The City of Williamsport receives Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME funds from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Our objective is to develop a viable community by providing decent housing, improving our living environment, and expanding economic opportunities, principally for low and moderate income persons and areas.
PROPOSED FY 2020-2024 FIVE-YEAR CONSOLIDATED PLAN, FY 2020
ANNUAL ACTION PLAN AND AMENDED CITIZEN PARTICIPATION PLAN
In accordance with federal regulations at 24 CFR Part 91, the City of Williamsport has prepared a Consolidated Plan for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development and Planning programs. This document, known as the Consolidated Plan (CP), is a requirement for direct assistance under certain HUD funding programs. The CP covers the five-year period from 2020 through 2024. As part of the CP process, the City has prepared the Action Plan for the Fiscal Year 2020 program, which outlines how the City intends to expend an estimated $1,004,158.00 in federal Community Development Block Grant funds (CDBG), and $318,214 in HOME Investment Partnerships Program funds (HOME).
Additionally, pursuant to the citizen participation requirements of 24 CFR Part 91 and 24 CFR Part 5, the City has also amended its Citizen Participation Plan as it relates to the administration of the CDBG and HOME programs funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
In order to obtain the views of citizens, public agencies and other interested parties, the City has placed its proposed Five-Year CP and FY 2020 Annual Action Plan on public display in the following locations during normal operational hours beginning on October 17, 2019:
- Office of Community Development, City Hall, 245 West Fourth Street, Williamsport, PA 17701
- James V. Brown Library; 19 East Fourth Street; Williamsport, PA 17701
- Lycoming County Housing Authority; 505 Center St; Williamsport, PA 17701
- City of Williamsport website: cityofwilliamsport.org
The information will be available for public review for 30 days. Public comment on the plans can be directed to the City of Williamsport Department of Community and Economic Development, 245 West Fourth Street, Williamsport, PA 17701.
The FY 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan and FY 2020 Annual Action Plan contain the following major components:
- Identification of housing and non-housing community development needs and priorities over the next five years within the City.
- Identification of federal and non-federal resources reasonably expected to be made available to address needs identified in the Five-Year CP for FY 2020-2024.
- An Annual Plan which identifies activities that will be undertaken to address priority needs and local objectives for FY 2020, which runs from January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020. The estimated use of funds are as follows:
Street Reconstruction $300,000
Removal of Architectural Barriers $ 75,000
Lose Park/Young’s Woods $250,000
American Rescue Workers $ 15,236
Public Facilities Program Delivery $ 51,047
Public Services $ 19,847
Single Family Housing Rehab $155,538
Hand. Access Housing Rehab $ 15,000
Housing Rehab Program Del. $169,461
Certified Housing Dev. Org. $ 30,482
Blight Elimination $ 19,607
Program Administration $221,154
The budget is based on estimates and may change according to final allocations. Differences between the estimated grants and the final amounts will be accounted for by making adjustments to exiting project allocations.
The City will hold a public hearing on Thursday, November 7, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. in City Council Chambers, 245 West Fourth St., Williamsport, PA to obtain final comments on the proposed Five Year Consolidated Plan, the FY 2020 Annual Action Plan and Amended Citizen Participation Plan. Persons interested in the use of the above identified funding sources are encouraged to attend the final public hearing and provide oral or written testimony. Persons requiring special accommodations can make arrangements by contacting the City Department of Community and Economic Development.
The City Council is expected to act on the proposed FY 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan, the Annual Action Plan for FY 2020 and the Amended Citizen Participation Plan on November 21, 2019 at the regularly scheduled Council meeting at Williamsport City Council Chambers, 245 West Fourth St., Williamsport, PA. The final FY 2020-2024 Five-Year Consolidated Plan, Annual Action Plan for FY 2020 and the amended Citizen Participation Plan will be submitted to HUD for review and approval once HUD provides the City with final funding allocation amounts for each program.
Publication Date: October 7, 2019
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The City offers programs to assist eligible owners make repairs to their home, make accessibility improvements such as ramps, and help you become a homeowner with a home buyer GAP assistance program.
Funds also are available for street reconstruction, park renovations and a variety of other eligible infrastructure projects. Programs and activities are limited to the City of Williamsport. Income limits apply in most cases.
Federal regulations require at least 70% of CDBG funds benefit low- and moderate-income persons. HOME funds must, through housing related activity, benefit lower income City households. All activities must meet a national objective, meet funding guidelines and be consistent with the goals and objectives of the City of Williamsport’s Consolidated Plan.