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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 20-488



Substantial Amendments to the 2017—2019 and Proposed 2020 Annual Action Plans

[50 Pa.B. 1934]
[Saturday, April 4, 2020]

 The Commonwealth will amend the methods of distribution (MOD) for the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)-approved 2017—2019 Annual Action Plans and proposed 2020 Annual Action Plan for the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) allowing for more flexibility in response to the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Details of the amendments are listed as follows. The changes to the MOD constitute major changes to the Annual Action Plans submitted or proposed to HUD thus requiring a substantial amendment to each year's Action Plan, an additional 30-day citizen comment period and a public hearing. This notice starts the citizen comment period which runs from Sunday, April 5, 2020, through Monday, May 4, 2020. There is no change in the allocations of any of the HUD grant contracts.

 The proposed amendments for the 2017—2019 and proposed 2020 Annual Action Plans are as follows:

 a. Remove the Department of Community and Economic Development's (Department) minimum allocation percentage for the rapid rehousing activity (40%) from each ESG grant MOD.

 b. Add, in each program year, no more than 60% of the annual Federal allocation may be used for emergency shelter activities (including operations, essential services and street outreach).

 c. Remove Department maximum of 20% of allocation for emergency shelter activities (operations, essential services and street outreach) and remove cap of operational support as a percentage of overall operating budget.

 d. Allow Balance of State (non-Federal entitlement) subgrantees to request modifications to their existing contracts for these years, based on specific and locally identified needs, to any allowable ESG activity. (Revisions may not exceed HUD threshold for emergency shelter activity at 60%.)

 e. Allow Federal direct-entitlement ESG grantees to request modifications to their existing contracts or seek funding in these years for either rapid rehousing activities or homeless prevention activities. Rapid rehousing must still represent at least 40% of the overall use of ESG funds for direct entitlement communities only.

Public Hearing for the Substantial Amendments to the 2017—2019 and Proposed 2020 Annual Action Plans

Date: Wednesday April 22, 2020
Time: 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
By means of: Skype for business or conference call ONLY

 Individuals can join the public hearing by connecting to Skype for business. The Conference ID is 344896648.

 Individuals can join the public hearing by phone at +1 (267) 332-8737. The dial-in number is PIN 344896648#.

 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, at (717) 787-5327 or TDD at (717) 346-0308 to discuss how the Department can accommodate their needs.

Public Comment

 Comments on the substantial amendments to the 2017—2019 and proposed 2020 Annual Action Plans may be electronically submitted to the Department by means of the following mailbox RA-DCEDcdbghomequestions@ Comments will also be accepted by telephone by calling (717) 787-5327. Written comments may be submitted to Megan L. Snyder, Center for Community and Housing Development, Department of Community and Economic Development, 400 North Street, 4th Floor, Commonwealth Keystone Building, Harrisburg, PA 17120-0225. All comments must be received by 4 p.m. on May 5, 2020, to be included as testimony in the plans that will be submitted to HUD no later than May 8, 2020.


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 20-488. Filed for public inspection April 3, 2020, 9:00 a.m.]

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