2014 CAPER

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2014 Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) for the City of Reading, Pennsylvania CR-05 - Goals and Outcomes

Progress the jurisdiction has made in carrying out its strategic plan and its action plan. 91.520(a)

 

This could be an overview that includes major initiatives and highlights that were proposed and executed throughout the program year.

 

The statistics in Table 1 and Table 2 show that the the City of Reading is making significant progress in meeting it's five year Consolidated Plan goals. 2014 was the first year of the five year Consolidated Plan period. The most significant initiative undertaken in 2014

(which is not listed in the table) occured in the expansion of the economic opportunity goal category. The City issued a Section 108 Loan to the developer of the new DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel at 7th and Penn Streets. The loan amount was $1,749,930. The loan requires the creation of 50 jobs. It is anticipated that the new hotel will create a total of 150 jobs. The 9 story hotel will have 208 rooms, a green roof, meeting space in two ballrooms, an amphitheater, and smaller meeting rooms.

 

Comparison of the proposed versus actual outcomes for each outcome measure submitted with the consolidated plan and explain, if applicable, why progress was not made toward meeting goals and objectives. 91.520(g)

Categories, priority levels, funding sources and amounts, outcomes/objectives, goal outcome indicators, units of measure, targets, actual outcomes/outputs, and percentage completed for each of the grantee’s program year goals.

 

 

Goal

 

Category

 

Source / Amount

 

Indicator

 

Unit of Measure

Expected

Strategic Plan

Actual – Strategic Plan

 

Percent Complete

Expected

Program Year

Actual – Program Year

 

Percent Complete

Code Enforcement Area Building Improvements

Code Enforcement

CDBG:

$170000

 

Other

 

Other

 

12500

 

8834

 

70.67%

 

100

 

8834

 

8,834.00%

Commercial Facade Improvements

Non-Housing Community Development

CDBG:

$80000

Facade treatment/business building rehabilitation

 

Business

 

20

 

0

 

0.00%

 

4

 

0

 

0.00%

 

Crime Prevention

Non-Housing Community Development

CDBG:

$226000

Public service activities other than Low/Moderate Income Housing Benefit

Persons Assisted

 

49867

 

49867

 

100.00%

 

49073

 

49867

 

101.62%

 

Demolition of deteriorated buildings

Non-Housing Community Development Demolition and Clearance

 

CDBG:

$330000

 

Buildings Demolished

 

Buildings

 

40

 

18

 

45.00%

 

8

 

18

 

225.00%

Development of additional affordable housing

Affordable Housing

HOME:

$797601

 

Rental units constructed

Household Housing Unit

 

15

 

0

 

0.00%

 

 

0

 

Development of additional affordable housing

Affordable Housing

HOME:

$797601

Homeowner Housing Rehabilitated

Household Housing Unit

 

 

0

 

 

16

 

16

 

100.00%

 

Development of additional affordable housing

Affordable Housing

HOME:

$797601

Tenant-based rental assistance / Rapid Rehousing

Households Assisted

 

10

 

0

 

0.00%

 

 

0

 

Expansion of economic opportunities

Economic Development

CDBG:

$100000

 

Jobs created/retained

 

Jobs

 

100

 

0

 

0.00%

 

 

0

 

Expansion of economic opportunities

Economic Development

CDBG:

$100000

 

Businesses assisted

Businesses Assisted

 

12

 

1

 

8.33%

 

10

 

1

 

10.00%

 

Fair Housing

Housing Availability and Housing Discrimination

 

CDBG:

$13000

Public service activities other than Low/Moderate Income Housing Benefit

 

Persons Assisted

 

1750

 

667

 

38.11%

 

350

 

667

 

190.57%

 

Homeless and Special Needs

Homeless Non-Homeless Special Needs

CDBG:

$22000 / ESG:

$207105

Tenant-based rental assistance / Rapid Rehousing

 

Households Assisted

 

 

0

 

 

50

 

405

 

810.00%

 

Homeless and Special Needs

Homeless Non-Homeless Special Needs

CDBG:

$22000 / ESG:

$207105

 

Homeless Person Overnight Shelter

 

Persons Assisted

 

2500

 

541

 

21.64%

 

300

 

541

 

180.33%

 

Homeless and Special Needs

Homeless Non-Homeless Special Needs

CDBG:

$22000 / ESG:

$207105

 

Homelessness Prevention

 

Persons Assisted

 

1000

 

358

 

35.80%

 

200

 

358

 

179.00%

Public facilities/infrastructure improvements

Non-Housing Community Development

 

CDBG:

$220000

Public Facility or Infrastructure Activities other than Low/Moderate Income Housing Benefit

 

Persons Assisted

 

1000

 

79073

 

7,907.30%

 

2

 

4

 

200.00%

Public Information Dissemination

Public Information Dissemination

CDBG:

$40500

Public service activities other than Low/Moderate Income Housing Benefit

Persons Assisted

 

79073

 

79073

 

100.00%

 

79073

 

79073

 

100.00%

 

Retain existing housing stock

 

Affordable Housing

CDBG:

$481000

/ HOME:

$

 

Homeowner Housing Rehabilitated

Household Housing Unit

 

50

 

0

 

0.00%

 

 

0

 

 

Retain existing housing stock

 

Affordable Housing

CDBG:

$481000

/ HOME:

$

Housing Code Enforcement/Foreclosed Property Care

Household Housing Unit

 

13500

 

8834

 

65.44%

 

2700

 

8834

 

327.19%

 

Retain existing housing stock

 

Affordable Housing

CDBG:

$481000

/ HOME:

$

 

Other

 

Other

 

 

0

 

 

6

 

0

 

0.00%

 

Youth Services

Non-Housing Community Development

CDBG:

$75000

Public service activities other than Low/Moderate Income Housing Benefit

Persons Assisted

 

325

 

333

 

102.46%

 

65

 

333

 

512.31%

Table 1 - Accomplishments – Program Year & Strategic Plan to Date

 

Assess how the jurisdiction’s use of funds, particularly CDBG, addresses the priorities and specific objectives identified in the plan, giving special attention to the highest priority activities identified.

 

*Please note: The amounts indicated by an asterisk are a combination of the City of Reading’s and the County of Berks goals in the Joint City County Consolidated Plan.

 

High Priority - Code Enforcement and Rehabilitation of Existing Housing Units

Property Maintenance Inspectors conducted 8,834 inspections in the CDBG Code Enforcement Area. The property owners made private improvements to address the code violations. 61,453 persons reside in the activity's service area. 71.3 % of the persons residing in the activity's service area low and moderate income level persons. $679,674.81 in CDBG funds were spent in 2014.* The 5 year plan indicates that the goals are to inspect 13,500 housing units with a 5 year total cost of CDBG $2,557,200 and to inspect 12,500 other (buildings) with a 5 year total cost of CDBG $850,000.

 

High Priority - Community Policing

The Community Policing Program was conducted in the CDBG Community Policing Area focusing on neighborhoods near each school. 49,867 persons reside in the activity's service area. 72.8 % of the persons residing in the activity's service area low and moderate income level persons.

$224,999.66 in CDBG funds were spent in 2014. The 5 year plan indicates that the goal for the priority is to serve 49,867 persons with a 5 year total cost of $1,125,000.

 

High Priority - Demolition of hazardous buildings

The Emergency Demolition Activity resulted in 18 buildings demolished in 2014. 14 of the demolitions started in 2013. 1 demolition is currently underway. $284,689.40 in CDBG funds were spent in 2014. The 5 year plan indicates that the goal for the priority is to demolish 40 buildings with a 5 year total cost of $1,650,000.

