PY2017 City of Reading Action Plan

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Executive Summary

 

AP-05 Executive Summary - 24 CFR 91.200(c), 91.220(b)

  1. Introduction

     

    This section will summarize the objectives and outcomes identified in the City of Reading's 2017 Annual Action Plan. It will also summarize the citizen participation and consultation process used to develop the plan.

     

  2. Summarize the objectives and outcomes identified in the Plan

     

    This could be a restatement of items or a table listed elsewhere in the plan or a reference to another location. It may also contain any essential items from the housing and homeless needs assessment, the housing market analysis or the strategic plan.

     

    The City of Reading, Pennsylvania has prepared the 2017 Action Plan in order to strategically implement federal programs that fund housing, community development, and economic development activities within the City. The 2017 Action Plan is the fourth action plan of the City of Reading and the County of Berks 2014 to 2018 Consolidated Plan. The City and the County have undertaken an effort to increase cooperation between the two community development offices due to the need to have more efficiency in implementing the various HUD and non-HUD funded programs. This cooperation enables the sharing of administrative duties, pooling of resources and joint decision-making. Through a collaborative planning process involving a broad range of public and private agencies, the County and the City have developed a single, consolidated planning and application document for the use of available federal entitlement funds.

     

    The federal funds made available to the City through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME) and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) programs will be used to address the needs outlined in the Strategic Plan.

     

    The three overarching objectives guiding the proposed activities are to:

     

    • Provide Decent Affordable Housing

    • Create Suitable Living Environments

    • Create Economic Opportunities

       

      Outcomes show how programs and activities benefit a community or the individuals served. The three outcomes that will illustrate the benefits of each activity are:

    • Improving Availability/Accessibility

    • Improving Affordability

    • Improving Sustainability

       

      All activities support at least one objective and one outcome. The framework for realizing the objectives and outcomes include the following goals:

       

    • Providing decent, affordable housing

    • Increasing homeownership

    • Providing a suitable living environment

    • Expanding economic opportunities

    • Supporting County-wide efforts to end homelessness

       

  3. Evaluation of past performance

     

    This is an evaluation of past performance that helped lead the grantee to choose its goals or projects.

     

    The City has had CDBG, ESG and HOME funded projects that have taken much longer to complete than expected. The City's goal is to select projects that it believes can be completed within a reasonable time.

     

  4. Summary of Citizen Participation Process and consultation process

     

    Summary from citizen participation section of plan.

     

    The Citizen Participation Process for the Annual Action Plan included multiple steps.

     

    1. Notification: The Needs Hearing Announcement was published in the Reading Eagle newspaper.

    2. Public Hearings: The City held two public hearings to obtain citizens views and to respond to proposals and questions. These hearings were held at two different stages of the program planning process.

       

      • Initial Public Hearing: The purpose of this initial hearing is to obtain the views of citizens and organizations regarding overall community development and housing needs. Since it also includes specific needs for the Annual Plan, discussion of proposed activities is encouraged. Information on the estimated amount of funding that will benefit persons of low and moderate income and a review program performance in the past year are incorporated. This hearing was held on June 2, 2016. This hearing is conducted jointly by the Berks County Redevelopment Authority and the City of Reading Community Development Department.

      •  

      • Second Public Hearing: A second hearing was held on November 2 and 3, 2016. The purpose of this hearing was to provide citizens an opportunity to comment on the Plan and the proposed 2017 Action Plan. A summary of the Plan and proposed activities was published. The notice appeared in the non-legal section of papers of the Reading Eagle on October 1, 2016, which is at least thirty (30) calendar days prior to the adoption of the Plan, and provided locations at which the Plan was made available for public review. This hearing was conducted by the City of Reading Community Development Department and the Berks County Redevelopment Authority.

 

  1. Acceptance of Written Comments, Proposals, or Recommendations: All Citizens and Organizations within the City were provided with an opportunity to submit comments, proposals, or recommendations on the Plan for 2017. During the program year, any written statements received will receive a written response no later than fifteen (15) working days from the date of receipt, setting forth the action taken or to be taken with respect to the comment, proposal, or recommendation. Written statements that are intended to suggest modifications to the application can only be considered if they are received by the end of the thirty (30) day review period.

 

  1. Summary of public comments

     

    This could be a brief narrative summary or reference an attached document from the Citizen Participation section of the Con Plan.

     

    Public comments have been received and have been made an attachment to the Action Plan.

     

  2. Summary of comments or views not accepted and the reasons for not accepting them

     

    Public comments have been received and have been made an attachment to the Action Plan.

     

  3. Summary

 

The City of Reading developed its 2017 Annual Action Plan's main objectives through a process of citizen participation and consultation.

 

The Action Plan has been developed using an estimate of the amount of 2017 CDBG, ESG, and HOME entitlement funding that the City plans to receive from HUD. Funding amount revisions will be made to the activities in the Action Plan should the exact amount of funding awarded by HUD differ from the estimate. The activities with the highest funding amounts are the highest priority activities. Those priorities will remain the same irrespective of the amount of funding received from HUD. An activity funding amount revision will be based on the priorities and each entitlement program’s funding caps. The City will adhere to the Citizen Participation Plan amendment requirements if an activity will be added to or cancelled from the Action Plan.

Also, the City may deobligate funds from previous year Action Plan activities that are not underway in order to fund 2017 activities if HUD does not make the 2017 entitlement funding available in the line of credit.

 

Annual Action Plan 5

2017

 

PR-05 Lead & Responsible Agencies - 91.200(b)

1. Agency/entity responsible for preparing/administering the Consolidated Plan

 

The following are the agencies/entities responsible for preparing the Consolidated Plan and those responsible for administration of each grant program and funding source.

 

Agency Role

 

Name

Department/Agency

Lead Agency

 

READING

 

CDBG Administrator

  

Community Development Department

HOPWA Administrator

   

HOME Administrator

  

Community Development Department

ESG Administrator

  

Community Development Department

HOPWA-C Administrator

   

Table 1 – Responsible Agencies

 

Narrative

 

Consolidated Plan Public Contact Information

 

Alejandro Palacios

 

Community Development Director City Hall

815 Washington St.

 

Reading, PA 19601

 

Annual Action Plan 7

2017

AP-10 Consultation - 91.100, 91.200(b), 91.215(l)

  1. Introduction

     

    This section will prvide a summary of the City of Reading's consultation with several agencies, including the City of Reading/County of Berks Continuum of Care.

     

    Provide a concise summary of the jurisdiction’s activities to enhance coordination between public and assisted housing providers and private and governmental health, mental health and service agencies (91.215(l)).

     

    The City of Reading and its subrecipient agencies coordinate with public and assisted housing providers, health, and mental health service agencies when appropriate in order to provide optimum assistance to citizens in need of housing and other services that are funded through HUD programs.

     

    The City has opportunities for regular dialogue with a wide range of community groups. These groups have regular access to representatives of the City. The city’s participation in the HUD programs are widely and regularly advertised and discussed in public forums. Many local organizations participate in the funding programs as subrecipients or through the Berks Coalition to End Homelessness and similar organizations. These forums provide additional opportunity to learn about the federal funding programs.

     

    Describe coordination with the Continuum of Care and efforts to address the needs of homeless persons (particularly chronically homeless individuals and families, families with children, veterans, and unaccompanied youth) and persons at risk of homelessness.

     

    The CoC that serves the County of Berks and the City of Reading is consulted annually regarding how to allocate ESG funds. Each year, applications are received and reviewed by Community Development Staff for eligibility, then sent to the CoC to evaluate and make recommendations for funding. This is done in a committee, which is exclusively made up of members of the CoC who are not applying for ESG funding, but are active members of the CoC.

     

    Performance standards were developed in consultation with our CoC in 2012, with the implementation of the HEARTH Act. Leadership from the CoC met with City Community Development staff to outline performance standards based on those already used. These performance standards were then taken back to CoC membership for review and comment.

     

    Procedures for the operation and administration of HMIS were also developed in consultation with the CoC back in 2012 with the implementation of the HEARTH Act. In order to develop procedures for the operation and administration of HMIS, the City and its Continuum of Care leadership reviewed

    procedures for operation and administration of HMIS that existed at the time and made changes where necessary.

     

    Describe consultation with the Continuum(s) of Care that serves the jurisdiction's area in determining how to allocate ESG funds, develop performance standards for and evaluate outcomes of projects and activities assisted by ESG funds, and develop funding, policies and procedures for the operation and administration of HMIS

     

    The CoC that serves the County of Berks and the City of Reading is consulted annually regarding how to allocate ESG funds. Each year, applications are received and reviewed by Community Development Staff for eligibility, then sent to the CoC to evaluate and make recommendations for funding. This is done in a committee, which is exclusively made up of members of the CoC who are not applying for ESG funding, but are active members of the CoC.

