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Pennsylvania Housing Advisory Committee Meeting; 2019—2023 Consolidated Plan and 2019 Annual Action Plan; First Public Hearing

[48 Pa.B. 5746]
[Saturday, September 15, 2018]

 The Department of Community and Economic Development (Department) is preparing the Commonwealth's 2019—2023 Consolidated Plan and 2019 Annual Action Plan. Both documents must be submitted to, and approved by, the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the Commonwealth to receive funding under HUD's housing and community development programs of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME), Emergency Solutions Grant Program (ESG), Housing Opportunities for People with Aids (HOPWA) and National Housing Trust Fund (HTF). The Consoli-dated Plan creates a unified strategy for these programs to address identified needs, as well as the necessary linkages for building successful neighborhoods and communities.

 As part of the planning process, the Department conducts various opportunities for citizens from across this Commonwealth to discuss or make known needs for housing, homelessness, economic and community development issues and develops goals for the programs that may affect the method of distribution of the Fiscal Years 2019—2023 funding.

First Public Hearing

 The first public hearing for the 2019—2023 Consolidated Plan and 2019 Annual Action Plan will be conducted electronically by means of the Internet on Thursday, September 27, 2018, at 2 p.m. This more widely available computer access will replace the onsite public hearing, though interested persons may attend the meeting in person at the Department offices on the 4th Floor, Commonwealth Keystone Building, E-Commerce Laboratory, Harrisburg, PA. The format will be more accessible than in an in-person hearing because those who wish to make comment or discuss policy may participate directly from their telephone, personal computer or from a computer located at their public library.

 Any individual or organization 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 including special needs; 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. In addition, a summary of the Fiscal Year 2017 accomplishments will be presented. The Commonwealth encourages public participation in this process.

 There is no registration, but individuals may join the public hearing directly using either of the following methods:

 Individuals can join the public hearing by going to https://copa.webex.com/copa/k2/j.php?MTID=t1d146fc0591bbb5535b7f9e1253d75df, then enter their name and e-mail address (or registration ID), then enter the session password: 4hV33E7?, then select ''Join Now'' and follow the instructions that appear on the screen. To view in other time zones or languages use https://copa.webex.com/copa/k2/j.php?MTID=t0875f968323980356e38a917a588d1de.

 Individuals can join the public hearing by the phone only call-in toll number for the United States or Canada at (650) 479-3208. Global call-in numbers are at https://copa.webex.com/copa/globalcallin.php?serviceType=TC&ED=722068897&tollFree=0, then use access code: 648 670 503.

 To add this public hearing to a calendar program, for example Microsoft Outlook, select https://copa.webex.com/copa/k2/j.php?MTID=t06576ab9504149067efc7a609c63087c. Individuals who cannot join the public hearing should use https://collaborationhelp.cisco.com/article/qg8vzfb.

 This hearing will be recorded for public record. The hearing will be shortened if there is no one to testify or there is minimal response.

Written Comments

 Written testimony, instead of Internet testimony, must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Friday, December 7, 2018, for review for consideration for the Consolidated Plan or Action Plan, or both. 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, RA-DCEDcdbg&homequestions@pa.gov.

Pennsylvania Housing Advisory Committee

 The Pennsylvania Housing Advisory Committee (Committee) is responsible for reviewing: housing; community development and support services; needs and priorities; as well as advising the Department in the preparation of the Commonwealth's Consolidated Plan; annual action plans; and the coordination of Federal, State and local resources to manage the implementation of these plans in the Commonwealth.

 As part of the planning process for the Consolidated Plan for 2019—2023 and 2019 Annual Action Plan, the Committee will be meeting in an open, public forum to discuss the needs of the Commonwealth in terms of housing including special needs, community development, homelessness and economic development. Reports from the six Department regions will be presented on the needs in their respective areas of this Commonwealth. There will also be a presentation of the performance of the 2017 Program Year for the CDBG, HOME, ESG, CDBG-Disaster Recovery, Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP 1 and 3), HOPWA programs and HTF.

 Persons who wish to attend the Committee meeting may use the following information to join. There will be WebX capability to attend the meeting remotely, as well as conference calling.

Topic: PHAC Meeting
Host: DCED CHD
Date: Thursday, October 4, 2018
Time: 1:30 pm, Eastern Daylight Time (New York,
 GMT-04:00)
Where: Commonwealth Keystone Building, 1st Floor,
 Keystone Meeting Center, Desert Room, Harrisburg,
 PA 17120-0225

Session number: 646 365 374
Session password: QAuBVs$4

 Individuals can join the Committee meeting by going to https://copa.webex.com/copa/k2/j.php?MTID=t638b6be1a60f990fc9eeedc2de2c5bbf, then enter their name and e-mail address, then enter the session password: QAuBVs$4, then select ''Join Now'' and follow the instructions that appear on the screen. To view in other time zones or languages, use https://copa.webex.com/copa/k2/j.php?MTID=t9ea3fb4a9dae2161ba60e42c4444ee50.

 Individuals can join the Committee meeting by phone only by the call-in toll number for the United States or Canada at (650) 479-3208. Global call-in numbers are at https://copa.webex.com/copa/globalcallin.php?serviceType=TC&ED=722070597&tollFree=0, then use access code: 646 365 374.

 To add this Committee meeting to a calendar program, for example Microsoft Outlook, select https://copa.webex.com/copa/k2/j.php?MTID=ta82c4b0f0228a4bdc1d191c6fb23b2c8.

 For assistance with either the public hearing or the committee meeting individuals can contact the Department CHD, kapossinge@pa.gov, (717) 720-7350.

 Persons with a disability or limited English proficiency who wish to attend the public hearing or the Committee meeting and require an auxiliary aid, service or other accommodation to participate, should contact Megan Snyder, Department of Community and Economic Development, Center for Community Financing, Commonwealth Keystone Building, 400 North Street, 4th Floor, Harrisburg, PA 17120-0225, (717) 720-7404 or TDD (717) 346-0308, at a minimum of 72 hours before the meeting to discuss how the Department may best accommodate their needs.

DENNIS M. DAVIN, 
Secretary

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 18-1454. Filed for public inspection September 14, 2018, 9:00 a.m.]



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