 

High Priority - ED - Sect. 108 Loans

The Abraham Lincoln Hotel Section 108 Loan Payment assisted 1 business. $247,196.50 in CDBG entitlement funds were spent in 2014. Additional 108 Loans - Hydrojet/Buttonwood Gateway $58,526.20, Sunrich/Buttonwood Gateway, $120,331.06 KVP/Habasit $78,473.54, Goggleworks Ventures $1,693,423.21, Goggleworks Apts. $34,214.80, Readings Future/Sovereign Plaza $325,330.00, Doubletree Hotel (Loan 1)

$6,621.00, Doubletree Hotel (Loan 2) $1,591.48. *The 5 year plan indicates that the goal for the priority is to assist 12 businesses and create 100 jobs with a 5 year total cost of $2,500,000.

 

High Priority - ED and Commercial Facade Improvements

The Commercial Facade Program has one facade improvement activity currently underway in a City historic district. $0 in CDBG funds were spent in 2014.*The 5 year plan indicates that the goal for the priority is to assist 12 businesses and create 100 jobs with a 5 year total cost of $2,500,000 and to complete 20 commercial facade improvements with a 5 year total cost of $400,000.

 

High Priority - ED - Microenterprise Assistance

The Microenterprise Technical Assistance Activity assisted 22 business. $96,900 in CDBG funds were spent in 2014. 100% of the clients served were low and moderate income level persons.*The 5 year plan indicates that the goal for the priority is to assist 12 businesses and create 100 jobs with a 5 year total cost of $2,500,000.

 

High priority - ED Section 108 Loan - Reading Hospitality LLC

The Reading Hospitality LLC Section 108 Loan for the DoubleTree by Hilton Project assisted 1 business. $1,749,930 in Section 108 Loan Funds were spent in 2014.*The 5 year plan indicates that the goal for the priority is to assist 12 businesses and create 100 jobs with a 5 year total cost of

$2,500,000.

 

High Priority - ED - SEDA - Job Creation

The Special Economic Development Job Creation Activity for Reading Hospitality LLC assisted 1 business. $135,000 in CDBG funds were spent in 2014.*The 5 year plan indicates that the goal for the priority is to assist 12 businesses and create 100 jobs with a 5 year total cost of

$2,500,000.*

 

High Priority - Fair Housing

The HRC Fair Housing Program provided services to 667 persons. 100% of the clients served were low and moderate income level persons.

$11984.56 in CDBG funds were spent in 2014. *The 5 year plan indicates that the goal for the priority is to serve 1,750 persons with a 5 year total cost of $60,000.

 

High Priority - Homeless Prevention

The HRC Homeless Prevention Program provided services to 90 persons. $15,000 in CDBG funds were spent in 2014. ESG funded Homeless Prevention services were provided to 469 persons. $26432 in ESG funds were spent in 2014. 100% of the clients served were low and moderate income level persons. *The 5 year plan indicates that the goal for the priority is to provide 1000 persons with homelessness prevention services (and to provide 2,500 persons with Overnight Shelter) with a 5 year total cost of $100,000 CDBG (and $750,000 ESG).

 

High Priority - Homeless Shelter

ESG funded Homeless Shelter services were provide to 541 persons. 100% of the clients served were low and moderate income level persons.

$72495 in ESG funds were spent in 2014.*The 5 year plan indicates that the goal for the priority is to provide 2,500 persons with Overnight Shelter services (and 1000 persons with homelessness prevention services) with a 5 year total cost of $750,000 ESG (and $100,000 CDBG for homelessness prevention services).

 

High Priority - Rental Assistance

ESG funded rental Assistance services were provide to 405 persons. 100% of the clients served were low and moderate income level persons.

$26108 in ESG funds were spent in 2014.*The 5 year plan indicates that the goal for the priority is to provide 1000 persons with homelessness prevention services (2,500 persons with Overnight Shelter services ) with a 5 year total cost of $750,000 ESG (and $100,000 CDBG for homelessness prevention services).

 

High Priority - Public Information Dissemination

BCTV provided public information dissemination services to city residents. 79,073 persons reside in the activity's service area. 68.4 % of the persons residing in the activity's service area low and moderate income level persons. $39,500 in CDBG funds was spent in 2014. *The 5 year plan indicates that the goal for the priority is to serve 79,073 persons with a 5 year total cost of $202,500.

 

High Priority - Public Facilities

4 Public facility and Improvement activities were completed and 3 are underway. Some of the facilities have a city wide service area - 79,073 persons reside in the city wide service area with 68.4 % of the persons being low and moderate income level persons. $437,975.81 in CDBG funds were spent in 2014. *The 5 year plan indicates that goal for the priority is to improve public facilities that serve 1000 persons with a 5 year total cost of $5,100,000.

 

High Priority - Youth Services

The Olivet Boys and Girls Club provided youth services to 333 clients. 87% of the clients served were low and moderate income level persons.

$74,000 in CDBG funds were spent in 2014. *The 5 year plan indicates that the goal for the priority is to serve 325 persons with a 5 year total cost of $375,000.

 

High Priority - Development of Additional Affordable Housing

HOME funded the rehabilitation and acquisition of 16 housing units. 100% of the households were low and moderate income level persons.

$507,742.75 in HOME funds were spent in 2014.*The 5 year plan indicates that the goal for the priority is to construct 15 rental units with a 5 year total cost of $1,500,000.

 

CAPER 5

CR-10 - Racial and Ethnic composition of families assisted

 

CDBG

HOME

ESG

White

4,271

7

752

Black or African American

1,257

1

367

Asian

16

0

0

American Indian or American Native

32

0

2

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

16

0

1

Total

5,592

8

1,122

Hispanic

3,621

9

422

Not Hispanic

2,203

5

700

 

Describe the families assisted (including the racial and ethnic status of families assisted). 91.520(a)

 

Table 2 – Table of assistance to racial and ethnic populations by source of funds Narrative

CDBG

White -76.38%

Black or African American - 22.48% Asian-0.27%

American Indian or American Native-0.57% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander-0.29% Hispanc Ethnicity - 64.29%

 

HOME

White-87.50%

Black or African American-12.50% Hispanic Ethnicity - 64.29%

 

ESG

White-67.02%

Black or African American-32.71% American Indian or American Native-0.18%

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander-0.09% Hispanic Ethnicity - 37.61%

Additional information CDBG

Race

Asian and White - 8 persons

Black/African American & White - 165 persons

Amer. Indian/Alaskan native & Black/African Amer. - 3 persons Other multi-racial - 45 persons

 

HOME

Other Multi-racial - 6 persons

Source of Funds

Source

Resources Made Available

Amount Expended During Program Year

CDBG

 

2,923,769

2,636,341

HOME

 

797,601

507,742

ESG

 

207,105

115,725

 

CR-15 - Resources and Investments 91.520(a) Identify the resources made available

 

Table 3 - Resources Made Available Narrative

 

Identify the geographic distribution and location of investments

Target Area

Planned Percentage of Allocation

Actual Percentage of Allocation

Narrative Description

City of Reading - Citywide

 

43

 

27

 

Infrastructure

Code Enforcement Area

18

22

Code Enforcement

Community Policing Area

 

7

 

8

 

Crime Prevention

 

Downtown Reading

 

15

 

18

Economic Development

Historic Districts

3

0

Historic Preservation

Table 4 – Identify the geographic distribution and location of investments Narrative

Of the CDBG funds spent in 2014 - 27% of the funds spent were focused for City-wide activities, 8% of the funds spent were focused on the Community Policing Area, 22% of the funds spent were focused on the Code Enforcement Area, 18% of the funds spent were focused on the Downtown area. The ESG and HOME activities have a City-wide target area.

