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11/30/2020 CARES Act (CDBG-CV) Funding and  FY 2019 Annual Action Plan - Substantial Amendment 

As an entitlement community, the City of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania  (“City”) receives funding from U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through the Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG), HOME (HOME) Investment Partnerships Program, Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA), and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Program. Through the March 27, 2020 passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), Public Law 116-136, the City has also received CDBG-CV, ESG-CV, and HOPWA-CV allocations. The City will receive an additional round of Community Development Block Grant Coronavirus (CDBG-CV) funds in the amount of $3,112,342. 

The purpose of this public hearing is to present substantial amendments to the City of Pittsburgh’s FY 2019 Annual Action Plan for the use of the FY 2020 CDBG-CV # 3 funds. 

To expedite the disbursement of the City’s 2020 CDBG-CV # 3 funds, via 24 CFR 5.110, the CARES Act authorizes HUD to grant waivers to the public notice, public comment, and citizen participation plan requirements found in 24 CFR 91.105I(2) and (k), 24 CFR 91.115I(2) and (i) and 24 CFR 91.401. In accordance with the City of Pittsburgh’s Citizen Participation Plan and HUD’s regulatory requirement waivers (which reduce the minimum 30-day public comment period to a 5-day period), a virtual public hearing will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 to provide an opportunity for comment on proposed Substantial Amendments to its 2019 Annual Action Plan. The public hearing virtual location will be posted at https://pittsburghpa.gov/omb/omb-public-notices.  Please check our website at https://pittsburghpa.gov/omb/cd for more information.   

 

The funds allocated under the CARES Act may be used for a range of eligible activities that prevent and respond to the spread of infectious diseases such as the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The proposed activities must meet one of the three National Objectives as required by CDBG regulation: 

  • Benefit low-and moderate-income persons 
  • Aid in the prevention or elimination of slums or blight, and 
  • Meet an urgent need 

 

In addition, and for the purpose of an expedited use of the CDBG-CV funding, the bill eliminates the cap on the amount of funds a grantee can spend on public services, removes the requirement to hold in-person public hearings in order to comply with national and local social gather requirements, and allows grantees to be reimbursed for COVID-19 response activities regardless of the date the costs were incurred. The bill also allows grantees to apply the waiver of statutory regulations to 2019 and 2020 allocations. 

 

The City of Pittsburgh previously adopted its FY 2019 Annual Action Plan and Budgets for the use of CDBG funds.  In accordance with CDBG program regulations, the City of Pittsburgh is allowed to make substantial amendments to its Annual Action Plan and Budgets in accordance with the City’s Citizen Participation Plan. 

 

The City has determined that it is necessary to amend the approved CDBG program budget for the previously approved program year for FY 2019.  The funds will be reprogrammed from cancelled projects/activities to new projects/activities and/or increase funding for other previously approved projects/activities. 

 

These are considered substantial amendments in accordance with the City’s Citizen Participation Plan as the following applies: the scope, purpose, and location of the project activity have changed. 

 

The amendment to the FY 2019 Annual Action Plan is proposed as follows: 

 

CDBG-CV # 3 Activities: 

  • Emergency Rental Assistance$2,000,000 
  • Bryn Mawr (East Hills) - HVAC System$   250,000 
  • Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank$   281,171 
  • Jewish Family and Children Services - Food Bank$   281,171 
  • 412 Food Rescue$   300,000 

Total:$3,112,342 

 

Please be advised that effective Monday, November 30, 2020, a summary of the proposed Substantial Amendments to the City of Pittsburgh’s 2019 Annual Action Plan will be available for review and public comment on the City of Pittsburgh’s website https://pittsburghpa.gov/omb/omb-public-notices. The document will be on display on the City’s website from Monday, November 30, 2020 to Monday, December 7, 2020. To provide comments, please email community.development@pittsburghpa.gov. Written and verbal comments will be accepted no later than 4:00 p.m., Monday, December 7, 2020. Written comments may also be submitted to Whitney Finnstrom, Senior Manager, Office of Management and Budget, Community Development (OMB-CD), 200 Ross Street, Suite 201, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. 

 

7/31/2020 FY 2019 CONSOLIDATED ANNUAL PERFORMANCE AND EVALUATION REPORT (CAPER)

Notice is hereby given that the City of Pittsburgh intends to submit the FY 2019 Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on or before August 21, 2020.

In accordance with Title I of the National Affordable Housing Act of 1990, as amended, the City of Pittsburgh has prepared its Fiscal Year 2019 Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) for its Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), the HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME), the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), and the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) Programs. This report describes the level of housing assistance and other community development activities through grants from various Federal funding programs during Fiscal Year 2019 (April 1, 2019 through March 31, 2020).

Copies of the FY 2019 CAPER for the City of Pittsburgh are available for public inspection at the City of Pittsburgh website at https://pittsburghpa.gov/omb/community-development-documents, beginning Friday, July 31, 2020 through Friday, August 14, 2020.

All interested persons are encouraged to review the FY 2019 CAPER. Written comments should be addressed to the City of Pittsburgh’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Community Development Division, attention Mr. Whitney Finnstrom, Senior Manager, Community Development Division, 200 Ross Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. Oral comments may also be made by contacting Mr. Finnstrom at (412) 255-2211, his fax number is (412) 393-0151, his email is community.development@pittsburghpa.gov, and the TDD number is (412) 255-2222. Note that due to COVID-19 the best method of contact is via email. Written comments on the CAPER will be considered up to and including August 14, 2020.

Mr. Whitney Finnstrom, Senior Manager

Community Development Division, OMB

 

5/22/2020 Five Year Consolidated Plan for FY 2020-2024, an Annual Action Plan for FY 2020, and an Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice

The City of Pittsburgh, PA has prepared a Five Year Consolidated Plan for FY 2020-2024, an Annual Action Plan for FY 2020, and an Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice. The City intends to submit its FY 2020 Annual Action Plan in the amount of $14,239,211 for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds; $2,320,553 in HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) funds; $1,216,133 in Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funds; and $1,140,292 in HOPWA funds. 

The Consolidated Plan is a planning document required by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The Consolidated Plan requirements are designed to help states and local jurisdictions assess their affordable housing and community development needs and market conditions, and to make data-driven, place-based investment decisions. The consolidated planning process serves as the framework for a community-wide dialogue to identify housing and community development priorities and priorities for utilizing HUD funding. The City receives CDBG and HOME funding according to a federal formula annually due to its size, demographics and housing characteristics. 

The attached documents will be available for review for a period of 30 days beginning on Friday, May 22, 2020. Written or verbal public comments on these plans will be received until 4:00 P.M. on Monday, June 22, 2020 and should be directed to the City of Pittsburgh’s Office of Management and Budget, attention Mr. Whitney Finnstrom, Senior Manager, Community Development Division, at community.devevelopment@pittsburghpa.gov. The FY 2020 Annual Action Plan will be submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on or before June 30, 2020. 

In addition, a virtual public hearing will be held at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 to provide an opportunity for comment on the draft FY 2020-2024 Five Year Consolidated Plan, FY 2020 Annual Action Plan, and Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice. The public hearing virtual location will be posted soon. 

All interested persons, groups, and organizations are encouraged to participate in this virtual public hearing and will be given the opportunity to present oral testimony concerning the proposed plans and use of Federal funds under the FY 2020-2024 Five Year Consolidated Plan, FY 2020 Annual Action Plan, and Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice.