DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Consolidated Plan Public Meeting
[44 Pa.B. 3109]
[Saturday, May 24, 2014]
The Department of Community and Economic Development (Department) is preparing the Commonwealth's Consolidated Plan for 2014-2018 and the 2014 Action Plan. The Consolidated Plan (Plan) is a document submitted to the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) every 5 years analyzing the needs of the nonentitlement areas of the state in the areas of housing, community development, homelessness prevention and economic development, as well as creating a unified strategy for housing, homelessness and community development programs, as well as the necessary linkages for building successful neighborhoods and communities. The Action Plan is the annual application to HUD for Federal funds administered by the Commonwealth for the nonentitlement communities of this Commonwealth. The HUD funding programs covered by the Plan and administered by the Department are the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), the HOME Investment Partnerships, the Emergency Solutions Grant, CDBG Disaster Recovery and Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP 1 and 3) programs. The Department of Health administers the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS program.
The first public meeting for the 2014-2018 Consolidated Plan and 2014 Action Plan will be conducted electronically by means of the Internet on Thursday, May 29, 2014. Access to the discussion by means of the Internet will occur between 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. This more widely available personal computer access will replace the onsite public meeting. The format will be more accessible than in an in-person meeting because those who wish to make comment or discuss policy may participate directly from their personal computer or from a computer located at their public library.
Individuals or organizations may give testimony or comments by means of the Internet. Comments will be accepted about topics related to the needs of the Commonwealth in the following areas: community development; housing; homelessness; economic development; any changes to the method of distribution of the existing Federal programs; 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. Contact Megan Snyder at (717) 720-7404 to receive registration instructions for the web meeting at least 24 hours prior to the meeting date. During the meeting, if support is required, call (717) 787-5327. The meeting will be shortened if there is no one to testify or there is minimal response.
Persons with a disability who wish to participate in the public meeting should contact Megan Snyder, Department of Community and Economic Development, Commonwealth Keystone Building, 400 North Street, 4th Floor, Harrisburg, PA 17120-0225, (717) 720-7404, 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.
Written testimony, instead of electronic testimony, must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Monday, June 30, 2014. Submit comments to Megan Snyder, Department of Community and Economic Development, Center for Community Financing, 400 North Street, 4th Floor, Commonwealth Keystone Building, Harrisburg, PA 17120-0225 or by means of the Department's mail box at RA-DCEDcdbgemail@example.com.
C. ALAN WALKER,
[Pa.B. Doc. No. 14-1095. Filed for public inspection May 23, 2014, 9:00 a.m.]
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