Leveraging

 

Explain how federal funds leveraged additional resources (private, state and local funds), including a description of how matching requirements were satisfied, as well as how any publicly owned land or property located within the jurisdiction that were used to address the needs identified in the plan.

 

The City’s ESG sub-recipients used a combination of private donations, State funding (Pennsylvania Homeless Assistance Program), and funding from the City of Reading as matching funds for the program. A dollar for dollar match is required for the ESG program, but many sub-recipients exceed the required match.

 

Fiscal Year Summary – HOME Match

1. Excess match from prior Federal fiscal year

0

2. Match contributed during current Federal fiscal year

0

3. Total match available for current Federal fiscal year (Line 1 plus Line 2)

0

4. Match liability for current Federal fiscal year

0

5. Excess match carried over to next Federal fiscal year (Line 3 minus Line 4)

0

Table 5 – Fiscal Year Summary - HOME Match Report

 

CAPER 8

 

Match Contribution for the Federal Fiscal Year

Project No. or Other ID

Date of Contribution

Cash

(non-Federal sources)

Foregone Taxes, Fees, Charges

Appraised Land/Real Property

Required Infrastructure

Site Preparation, Construction Materials, Donated labor

Bond Financing

Total Match

         

Table 6 – Match Contribution for the Federal Fiscal Year

 

See the HOME Match Reduction Table

 

HOME MBE/WBE report

Program Income – Enter the program amounts for the reporting period

Balance on hand at begin-ning of reporting period

$

Amount received during reporting period

$

Total amount expended during reporting period

$

Amount expended for TBRA

$

Balance on hand at end of reporting period

$

0

1,099

0

0

1,099

Table 7 – Program Income

 

CAPER 9

 

Minority Business Enterprises and Women Business Enterprises – Indicate the number and dollar value of contracts for HOME projects completed during the reporting period

 

Total

Minority Business Enterprises

White Non- Hispanic

Alaskan Native or American Indian

Asian or Pacific Islander

Black Non- Hispanic

Hispanic

Contracts

Dollar Amount

498,509

0

0

0

90,000

408,509

Number

7

0

0

0

1

6

Sub-Contracts

Number

4

0

0

1

0

3

Dollar Amount

3,186

0

0

1,675

0

1,511

 

Total

Women Business Enterprises

Male

 

Contracts

Dollar Amount

248,509

0

248,509

Number

4

0

4

Sub-Contracts

Number

4

0

4

Dollar Amount

3,186

0

3,186

Table 8 – Minority Business and Women Business Enterprises

 

Minority Owners of Rental Property – Indicate the number of HOME assisted rental property owners and the total amount of HOME funds in these rental properties assisted

 

Total

Minority Property Owners

White Non- Hispanic

Alaskan Native or American Indian

Asian or Pacific Islander

Black Non- Hispanic

Hispanic

Number

0

0

0

0

0

0

Dollar Amount

0

0

0

0

0

0

Table 9 – Minority Owners of Rental Property

 

Relocation and Real Property Acquisition – Indicate the number of persons displaced, the cost of relocation payments, the number of parcels acquired, and the cost of acquisition

Parcels Acquired

4

43,000

 

Businesses Displaced

0

0

Nonprofit Organizations Displaced

0

0

Households Temporarily Relocated, not Displaced

 

0

 

0

Households Displaced

Total

Minority Property Enterprises

White Non- Hispanic

Alaskan Native or American Indian

Asian or Pacific Islander

Black Non- Hispanic

Hispanic

Number

0

0

0

0

0

0

Cost

0

0

0

0

0

0

Table 10 – Relocation and Real Property Acquisition

CR-20 - Affordable Housing 91.520(b)

 

Evaluation of the jurisdiction's progress in providing affordable housing, including the number and types of families served, the number of extremely low-income, low-income, moderate-income, and middle-income persons served.

 

 

One-Year Goal

Actual

Number of Homeless households to be provided affordable housing units

 

0

 

0

Number of Non-Homeless households to be provided affordable housing units

 

16

 

16

Number of Special-Needs households to be provided affordable housing units

 

0

 

0

Total

16

16

Table 11 – Number of Households

 

 

One-Year Goal

Actual

Number of households supported through Rental Assistance

 

0

 

0

Number of households supported through The Production of New Units

 

0

 

0

Number of households supported through Rehab of Existing Units

 

16

 

0

Number of households supported through Acquisition of Existing Units

 

0

 

0

Total

16

0

Table 12 – Number of Households Supported

 

Discuss the difference between goals and outcomes and problems encountered in meeting these goals.

 

There are a number of homes in the process of rehabilitation for resale to buyers that were funded in 2014 but have not as yet been completed or sold. There were no problems encountered during the year, but rehabilitation has been slower than expected therefore there were no completions to report.

 

Discuss how these outcomes will impact future annual action plans.

 

These outcomes will have minimal impact on future allocations. There is a growing market for homeownership in the City and plans in 2015 will expand housing choice through development and rehabilitation of housing. Rental housing is also funded in 2015.

 

Include the number of extremely low-income, low-income, and moderate-income persons served by each activity where information on income by family size is required to determine the eligibility of the activity.

Number of Persons Served

CDBG Actual

HOME Actual

Extremely Low-income

0

2

Low-income

0

3

Moderate-income

3

11

Total

3

16

Table 13 – Number of Persons Served

Narrative Information

The NHS HOP Homeownership Assistance Program assisted 3 households in 2014 (using CDBG program income funds received by NHS in 2014).

HOME - All of the recipients were at the low and moderate income level or lower. This is to be expected due to the City's high rate of poverty.

CR-25 - Homeless and Other Special Needs 91.220(d, e); 91.320(d, e); 91.520(c)

 

Evaluate the jurisdiction’s progress in meeting its specific objectives for reducing and ending homelessness through:

 

Reaching out to homeless persons (especially unsheltered persons) and assessing their individual needs

 

The Berks Coalition to End Homelessness (BCEH) conducts the County-wide comprehensive Street Outreach Program. Through this program, the Team workers were able to connect with those unsheltered. In addition, during the last week of January in the Point in Time Count for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, unsheltered persons were encountered for whom were offered supplies and counseled into coming indoors. The three operation shelters in Berks County operate in Code Blue status which means that from around November 1 to March 1, anyone who wants to come in from the cold is welcome, no questions asked. When a homeless person is ready to engage in services, a full assessment is conducted by a case worker. The individual or family is entered into HMIS (Homeless Management Information System) and the case management team connects the client with resources and other services the final numbers have not been calculated but it is anticipated that

the unsheltered count has been reduced by a third from the last 2 years.

 

Addressing the emergency shelter and transitional housing needs of homeless persons Emergency shelter and transitional housing are key pieces of any comprehensive homeless system of services. There will always be people who fall into homelessness, but the key is to rapidly assess them and get them into housing as soon as possible and wrap the services around them. Reading currently has three emergency shelter facilities, only one of which accepts any government funding. Two of those facilities are on HMIS, the 3rd one should be coming on board this year. By conducting full assessments of each individual or family, persons can be more quickly connected with services such as Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol, Social Security, DHS, etc. The length of stay in emergency shelter has been reduced by 11% this past year. Transitional housing is also quite important as some people need additional time in a recovery setting or exposed to intensive services before they are ready to be placed in permanent housing. This year placement into permanent housing from transitional housing has been increased by 5%, which means the success rate of people staying in transitional housing for a proper amount of time to make a successful transition to living on their own in permanent housing has also increased.