     

    Performance standards were developed in consultation with our CoC in 2012, with the implementation of the HEARTH Act. Leadership from the CoC met with City Community Development staff to outline performance standards based on those already used. These performance standards were then taken back to CoC membership for review and comment.

     

    Procedures for the operation and administration of HMIS were also developed in consultation with the CoC back in 2012 with the implementation of the HEARTH Act. In order to develop procedures for the operation and administration of HMIS, the City and its Continuum of Care leadership reviewed procedures for operation and administration of HMIS that existed at the time and made changes where necessary. Each subrecipient agency is required to participate in HMIS accept where prohibited.

     

  2. Agencies, groups, organizations and others who participated in the process and consultations

     

    Annual Action Plan 9

    2017

    Table 2 – Agencies, groups, organizations who participated

    1

    Agency/Group/Organization

    Berks Coalition to End Homelessness

     

    Agency/Group/Organization Type

    Services-homeless

     

    What section of the Plan was addressed by Consultation?

    Homeless Needs - Chronically homeless Homeless Needs - Families with children Homelessness Needs - Veterans Homelessness Needs - Unaccompanied youth Homelessness Strategy

    Anti-poverty Strategy

     

    Briefly describe how the Agency/Group/Organization was consulted. What are the anticipated outcomes of the consultation or areas for improved coordination?

    The Berks Coalition to End Homelessness, our City/County CoC was consulted on all sections pertaining to homeless needs and strategies for providing shelter, essential services, street outreach, re-housing, and homelessness prevention. They were also consulted in order to develop an anti-poverty strategy.

     

    Identify any Agency Types not consulted and provide rationale for not consulting

     

    The City has made an effort to consult the public and all types of agencies by providing the opportunity for comment and input and making a draft of the plan available for review and comments.

     

    Other local/regional/state/federal planning efforts considered when preparing the Plan

     

    Name of Plan

    Lead Organization

    How do the goals of your Strategic Plan overlap with the goals of each plan?

    Continuum of Care

    Berks Coalition to End Homelessness

    The goals of the City of Reading's annual plan overlap with the CoC's strategic plan.

     

    Table 3 – Other local / regional / federal planning efforts

     

    Narrative

     

    AP-12 Participation - 91.105, 91.200(c)

    1. Summary of citizen participation process/Efforts made to broaden citizen participation Summarize citizen participation process and how it impacted goal-setting

       

      The City of Reading's citizen participation process included two public hearings, one held prior to creating the Action Plan and one held after the Action Plan was drafted. The City made the Action Plan available to citizens for more than 30 days so that citizens could review the proposed Action Plan and provide comments to the City through the Community Development Department. Citizen comments were considered in

      preparing the final version of the Action Plan.

       

      Citizen Participation Outreach

       

      Sort Order

      Mode of Outreach

      Target of Outreach

      Summary of response/attendance

      Summary of comments received

      Summary of comments not accepted

      and reasons

      URL (If

      applicable)

       

      1

       

      Newspaper Ad

       

      Non- targeted/broad community

       

      Please see the attached comments.

       

      Please see the attached comments.

      All comments were noted and considered in preparing the final version of the action plan.

       

      Table 4 – Citizen Participation Outreach

       

      Expected Resources

       

      AP-15 Expected Resources - 91.220(c)(1,2)

      Introduction

       

      The following are the amounts of the CDBG, ESG, and HOME funds that are expected to be made available to the City of Reading in 2017.

       

      Anticipated Resources

       

      Program

      Source of Funds

      Uses of Funds

      Expected Amount Available Year 1

      Expected Amount Available Reminder of ConPlan

      $

      Narrative Description

      Annual Allocation:

      $

      Program Income:

      $

      Prior Year Resources:

      $

      Total:

      $

      CDBG

      public - federal

      Acquisition

      Admin and Planning

      Economic Development Housing

      Public Improvements Public Services

       

      2,419,585

       

      284,714

       

      50,000

       

      2,754,299

       

      0

      Amount available remainder of ConPlan assumes we will receive the same amount of CDBG funding each year.

