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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 02-1684



Action Plan for Federal Fiscal Year 2003

[32 Pa.B. 4731]

   The Department of Community and Economic Development (Department) proposes to adopt the Commonwealth's Action Plan for Federal Fiscal Year 2003 (Plan) and the program year that starts on January 1, 2003. The Plan is an update of the Commonwealth's Consolidated Plan for FFY 2000-2004 (Consolidated Plan). The Plan discussed in this notice is the third annual update of the Consolidated Plan submitted by the Commonwealth.

   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 four programs administered by the Commonwealth. The programs administered by the Department are the Community Development Block Grant, the Home Investment Partnerships and the Emergency Shelter Grant Programs. The Department of Health administers the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS Program.

   This summary is designed to provide an opportunity to citizens, local governmental officials and interested organizations of this Commonwealth to comment about the Plan. Written comments should be submitted to Karen Overly Smith, Center for Community Building, Department of Community and Economic Development, 400 North Street, 4th Floor Commonwealth Keystone Building, Harrisburg, PA 17120-0225. Written comments must be received by October 18, 2002, to be included as testimony or by November 1, 2002, to be included in the Plan.

   The public hearing has been scheduled as follows:

October 29, 2002
PUC Hearing Room No. 5
Commonwealth Keystone Building, Plaza Level
400 North Street
Harrisburg, PA 17120-0225
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

   Persons who wish to speak should 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. Contact Karen Overly Smith at (717) 214-5340 to schedule oral testimony no later than October 17, 2002.

   Persons with a disability who wish to attend the public meeting should contact Karen Overly Smith, 4th Floor Commonwealth Keystone Building, 400 North Street, Harrisburg, PA 17120-0225, (717) 214-5340, to discuss how the Department 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 previously.


   The Plan is the third update to the Consolidated Plan. This Plan will describe how the programs will be administered in 2003. HUD must approve this Plan for the Commonwealth and organizations within this Commonwealth 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 communities of this Commonwealth will undertake.


   The Consolidated Plan was recently updated. Updates include the Housing Collaboration Initiative which is expected to provide TANF funds to the Department for a housing rehabilitation program in the amount of $30 million for the year 2003.

Public Review

   The Consolidated Plan is available on the website or in hardcopy for public comment September 30, 2002, through November 1, 2002, at the following locations:

   1.  County Offices.

   2.  Department 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, 4th Floor Commonwealth Keystone Building, 400 North Street, Harrisburg, PA 17120, (717) 720-7302.

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

   Northwest Regional Office, 1200 Lovell Place Apartments, Erie, PA 16503, (814) 871-4241.

   3.  This Commonwealth'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

   4.  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.

   5.  The draft action Plan can be viewed on the Internet at

   The Plan will be made available again at these same locations listed in this notice following HUD approval.


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 02-1684. Filed for public inspection September 27, 2002, 9:00 a.m.]

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