 

Helping homeless persons (especially chronically homeless individuals and families, families with children, veterans and their families, and unaccompanied youth) make the transition to permanent housing and independent living, including shortening the period of time that individuals and families experience homelessness, facilitating access for homeless individuals and families to affordable housing units, and preventing individuals and families who were recently homeless from becoming homeless again

Due to the ESG homeless prevention activities 814 individuals and families have been assisted to avoid homelessness. There has been an increase by 5% of persons successfully transitioning from transitional housing to permanent housing. 300 veterans and their families have been assisted to find permanent housing. As of the last Point in Time Count, only 1 unsheltered homeless veteran and only 1 veteran in Code Blue was encountered in all three shelters. The length of stay in emergency shelter’s have been reduced by 11% even in an environment where there is not easily and readily affordable permanent housing. There are approximately 1600 public housing units in Reading. BCEH belives that there is not enough of public housing in Reading. Access to permanent housing for many City residents is out of reach. Reading has over 80,000 persons and a significant number of persons are living below the poverty level. In response to this problem, BCEH has hired a part time Housing Locator starting in 2015 who will help clients leaving transitional housing and emergency shelter find appropriate and affordable permanent housing more easily.

Helping low-income individuals and families avoid becoming homeless, especially extremely low- income individuals and families and those who are: likely to become homeless after being discharged from publicly funded institutions and systems of care (such as health care facilities, mental health facilities, foster care and other youth facilities, and corrections programs and institutions); and, receiving assistance from public or private agencies that address housing, health, social services, employment, education, or youth needs

There are a set discharge policies for each of the areas mentioned; mental health, health care facilities, foster care and youth facilities, and correctional institutions. Each one has to abide by their state regulations, but they also have to pledge that they will not release anyone into homelessness. A “home- plan” must be in place before their release is secured. But for the community at-large, there are homeless prevention activities and programs to keep low-income persons in their homes. The Salvation Army, the Human Relations Commission, Family Promise, and Berks Connections assist with rent

payments, eviction issues, and utility payments. Other homeless prevention activities include legal assistance, landlord-tenant mediation, and housing locator services. Of the people assisted with these services, most all are avoiding homelessness due to our intervention services. Last year 170 people were rapidly re-housed who had become suddenly and episodically homeless. In addition, 650 individuals and families were prevented from becoming homeless by intervening in evictions or utility shut offs.

CR-30 - Public Housing 91.220(h); 91.320(j)

 

Actions taken to address the needs of public housing

 

Actions taken to encourage public housing residents to become more involved in management and participate in homeownership

 

Actions taken to provide assistance to troubled PHAs

 

Please see the table on pages 38 to 40.

CR-35 - Other Actions 91.220(j)-(k); 91.320(i)-(j)

 

Actions taken to remove or ameliorate the negative effects of public policies that serve as barriers to affordable housing such as land use controls, tax policies affecting land, zoning ordinances, building codes, fees and charges, growth limitations, and policies affecting the return on residential investment. 91.220 (j); 91.320 (i)

 

There are no public policies that limit affordable housing. The major limiting factor is the age of housing and condition of housing making costs unaffordable to many lower income households. The City continues to provide subsidy to lower the cost of homeownership by working with non-profits to rehabilitate homes and make them available for sale at prices affordable to lower income households and provide first-time homebuyers with down payment assistance to make entry into homeownership affordable.

 

Actions taken to address obstacles to meeting underserved needs. 91.220(k); 91.320(j) Reliable data collection is necessary in order to assess the needs of the community and to sufficiently address gaps in serving those needs within the community. It was indicated in the past that not only is

there a lack of financial resources to address the needs of underserved populations, but there is a lack of collaboration between organizations that aim to serve those needs.

Strides toward proper data collection have been made through new program data collection requirements set forth under programs such as HPRP and ESG through the HMIS system. By assessing the needs of the homeless population, we have come to learn much about other sub-populations of homeless individuals. This has enabled us to better focus our efforts.

The City of Reading has actively applied for grant resources to bridge gaps in funding for underserved populations. The City is also encouraging strong collaborative efforts between all developers, sub- recipients and social service providers to pool the limited resources and create a seamless service for those in need.

 

Actions taken to reduce lead-based paint hazards. 91.220(k); 91.320(j)

All housing units that use HOME funding are required to comply with HUD's Lead-based paint rule, in addition to our City Ordinance that addresses lead-based paint hazzards.

 

Actions taken to reduce the number of poverty-level families. 91.220(k); 91.320(j)

Through the use of its CDBG, HOME, and ESG allocations, the City continued to address the needs of the low and moderate income persons by providing a mixture of housing, economic development and corresponding supportive services, thus attempting to reduce the number of families in poverty. The City’s housing programs, in conjunction with non-profit agencies have increased the opportunity for homeownership and quality housing. The City has also worked with lending institutions to encourage fair lending in terms of meeting the credit needs of the underserved population in the City. In conjunction with the City’s housing programs, staff in the past has met with local lenders to develop strategies to increase the number and overall value of mortgage written for low-income persons purchasing houses.

 

Actions taken to develop institutional structure. 91.220(k); 91.320(j)

The City works closely with a variety of agencies to develop partnerships to identify and respond to emerging needs in the City. By serving on the boards and as advisors to several civic partnerships, the City is able to provide leadership and strategic assistance to make the grants programs responsive to community needs.

 

Actions taken to enhance coordination between public and private housing and social service agencies. 91.220(k); 91.320(j)

The City encourages sub-recipients to partner with one another. Organizations such as Our City Reading Inc., Neighborhood Housing Services (NHS) of Greater Berks, Habitat for Humanity, Reading Housing Authority and the Reading Redevelopment Authority are invited to quarterly housing meetings hosted by the City.

Identify actions taken to overcome the effects of any impediments identified in the jurisdictions analysis of impediments to fair housing choice. 91.520(a)

There have been many impediments to fair housing identified in recent years. Complainants filed in the City of Reading’s Office of Human Relations allege discrimination due to national origin, race, and disability. Some even report the harassment of persons of color by landlords and other property owners. Individuals with disabilities also face discrimination. Persons with disabilities requesting reasonable accommodations for a mental or physical disability are more than likely turned down due to landlords not understanding the laws relating to reasonable accommodations or modification. In addition to possible discrimination, other impediments to fair housing include limited opportunities for homeownership and limited housing for families that include three or more children or extended family members.

 

The Human Relations Commission addresses all complaints regarding unlawful and discriminatory practices through outreach and education, initiating and investigating complaints and providing opportunities for remedy or recourse.

During 2014 the Human Relations Commission accomplished the following: Fair Housing

The Human Relations Commission responded to:

  • 337 Walk-ins

  • 330 Telephone calls 346 cases required action

10 Federal Fair Housing cases were filed

 

Homeless Prevention

The Human Relations Commission responded to:

  • 115 Walk-ins

  • 243 Telephone calls 358 cases required action

     

    Landlord/Tenant Mediation

    The Human Relations Commission responded to:

  • 75 Walk-ins

  • 15 Telephone calls 90 cases required action

     

    Outreach & Education

    The Human Relations Commission:

  • Conducted 1 broadcast on the radio (91.3 FM)

  • Conducted 1 show on BCTV

  • Distributed 100 brochures (Spanish/English) on eviction to District Justice Scott

  • Conducted 9 Fair Houses/Employment Classes

  • Distributed 600 Bags (which includes information on housing/employment discrimination, fair housing booklets)

 

The Human Relations Commission collects protected classes status data on their client intake forms. In addition to the important work done by the Human Relations Commission, several City Ordinances have been passed to remedy housing issues faced by residents of the city, including a noise ordinance

that requires a landlord to evict tenants that have the police called to their residence three or more times during a calendar year.

CR-40 - Monitoring 91.220 and 91.230

 

Describe the standards and procedures used to monitor activities carried out in furtherance of the plan and used to ensure long-term compliance with requirements of the programs involved, including minority business outreach and the comprehensive planning requirements

Performance monitoring is an important component in the long-term success of the federal grant programs. It helps to ensure that the recipients of federal funds adhere to the purposes and requirements of the programs as set forth by legislative regulations and funds are disbursed in a timely fashion. The three entitlement programs for which the City enter into contracts with HUD are the HOME Program, the CDBG Program, and the ESG Program. Monitoring occurs in accordance with the agreements made between the City and sub-recipients, the certifications the City signs, and the regulations for these programs. Monitoring responsibility for projects funded by the City will continue to be assigned to the City's Community Development Department staff. The City exercises an elevated level of control over the projects and activities of subrecipients of the HOME, CDBG and ESG Programs. Therefore, monitoring procedures consist of minimum day-to-day contact either by telephone or in person. Instead, the City partakes in the consistent and thorough review of all project documentation in City files, written documentation of expenditures for reimbursement of costs by the City and the submission of written progress reports. For the ESG Program, the City conducts on-site monitoring at least once during the term of the subrecipient agreement. For the CDBG Program, the City selects a representative sample of completed projects for on-site monitoring. For the HOME Program, the City follows the schedule at 24 CFR Part 92.504(e) for on-site monitoring. The City monitoring standards and procedures ensure that statutory and regulatory requirements are being met and that information submitted to HUD is correct and complete.

Minority/Women Business Outreach Program efforts are designed to ensure the inclusion, to the maximum extent possible, of minorities and women and entities owned by minorities and women, in all contracts entered into by the City in order to facilitate the activities of the City to provide affordable housing authorized under the Cranston-Gonzalez National Affordable Housing Act and any other fair housing law applicable to the City. Minority/Women Business Outreach Program is done in accordance with the requirements of Executive Orders 11625 and 12432 concerning minority business enterprises and Executive Order 12138 concerning women’s business enterprises. In addition, that program implements 24 CFR Part 85.36(e) which outlines the

actions to be taken to assure that minority business enterprises and women business enterprises are used when possible in the procurement of property and services.

It is the City of Reading's Community Development Department's policy not to recommend for funding activities that are not in accordance with the City's Comprehensive Plan.

 

Citizen Participation Plan 91.105(d); 91.115(d)

 

Describe the efforts to provide citizens with reasonable notice and an opportunity to comment on performance reports.

 

The CAPER advertisement was placed in the Reading Eagle newspaper on March 13, 2015 and on the City of Reading's website on March 13, 2015.

CR-45 - CDBG 91.520(c)

 

Specify the nature of, and reasons for, any changes in the jurisdiction’s program objectives and indications of how the jurisdiction would change its programs as a result of its experiences.

The City is not changing any of the program objectives. The City would prefer to select activities that spend funding more quickly nevertheless it is unable to do so because some of the slower spending activities meet important needs of low and moderate income level persons.

Yes

 

[BEDI grantees] Describe accomplishments and program outcomes during the last year.

The BEDI is currently being used for the redevelopment of buildings that the City has purchased on the 500 block of Penn Street. The buildings will be redeveloped for economic development purposes, such as for lease to third parties for mixed-commercial uses, including retail, restaurant, office, and work/live residential uses for artists and other entrepreneurs and as an incubator for business development.

CR-50 - HOME 91.520(d)

 

Include the results of on-site inspections of affordable rental housing assisted under the program to determine compliance with housing codes and other applicable regulations

 

Please list those projects that should have been inspected on-site this program year based upon the schedule in §92.504(d). Indicate which of these were inspected and a summary of issues that were detected during the inspection. For those that were not inspected, please indicate the reason and how you will remedy the situation.

Each HOME-funded rental project within the affordability period was monitored, as scheduled, for compliance in accordance with program standards.

Monitoring of rental properties beginning in 2014 was changed by HUD to every three years. All of the HOME properties have been in operation for a number of years and sub-recipients are generally knowledgeable about HOME program administration. Based on prior monitoring, units will be monitored in 2015 and every three years after. As some of the facilities age, there are ongoing concerns about property maintenance. However, each of the facilities monitored had no codes issues. Regular inspections occur at each of the facilities, and the owners address maintenance issues in a timely manner.

 

Provide an assessment of the jurisdiction's affirmative marketing actions for HOME units. 92.351(b)

The City of Reading sees that units and programs assisted with federal funds are affirmatively marketed. In accordance with the City’s commitment of non-discrimination and equal opportunity housing, it has established procedures to affirmatively market units rehabilitated or assisted under the HOME Investment Partnership Act Program. These procedures are intended to further the objectives of the Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 and Executive Order 11063.

The City believes that individuals of similar economic levels in the same housing market area should have available to them a like range of housing choices regardless of their race, color, creed, religion, sex, familial status, handicap or national origin. Individuals eligible for public housing assistance or who have minor children should also have available a like range of housing choices. The City will carry out this policy through affirmative marketing procedures designed for the HOME program.

During the reporting period, no completed projects contained more than five HOME-assisted units. The units completed in 2014 were not subject to the affirmative marketing requirements. Therefore, the City was not required to assess the effectiveness of the affirmative marketing actions prescribed by 24 CFR 92.351, however, marketing plans for all HOME-assisted programs were reviewed and suggestions were made when opportunities for improved performance were observed.

 

Refer to IDIS reports to describe the amount and use of program income for projects, including the number of projects and owner and tenant characteristics

$1099.27 was recieved by NHS for their Home Ownership Program.

 

Describe other actions taken to foster and maintain affordable housing. 91.220(k) (STATES ONLY: Including the coordination of LIHTC with the development of affordable housing). 91.320(j) Housing in Reading is considered to be very affordable. The 2007-2011 American Community Survey 5- Year Estimate indicates that the median housing value is $68,800. In addition, the City has a “presumed affordability” status with HUD. There is no shortage of affordable housing units for any persons who

desire to live in Reading.

 

There has been a longstanding goal of attracting middle-income residents by encouraging mixed-income neighborhoods and attractive housing opportunities. The City continues to address the dilapidated housing stock through aggressive Codes enforcement, an active Blighted Property Review Committee, and demolition of structures that are blighted, dilapidated, and/or dangerous.

 

The biggest challenge is the current condition and maintenance expense of Reading’s aging housing stock. To address these challenges, we work with non-profit agencies to administer a variety of rehabilitation and repair assistance programs. (See IDIS PR23 report for more detailed information.)

CR-60 - ESG 91.520(g) (ESG Recipients only) ESG Supplement to the CAPER in e-snaps For Paperwork Reduction Act

  1. Recipient Information—All Recipients Complete Basic Grant Information

    Recipient Name READING

    Organizational DUNS Number 021446521

    EIN/TIN Number 236001907

    Indentify the Field Office PHILADELPHIA

    Identify CoC(s) in which the recipient or subrecipient(s) will provide ESG assistance

    Reading/Berks County CoC

     

    ESG Contact Name Prefix

    First Name Middle Name Last Name Suffix

    Title

     

    ESG Contact Address Street Address 1

    Street Address 2 City

    State

    ZIP Code Phone Number Extension

    Fax Number Email Address

     

    ESG Secondary Contact Prefix

    First Name Last Name Suffix

    Title

    Phone Number Extension Email Address

     

  2. Reporting Period—All Recipients Complete

Program Year Start Date 01/01/2014

Program Year End Date 12/31/2014

3a. Subrecipient Form – Complete one form for each subrecipient Subrecipient or Contractor Name: READING

City: Reading

State: PA

Zip Code: 19601, 3615

DUNS Number: 021446521

Is subrecipient a victim services provider: N Subrecipient Organization Type: Unit of Government ESG Subgrant or Contract Award Amount: 15200

 

Subrecipient or Contractor Name: Berks Coalition to End Homelessnes

City: Reading

State: PA

Zip Code: 19602, 2310

DUNS Number: 831225516

Is subrecipient a victim services provider: N

Subrecipient Organization Type: Other Non-Profit Organization

ESG Subgrant or Contract Award Amount: 54145

 

Subrecipient or Contractor Name: Opportunity House

City: Reading

State: PA

Zip Code: 19612, 2303

DUNS Number: 796668481

Is subrecipient a victim services provider: N

Subrecipient Organization Type: Other Non-Profit Organization

ESG Subgrant or Contract Award Amount: 102227

 

Subrecipient or Contractor Name: Mary's Shelter

City: Reading

State: PA

Zip Code: 19607, 1751

DUNS Number: 943176560

Is subrecipient a victim services provider: N

Subrecipient Organization Type: Other Non-Profit Organization

ESG Subgrant or Contract Award Amount: 10000

 

Subrecipient or Contractor Name: Mid-Penn

City: Harrisburg

State: PA

Zip Code: 17101, 1406

DUNS Number: 116364407

Is subrecipient a victim services provider: N

Subrecipient Organization Type: Other Non-Profit Organization

ESG Subgrant or Contract Award Amount: 10000

CR-65 - Persons Assisted

 

  1. Persons Served

     

    4a. Complete for Homelessness Prevention Activities

    Number of Persons in Households

    Total

    Adults

    246

    Children

    223

    Don't Know/Refused/Other

    0

    Missing Information

    0

    Total

    469

    Number of Persons in Households

    Total

    Adults

    68

    Children

    76

    Don't Know/Refused/Other

    0

    Missing Information

    0

    Total

    144

     

    Table 14 – Household Information for Homeless Prevention Activities 4b. Complete for Rapid Re-Housing Activities

     

    Number of Persons in Households

    Total

    Adults

    424

    Children

    117

    Don't Know/Refused/Other

    0

    Missing Information

    0

    Total

    541

     

    Table 15 – Household Information for Rapid Re-Housing Activities 4c. Complete for Shelter

     

    Table 16 – Shelter Information

    4d. Street Outreach

    Number of Persons in Households

    Total

    Adults

    0

    Children

    0

    Don't Know/Refused/Other

    0

    Missing Information

    0

    Total

    0

    Number of Persons in Households

    Total

    Adults

    723

    Children

    399

    Don't Know/Refused/Other

    0

    Missing Information

    0

    Total

    1,122

     

    Table 17 – Household Information for Street Outreach 4e. Totals for all Persons Served with ESG

     

    Table 18 – Household Information for Persons Served with ESG

     

  2. Gender—Complete for All Activities

     

    Total

    Male

    506

    Female

    616

    Transgender

    0

    Don't Know/Refused/Other

    0

    Missing Information

    0

    Total

    1,122

    Table 19 – Gender Information

  3. Age—Complete for All Activities

     

    Total

    Under 18

    399

    18-24

    129

    25 and over

    594

    Don't Know/Refused/Other

    0

    Missing Information

    0

    Total

    1,122

    Table 20 – Age Information

     

    Subpopulation

    Total

    Total Persons Served – Prevention

    Total Persons Served – RRH

    Total Persons Served in Emergency Shelters

    Veterans

    79

    3

    2

    76

    Victims of Domestic Violence

     

    56

     

    10

     

    6

     

    43

    Elderly

    42

    13

    2

    27

    HIV/AIDS

    2

    0

    0

    2

    Chronically Homeless

     

    63

     

    0

     

    2

     

    57

    Persons with Disabilities:

    Severely Mentally Ill

     

    56

     

    8

     

    3

     

    50

    Chronic Substance Abuse

     

    47

     

    5

     

    0

     

    43

    Other Disability

    38

    7

    1

    30

    Total (Unduplicated if possible)

     

    260

     

    44

     

    14

     

    208

     

  4. Special Populations Served—Complete for All Activities Number of Persons in Households

 

Table 21 – Special Population Served

CR-70 – ESG 91.520(g) - Assistance Provided and Outcomes

 

  1. Shelter Utilization

    Number of New Units - Rehabbed

    0

    Number of New Units - Conversion

    0

    Total Number of bed-nights available

    32,535

    Total Number of bed-nights provided

    30,713

    Capacity Utilization

    94.40%

    Table 22 – Shelter Capacity

     

  2. Project Outcomes Data measured under the performance standards developed in consultation with the CoC(s)

Project outcomes are in compliance with performance standards developed by the Berks Coalition to End Homelessness.

CR-75 – Expenditures

 

  1. Expenditures

     

    11a. ESG Expenditures for Homelessness Prevention

     

    Dollar Amount of Expenditures in Program Year

     

    2012

    2013

    2014

    Expenditures for Rental Assistance

    62,100

    31,790

    14,599

    Expenditures for Housing Relocation and Stabilization Services - Financial Assistance

     

    32,079

     

    17,124

     

    11,202

    Expenditures for Housing Relocation & Stabilization Services - Services

     

    0

     

    3,608

     

    631

    Expenditures for Homeless Prevention under Emergency Shelter Grants Program

     

    0

     

    0

     

    0

    Subtotal Homelessness Prevention

    94,179

    52,522

    26,432

     

    Dollar Amount of Expenditures in Program Year

     

    2012

    2013

    2014

    Expenditures for Rental Assistance

    0

    0

    11,649

    Expenditures for Housing Relocation and Stabilization Services - Financial Assistance

     

    2,966

     

    0

     

    0

    Expenditures for Housing Relocation & Stabilization Services - Services

     

    0

     

    0

     

    0

    Expenditures for Homeless Assistance under Emergency Shelter Grants Program

     

    0

     

    0

     

    0

    Subtotal Rapid Re-Housing

    2,966

    0

    11,649

     

    Table 23 – ESG Expenditures for Homelessness Prevention 11b. ESG Expenditures for Rapid Re-Housing

     

     

    Dollar Amount of Expenditures in Program Year

     

    2012

    2013

    2014

    Essential Services

    40,503

    30,668

    30,668

    Operations

    82,000

    71,559

    41,827

    Renovation

    0

    0

    0

    Major Rehab

    0

    0

    0

    Conversion

    0

    0

    0

    Subtotal

    122,503

    102,227

    72,495

     

    Table 24 – ESG Expenditures for Rapid Re-Housing 11c. ESG Expenditures for Emergency Shelter

     

     

    Dollar Amount of Expenditures in Program Year

     

    2012

    2013

    2014

    HMIS

    0

    0

    0

    Administration

    18,215

    12,778

    5,149

    Street Outreach

    5,000

    0

    266

     

    Table 25 – ESG Expenditures for Emergency Shelter 11d. Other Grant Expenditures

     

    Total ESG Funds Expended

    2012

    2013

    2014

    521,115

    237,863

    167,527

    115,725

     

    Table 26 - Other Grant Expenditures 11e. Total ESG Grant Funds

     

    Table 27 - Total ESG Funds Expended

    11f. Match Source

     

    2012

    2013

    2014

    Other Non-ESG HUD Funds

    0

    12,000

    0

    Other Federal Funds

    0

    0

    0

    State Government

    26,369

    0

    0

    Local Government

    0

    0

    0

    Private Funds

    198,279

    144,410

    110,843

    Other

    0

    11,119

    0

    Fees

    0

    0

    0

    Program Income

    0

    0

    0

    Total Match Amount

    224,648

    167,529

    110,843

    Total Amount of Funds Expended on ESG Activities

    2012

    2013

    2014

    1,024,135

    462,511

    335,056

    226,568

     

    Table 28 - Other Funds Expended on Eligible ESG Activities 11g. Total

     

    Table 29 - Total Amount of Funds Expended on ESG Activities

    Loans, FBLP, Action Plan Amendments, NHS HOP, NSP2

     

    Loan #

    Name

    Principal Balance O/S

    Terms of Deferral or Forgiveness

     

     

     

     

    150101

    Rdg Parking Authority

    69220.78

     

    170103

    Crescent Brass

    39935.72

    bankruptcy-court stip pmt

     190101

    Price Design Resources         

    63966.81

     

    260101

    Sandi Salads

    22444.37

     

    260102

    Sandi Salads

    37995.60

     

    360101

    Rdg Housing Opportunities

    105046.23

    D/Q

    360102

    Rdg Housing Opportunities

    49000.00

    D/Q

    360103

    Rdg Housing Opportunities

    72950.00

    D/Q

    100010

     

     

     

    1

    Dryler Products Inc

    13875.62

       Bankruptcy-have not rec'd court papers to write off

    107010

     

     

     

    1

    Renato Brunas Holdings

    24606.71

     

    111010

     

     

     

    1

    NHS (Mayflower Apts)

    130650.00

     

    115010

     

     

     

    1

    Donald & Linda Dahms

    30000.00

     

    118010

     

     

     

    1

    Rdg Railcar

    20974.17

     

    118010

     

     

     

    2

    Rdg Railcar

    41944.55

     

    119010

     

     

     

    1

    Felix & Benigna Rivera

    0.00

    First  Payment Due 1/15/2008

    121010

     

     

     

    1

    Senior Apts @ Wyo Club

    248905.88

     Balloon Payment Due 7/22/2028

     

     

     

     

    121010

     

     

     

    2

    Senior Apts @ Wyo Club

    360000.00

      Balloon Payment Due 7/22/2028

    121010

     

     

     

    3

    Senior Apts @ Wyo Club

    470307.00

      Balloon Payment Due 7/22/2028

    121010

     

     

     

    4

    Senior Apts @ Wyo Club

    129693.00

     Balloon Payment Due 7/22/2028

    126010

     

     

     

    1

    River Oak Partners

    1475000.00

    First Payment Due 1/1/2030

    127010

     

     

     

    1

    Karabelnik & Wittels

    0.00

    PIF

    132010

     

     

     

    1

    Wm M McMahon Jr

    226456.21

    adjustments made to posted checks; should have been all int

    133010

     

     

     

    1

    Jumbalaya J's

    15000.00

     

    143010

     

     

     

    1

    Inglis Cottages

    50000.00

     

    144010

     

     

     

    1

    Elm View Apts

    570000.00

    Forgiven 1/30/2026

    144020

     

     

     

    1

    Elm View Apts

    200000.00

     Forgiven 1/30/2011

    146010

     

     

     

    1

    Century Hall Assoc

    80000.00

     D/Q

    146020

     

     

     

    1

    Century Hall Assoc

    345000.00

     D/Q

    147010

     

     

     

    1

    Berks Women in Crisis

    344101.00

     First Payment Due 11/4/2028

    147020

     

     

     

    1

    Berks Women in Crisis

    100000.00

     Forgiven @ 10%/Year

    149010

     

     

     

    1

    Beacon House

    210000.00

     D/Q

    150010

     

     

     

    1

    Market Square

    900000.00

     Principal Due 12/31/2026

    151010

     

     

     

    1

    Bookbindery

    175000.00

     D/Q

    151030

     

     

     

    1

    Bookbindery

    325000.00

     D/Q

    152010

     

     

     

    1

    Penn's Common Court Apts

    740,000.00

     D/Q

    153010

     

     

     

    1

    Wood St Assoc

    150000.00

    D/Q

    Sec 108

     Abe Lincoln

    0.00

    PIF

    Sec 108

    Reading's Future LLC

    2036000.00

     

    Sec 108

    Goggleworks Venture LLP

    0.00

    PIF

    Sec 108

    Goggleworks Apts

    518000.00

     

    Sec 108

    Buttonwood/Hydrojet

    671880.00

     

    Sec 108

    Buttonwood/Sunrich

    1364120.00

     

     

    Doubletree Hotel

    1500000.00

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Total Principal Balance

    14,677,073.6

     

     

    Outstanding

    5

     

    The loan name and amount of Section 108 Loan funds received from HUD $ 1,749,930.00 The loan name and amount of Section 108 Loan funds that were disbursed to a developer $0

    The loan name and amount of Section 108 Loan payments received from loan recipients (and the amount of loan payments remitted to HUD)

    Abe Lincoln $241,098.25

    • Hydrojet/Buttonwood Gateway $58,526.20

    • Sunrich/Buttonwood Gateway $120,331.06

      KVP/Habasit $78,473.54

    • Goggleworks Ventures $1,693,423.21

    • Goggleworks Apts. $34,214.80

    • Reading’s Future/Sovereign Plaza $325,330.00

    • Doubletree Hotel (Loan 1) $6,621.00

    • Doubletree Hotel (Loan 2) $1,591.48

       

      The amount BEDI (or EDI) funds received from HUD $0

       

      The name and amount BEDI (or EDI) funds that were disbursed to a developer $0

       

      The principal balance for each CDBG, HOME float-funded activity outstanding as of the end of the reporting period and the date(s) by which the funds are expected to be received (see table)

       

      The total number of CDBG, HOME, and Section 108 Loans outstanding and the principal balance owed as of the end of the reporting period (see table)

    • The total number of outstanding loans that are deferred or forgivable, the principal balance owed as of the end of the reporting period, and the terms of the deferral or forgiveness

    • The total number and amount of loans that have gone into default and for which the balance was forgiven or written off during the reporting period

       

      Family Business Loan Program - CDBG funds deposited at Fulton Bank 12/31/2014 account balance $572,980.00

       

      CDBG Action Plan Amendments:

       

    • The PY2013 Centre Park Signage Installation Project was cancelled.

    • The PY2014 Emergency Demolition Urgent Needs Activity was created and funded in the amount of $100,000. Since the funding was not utilized the activity will be cancelled.

       

    • The PY2014 Microenterprise Grant Program was created and funded in the amount of $100,000.

       

    • The PY2014 Microenterprise Loan Program was created and funded in the amount of $250,000.

       

    • The PY2014 Special Economic Development Job Creation Loan Activity was created and funded in the amount of $150,000. Reading Hospitality LLC received the loan for the new DoubleTree by Hilton Project.

 

The 2013 NHS Homeownership Assistance Program has made a correction to the amount of CDBG progam income funds reported in the 2013 CAPER. NHS received $39,128 in CDBG income and assisted 4 households.