       

      Program

      Source of

      Uses of Funds

      Expected Amoun

      t Available Ye

      ar 1

      Expected

      Narrative Description

       

      Funds

       

      Annual Allocation:

      $

      Program Income:

      $

      Prior Year Resources:

      $

      Total:

      $

      Amount Available Reminder of ConPlan

      $

       

      HOME

      public - federal

      Acquisition Homebuyer assistance Homeowner rehab Multifamily rental new construction Multifamily rental rehab

      New construction for ownership

      TBRA

       

      745,445

       

      0

       

      264,960

       

      1,010,405

       

      0

      Amount available remainder of ConPlan assumes we will receive the same amount of HOME funding each year.

      ESG

      public - federal

      Conversion and rehab for transitional housing

      Financial Assistance Overnight shelter Rapid re-housing (rental assistance) Rental Assistance Services Transitional housing

       

      218,460

       

      0

       

      0

       

      218,460

       

      0

      Amount available remainder of ConPlan assumes we will receive the same amount of ESG funding each year.

      Table 5 - Expected Resources – Priority Table

       

      Explain how federal funds will leverage those additional resources (private, state and local funds), including a description of how

       

      matching requirements will be satisfied

       

      CDBG - The CDBG funding does not require a match. Some of the park and playground projects are funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Code Enforcement and Community Policing activities will also be funded by the City's General Fund. Some of the Commercial and Residential Facade Programs require the applicant to inject private funds into their projects.

       

      ESG - The match will be provided partially with CDBG funds, but mostly with private funds raised by agencies providing the match. HOME - In PY2017 the City of Reading anticipates receiving a 100% reduction of the matching contribution requirement.

      If appropriate, describe publically owned land or property located within the jurisdiction that may be used to address the needs identified in the plan

       

      NA

       

      Discussion

       

      The City of Reading expects to receive $2,419,585 in CDBG EN, $284,714 PI, $745,445 in HOME funds, and $218,460 in ESG funds in

      PY2017. $50,000 of unprogrammed funds will be utilized for 2017 CDBG Activities$264,960 of unprogrammed funds will be utilized for 2017 HOME Activities. In addition, Neighborhood Housing Services of Greater Reading expects to receive $28,500 in CDBG Program Income from their Homeownership Program Revolving Loan Fund. NHS anticipates issuing 3 loans with the CDBG Program Income funding that they receive. A PY2017 CDBG Action Plan amendment has been executed. The City is using $50,000 in unprogrammed CDBG funds for the Berks Coalition To End Homelessness Franklin Program.

       

      Annual Goals and Objectives

       

      AP-20 Annual Goals and Objectives - 91.220(c)(3)&(e)

      Goals Summary Information

       

      Sort Order

      Goal Name

      Start Year

      End Year

      Category

      Geographic Area

      Needs Addressed

      Funding

      Goal Outcome Indicator

      1

      Homeless and Special Needs

      2014

      2018

      Homeless

      Non-Homeless Special Needs

      City of Reading - Citywide

      Homeless Shelter Homelessness Prevention

      CDBG:

      $183,880

      HOME:

      $150,000

      ESG:

      $218,460

      Public Facility or Infrastructure Activities other than Low/Moderate Income Housing Benefit: 656 Persons Assisted

      Public service activities other than Low/Moderate Income Housing Benefit: 12 Persons Assisted

      Homeowner Housing Rehabilitated: 5 Household Housing Unit

      Tenant-based rental assistance / Rapid Rehousing: 20 Households Assisted

      Other: 1 Other

       

      Sort Order

      Goal Name

      Start Year

      End Year

      Category

      Geographic Area

      Needs Addressed

      Funding

      Goal Outcome Indicator

      2

      Public facilities/infrastructure improvements

      2014

      2018

      Non-Housing Community Development

      City of Reading - Citywide

      Public Facilities Public Improvements & Infrastructure

      CDBG:

      $431,000

      Public Facility or Infrastructure Activities other than Low/Moderate Income Housing Benefit: 42243 Persons Assisted

      3

      Demolition of deteriorated buildings

      2014

      2018

      Non-Housing Community Development Demolition and Clearance

      City of Reading - Citywide

      Demolition of hazardous buildings

      CDBG:

      $400,000

      Buildings Demolished: 8 Buildings

      4

      Expansion of economic opportunities

      2014

      2018

      Economic Development

      City of Reading - Citywide Downtown Reading

      Economic Development

      CDBG:

      $20,000

      Facade treatment/business building rehabilitation: 1 Business

      Businesses assisted: 40 Businesses Assisted

      5

      Retain existing housing stock

      2014

      2018

      Affordable Housing

      Second Street Redevelopment Area

      City of Reading - Citywide Historic Districts

      Rehabilitation of existing units.

      Residential Facade Improvement

      CDBG:

      $200,000

      HOME:

      $650,000

      Homeowner Housing Rehabilitated: 26 Household Housing Unit

      Other: 3 Other

      7

      Commercial Facade Improvements

      2014

      2018

      Non-Housing Community Development

      Historic Districts

      Commercial Facade Improvements

      CDBG:

      $50,000

      Facade treatment/business building rehabilitation: 2 Business

       

      Sort Order

      Goal Name

      Start Year

      End Year

      Category

      Geographic Area

      Needs Addressed

      Funding

      Goal Outcome Indicator

      8

      Crime Prevention

      2014

      2018

      Non-Housing Community Development

      Community Policing Area

      Community Policing

      CDBG:

      $273,989

      Public service activities other than Low/Moderate Income Housing Benefit: 52260 Persons Assisted

      9

      Code Enforcement Area Building Improvements

      2014

      2018

      Code Enforcement

      Code Enforcement Area

      Rehabilitation of existing units.

      Code Enforcement - City of Reading

      CDBG:

      $670,000

      Other: 8786 Other

      10

      Fair Housing

      2014

      2018

      Housing Availability and Housing Discrimination

      City of Reading - Citywide

      Fair Housing

      CDBG:

      $20,000

      Public service activities other than Low/Moderate Income Housing Benefit: 556 Persons Assisted

      11

      Development of additional affordable housing

      2014

      2018

      Affordable Housing

      City of Reading - Citywide

      Rehabilitation of existing units.

      HOME:

      $690,000

      Rental units rehabilitated: 2 Household Housing Unit Homeowner Housing Rehabilitated: 2 Household Housing Unit

      Direct Financial Assistance to Homebuyers: 13 Households Assisted

      12

      Youth Services

      2014

      2018

      Non-Housing Community Development

      City of Reading - Citywide

      Youth services

      CDBG:

      $25,000

      Public service activities other than Low/Moderate Income Housing Benefit: 500 Persons Assisted

      Table 6 – Goals Summary

       

      Goal Descriptions

       

      1

      Goal Name

      Homeless and Special Needs

       

      Goal Description

       

      2

      Goal Name

      Public facilities/infrastructure improvements

       

      Goal Description

       

      3

      Goal Name

      Demolition of deteriorated buildings

       

      Goal Description

       

      4

      Goal Name

      Expansion of economic opportunities

       

      Goal Description

       

      5

      Goal Name

      Retain existing housing stock

       

      Goal Description

       

      7

      Goal Name

      Commercial Facade Improvements

       

      Goal Description

       

      8

      Goal Name

      Crime Prevention

       

      Goal Description

       

      9

      Goal Name

      Code Enforcement Area Building Improvements

       

      Goal Description

       

      10

      Goal Name

      Fair Housing

       

      Goal Description

       

      11

      Goal Name

      Development of additional affordable housing

       

      Goal Description

       

       

      12

      Goal Name

      Youth Services

       

      Goal Description

       

      Table 7 – Goal Descriptions

       

      Annual Action Plan 20

      2017

      AP-35 Projects - 91.220(d)

      Introduction

       

      The following are the PY2017 projects. In 2017, Neighborhood Housing Services of Greater Reading Inc. anticipates receiving $28,500 in CDBG Program Income in their revolving loan fund and they plan to issue 3 homeownership assistance loans to low and moderate income households in the City of Reading.

       

      #

      Project Name

      1

      Abilities In Motion

      3

      ADA Curb Ramps

      4

      Code Enforcement - PMI

      5

      Code Enforcement - Trades

      6

      Demolition

      7

      Front and Shiller Playground Imrovements

      8

      Commercial Facade Improvement Program

      9

      Residential Facade Improvement Program

      10

      Hope Rescue Mission Shelter Improvements

      11

      Micro-Enterprise Technical Assistance

      12

      Neighborhood Housing Services Major System Rehab Program

      13

      Northeast Branch Public Library HVAC Improvements

      14

      Catholic Charities Homelessness Prevention

      15

      Community Policing Program

      16

      Human Relations Commission Homelesness Prevention

      17

      Human Relations Commission Fair Housing

      18

      Human Relations Commission Landlord and Tenant Mediation

      19

      Olivet Boys and Girls Club Pendora Park

      20

      HOME ADMIN

      21

      HOME Rental Rehab

      22

      HOME Acquisition Rehab Resale

      23

      HOME OWNERSHIP ASSISTANCE HOP

      24

      HOME CHDO

      25

      CHDO OPERATING SUPPORT

      26

      TENANT BASED RENTAL ASSISTANCE

      27

      2017 ESG CITY OF READING

      28

      Berks Coalition To End Homelessness - The Franklin Program

        29CDBG Administration

      Table 8 – Project Information

      Describe the reasons for allocation priorities and any obstacles to addressing underserved needs

       

      The City's biggest obstacle to address underseved needs is the lack of state and federal funding.

