CDBG, and is designed to support neighborhood sustainability and address the housing foreclosure crisis. Funding was provided during FFY 2009 and the Department anticipates using much of those funds during 2010. The Plan also discusses anticipated use of funds under the CDBG-R Program as well as the HPRP. In addition, the Commonwealth will conduct an analysis of impediments to Fair Housing and will update its Commonwealth Fair Housing Plan.

Public Review

 The Consolidated Plan is available on the Internet or in hardcopy for public comment December 12, 2009, through January 12, 2010, at the locations listed:

 1. County Offices, the Department's Regional Offices, and Pennsylvania's 27 District Libraries: Call (717) 214-5340 for the locations.

 2. Audio Cassette copies of the Consolidated Plan can be obtained by contacting the Tri-County Branch of the Pennsylvania Association of the Blind: Harrisburg Area Radio Reading Services, 1800 North Second Street, Harrisburg, PA 17102, (717) 238-2531.

 3. The Draft Action Plan 2010 can be viewed on the Internet at The final plan will be made available again at these same locations following HUD approval.


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 09-2282. Filed for public inspection December 11, 2009, 9:00 a.m.]

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