 

The 2014 NHS Homeownership Assistance Program received $39,128 in CDBG income in 2014 and assisted 3 households.

 

2014 NSP2 Information

 

OCR Inc. received $221,875.91 in NSP2 Program Income in 2014. OCR Inc. spent $365,500.14 in NSP2 Program Income in 2014.

4 NSP2 houses were sold in 2014:

 

  • 1602 Mineral Spring Rd - $74,534.04

358 McKnight - $56,616.37

644 Tulpehocken - $59,813.14

663 Tulpehocken - $39,906.38

 

 

 

 

CDBG Financial Summary Report PR26

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OMB Control No: 2506-0117 (exp. 07/31/2015)

 

 

 

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OMB Control No: 2506-0117 (exp. 07/31/2015)

 

 

 

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OMB Control No: 2506-0117 (exp. 07/31/2015)

 

 

 

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OMB Control No: 2506-0117 (exp. 07/31/2015)

 

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CAPER 36

OMB Control No: 2506-0117 (exp. 07/31/2015)

CR 30 Public Housing

Categories

Programs

Target Audience

Frequency

Description

Improvements to Public Housing

Community Policing Program

All public housing residents

Ongoing

Contracted with Reading Police Department to provide dedicated police coverage. Designed to serve in a community policing model, officers are charged with conducting investigation and patrol while attending outreach events such as community meetings, youth sporting events and anti-crime rallies.

 

Modernization & Preventative Maintenance

All public housing residents

Time-Limited

Performed a large-scale brick-replacement project at Eisenhower and Rhodes Apartments. Project included replacement of all bricks on two 14- story high rise buildings on the south- side and 8 feet on the east & west ends of each building, installation of a new vapor barrier, and new awnings.

Installed a new Dumpster Area at Franklin Tower.

Completed concrete-replacement program to reduce trip hazards and ensure accessibility in all developments.

Painted 20 occupied units.

Participation in Homeownership

 

Participants in the Public Housing and Housing Choice Voucher programs

Ongoing

Continued efforts with the agency’s Housing Choice Voucher Homeownership Program. The program allows eligible voucher participants, who would be first-time homeowners, to use their voucher option to meet monthly homeownership expenses rather than pay rent. With assistance through the HCV Homeownership Program, a family meeting the eligibility requirements can own their own home. Three (3) eligible participants have become homeowners. RHA’s goal is to continue to increase participation in this program.

The public housing program has been in operation since 1995. A total of 50 homes have been renovated; 48 have been sold to low-income families. It is anticipated that the remaining 2 homes will be sold within 3 years.

Involvement in Management

Resident Councils

All public housing residents

Ongoing

Resident Councils function as the ‘united voice’ for each public housing development. Council membership is open to all residents of the respective development. Monthly general meetings are held in each location, with agenda items focused primarily upon housing-based issues and planning for recreational activities. Duly elected council officers chair monthly meetings, manage council finances, record meeting minutes and represent the membership at large in agency policy and procedures. Staff attend monthly general meetings, monthly executive planning meetings, committee meetings as appropriate, and provide ongoing support and assistance. The RHA Citywide Resident Council (CWRC) serves as the umbrella organization for all development-based resident councils, and is comprised of the elected officers of each location. An integral responsibility of the CWRC is to function as the agency’s Resident Advisory Board in the preparation and review of the agency’s 5-year and Annual Plans.

 

Resident Initiatives

Service Coordination

All public housing residents

Ongoing

Delivered short-term, intermittent casework services designed to help residents of affordable housing programs meet acute needs, improve quality of life and increase the likelihood of a successful tenancy. Includes the provision of direct service, information and referral, crisis intervention, mediation and internal and external advocacy. Services are delivered to meet needs associated with physical & mental health, substance abuse, finances, daily living tasks, employment & continuing education, parenting support and child welfare, domestic violence, access to insurances and entitlements, and basis needs such as food or clothing. Services are voluntary and confidential. In 2014, 339 unduplicated residents received 2265 distinct interventions to help with 490 identified problems.

 

Chore Services Program

Elderly residents and adult residents with disabilities

Ongoing

Through assistance with a contracted provider, elderly residents or adult residents with disabilities may be assisted with housekeeping needs. Services are provided when the resident is ineligible for mainstream programs and when they are willing and able to meet the remaining requirements of the lease and the program. In 2014, 39 unduplicated participants were assisted in this program.

 

Wellness Program

All adult residents of public housing

Ongoing

Through collaboration with various partner agencies, wellness services were provided more than 470 unduplicated residents, with 4,836 wellness counseling session delivered in total. Services are delivered by a complement of agency staff, contracted nurses and partner organizations in areas of individual wellness coaching, individual and group education, and wellness clubs and activities. The program utilizes more than 20 partners per year, including serving as a training site for nursing students from a local community college and university. In 2014, the program continued to implement approaches to meet the results of the prior year’s strategic planning including the delivery of a population survey and use of an electronic record for participant data.

 

Reasonable Accommodations Program

All public housing residents

Ongoing

Reasonable Accommodations are provided in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. Reading Housing Authority will modify policies, rules, and procedures, or make a structural change to a common area or dwelling, in order to accommodate persons with disabilities so that such individuals can have an equal opportunity to use and enjoy the housing program. In 2014, Reading Housing Authority processed 90 requests for reasonable accommodation.

 

Holiday Basket Program

Elderly residents and adult residents with disabilities

Ongoing

In cooperation with the local Salvation Army, Resident Services provides an opportunity for all elderly and disabled residents of Reading Housing Authority to sign up for and receive a holiday gift and grocery gift card. Sign-ups and deliveries are provided on sight in the in the seven public housing community spaces because of the various challenges faced by residents in travelling off-site to community-based distributions. 449 households were assisted in 2013 through this program.

 

Scholarship Program

Residents of General Occupancy Developments

Ongoing

In memory of long-time board member Stokes Stitt, Reading Housing Authority offers a scholarship program to residents of Oakbrook and Glenside Homes. Two scholarships, each a maximum of $8,000, are awarded on a competitive basis.

 

90+ Birthday Club

All public housing residents

Ongoing

Birthday wishes are delivered to residents ages 90+ in each public housing development, providing an opportunity for service coordination follow-up of the organization’s frailest residents.

 

 

Food Access

6 Public Housing Developments

Ongoing

Through collaboration with the regional food bank, pantry services are delivered on-site, and in some cases, to the home, in 6 public housing developments. This includes the monthly distribution of Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP), a federally funded program to improve the he3alth of residents 60 years of age and older. Also included are monthly distributions that are conducted in cooperation with two area churches and respective resident councils.

 

Senior Community Center

Elderly residents and adult residents with disabilities

Ongoing

Social, educational and health-related programming, along with an afternoon meal, is offered 3 days per week at Kennedy Towers. Services are provided by a local human service agency and funded by the Area Agency on Aging.

 

Summer Picnics

Elderly residents and adult residents with disabilities

Ongoing

In effort to increase resident participation and involvement in agency policy, summer picnics are sponsored at each highrise, followed by the monthly meeting of the Board of Directors.

 

Youth Programs

Youth residents

Ongoing

An after-school and summer camping program are offered to youth residents of Oakbrook and Glenside Homes. In partnership with the local boys and girls club, programming is offered to meet the needs of development youth in areas of character and leadership development, the arts, education and career development, sports, fitness and recreation, and health and life skills. In 2013, more than 200 youth members were served through this program.