       

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      2017

       

      AP-38 Project Summary

      Project Summary Information

       

      Table 9 – Project Summary

      1

      Project Name

      Abilities In Motion

       

      Target Area

      City of Reading - Citywide

       

      Goals Supported

      Retain existing housing stock Homeless and Special Needs

       

      Needs Addressed

      Rehabilitation of existing units.

       

      Funding

      CDBG: $30,000

       

      Description

      American with Disability Act improvements to residential units. The unit must be owner-occupied. The maximum amount of CDBG assistance provided is $5,000 per unit. The agency may partner with another non-profit agency. Objective: Decent Housing Outcome: Availability/Accessibility 24CFR570.202 Residential Rehab 24CFR570.208(a)(3) Low Mod Housing Benefit Activity.

       

      Target Date

      12/31/2017

       

      Estimate the number and type of families that will benefit from the proposed activities

      5 low and moderate income level housing units.

       

      Location Description

      Citywide activity.

       

      Planned Activities

       

       

      2

      Project Name

      ADA Curb Ramps

       

      Target Area

      City of Reading - Citywide

       

      Goals Supported

      Public facilities/infrastructure improvements

       

      Needs Addressed

      Public Improvements & Infrastructure

       

      Funding

      CDBG: $200,000

       

      Description

      Install new ramps along accessible routes throughout the City. Objective: Suitable Living Environment Outcome: Sustainability 24CFR570.201(c) Public Facility and Improvements24CFR570.208 (a)(2)(i)(A) Low Mod Limited Clientele (Presumed Benefit) Activity. 24 ramps will be installed.

       

      Target Date

      12/31/2017

       

      Estimate the number and type of families that will benefit from the proposed activities

      16,653 disabled persons reside in the City of Reading.

       

       

      Location Description

      Citywide

       

      Planned Activities

       

      3

      Project Name

      Code Enforcement - PMI

       

      Target Area

      Code Enforcement Area

       

      Goals Supported

      Retain existing housing stock

      Code Enforcement Area Building Improvements

       

      Needs Addressed

      Rehabilitation of existing units. Code Enforcement - City of Reading

       

      Funding

      CDBG: $500,000

       

      Description

      Inspection for code violations and enforcement of codes in deteriorating or deteriorated areas. Objective: Suitable Living Environment Outcome: Sustainability 24CFR570.202(c) Code Enforcement 24CFR570.208(a)(1) Low Mod Area Benefit Activity Service area is predominately residential. At least 51% of the persons in the service area are low and moderate income level persons. The benefit derived is available to all residents in the service area. 5,100 is the estimated number of inspections in 2017. A property may be inspected multiple times.

       

      Target Date

      12/31/2017

       

      Estimate the number and type of families that will benefit from the proposed activities

      64,020 persons reside in the CDBG Code Enforcement Area.

       

      Location Description

      Census Tract Block Groups 1-1, 1-2, 1-3, 1-4, 1-5, 2-2, 3-1, 3-2, 4-2, 4-3, 5-1, 7-2, 7-3, 8-1, 8-2, 8-3, 9-1, 9-2,

      10-1, 10-2, 11-1, 11-2, 11-3, 12-1, 12-2, 13-1, 13-2, 13-3, 14-1, 14-2, 14-3, 14-4, 15-1, 15-2, 15-3, 16-1, 16-2,

      17-1, 17-2, 18-2, 19-1, 19-2, 20-1, 20-2, 20-3, 21-1, 21-2, 21-3, 22-1, 22-2, 23-1, 23-2, 25-1, 25-2, 25-3

       

      Planned Activities

       

      4

      Project Name

      Code Enforcement - Trades

       

       

      Target Area

      Code Enforcement Area

       

      Goals Supported

      Retain existing housing stock

      Code Enforcement Area Building Improvements

       

      Needs Addressed

      Production of new units Rehabilitation of existing units. Code Enforcement - City of Reading

       

      Funding

      CDBG: $170,000

       

      Description

      Inspection for code violations and enforcement of codes in deteriorating or deteriorated areas. Objective: Suitable Living Environment Outcome: Sustainability 24CFR570.202(c) Code Enforcement 24CFR570.208(a)(1) Low Mod Area Benefit Activity. Service area is predominately residential. At least 51% of the persons in the service area are low and moderate income level persons. The benefit derived is available to all residents in the service area. 3,686 is the estimated number of inspections in 2017. A property may be inspected multiple times.

       

      Target Date

      12/31/2017

       

      Estimate the number and type of families that will benefit from the proposed activities

      64,020 persons reside in the CDBG Code Enforcement Area.

       

      Location Description

      Census Tract Block Groups 1-1, 1-2, 1-3, 1-4, 1-5, 2-2, 3-1, 3-2, 4-2, 4-3, 5-1, 7-2, 7-3, 8-1, 8-2, 8-3, 9-1, 9-2,

      10-1, 10-2, 11-1, 11-2, 11-3, 12-1, 12-2, 13-1, 13-2, 13-3, 14-1, 14-2, 14-3, 14-4, 15-1, 15-2, 15-3, 16-1, 16-2,

      17-1, 17-2, 18-2, 19-1, 19-2, 20-1, 20-2, 20-3, 21-1, 21-2, 21-3, 22-1, 22-2, 23-1, 23-2, 25-1, 25-2, 25-3

       

      Planned Activities

       

      5

      Project Name

      Demolition

       

      Target Area

      City of Reading - Citywide

       

      Goals Supported

      Demolition of deteriorated buildings

       

       

      Needs Addressed

      Demolition of hazardous buildings

       

      Funding

      CDBG: $400,000

       

      Description

      The demolition of hazardous building's ordered by the City's Building Official. Objective: Suitable Living Environment Outcome: Sustainability 24CFR570.201(d) Clearance and Demolition 24CFR570.208(b)(2) Slum and Blight Spot Basis Activity. 8 buildings to be demolished.

       

      Target Date

      12/31/2017

       

      Estimate the number and type of families that will benefit from the proposed activities

       
       

      Location Description

      Citywide

       

      Planned Activities

       

      6

      Project Name

      Front and Shiller Playground Imrovements

       

      Target Area

       
       

      Goals Supported

      Public facilities/infrastructure improvements

       

      Needs Addressed

      Public Facilities

       

      Funding

      CDBG: $150,000

       

      Description

      The upgrade of the water feature, play apparatus/swing set and safety surface, site furnishings, landscaping, meeting ADA accessibility requirements, and retaining design services for site work. Objective: Suitable Living Environment Outcome: Sustainability 24CFR570.201(c) Parks, Recreational Facilities24CFR570.208(a)(1) Low Mod Area Benefit Activity Service area is predominately residential. At least 51% of the persons in the service area are low and moderate income level persons. The benefit derived is available to all residents in the service area.

       

      Target Date

      12/31/2017

       

       

      Estimate the number and type of families that will benefit from the proposed activities

      5,105 persons reside in the service area

       

      Location Description

      Front and Shiller Streets. The activity's service area is Census Tract Block Gropus 10-1, 10-2, 12-1, 12-2, 13- 1, 13-2

       

      Planned Activities

       

      7

      Project Name

      Commercial Facade Improvement Program

       

      Target Area

      Historic Districts

       

      Goals Supported

      Commercial Facade Improvements

       

      Needs Addressed

      Commercial Facade Improvements

       

      Funding

      CDBG: $50,000

       

      Description

      Commercial building facade improvements. Objective: Economic Opportunity Outcome: Sustainability 24CFR570.202(a) Rehabilitation 24CFR570.208(b)(1) Activities to address slums or blight on an area basis.

       

      Target Date

      12/31/2017

       

      Estimate the number and type of families that will benefit from the proposed activities

       

       

       

      Location Description

      The program will be conducted in the select sections of City Historic Districts and Census Tract 1 that meet the Slum and Blight Area regulatory requirements. The designated area in which the activity occurs will meet the definition of a slum, blighted, deteriorated or deteriorating area under Pennsylvania or City law;

      – Additionally, the area must meet either one of the two conditions: Public improvements throughout the area are in a general state of deterioration; or At least 25 percent of the properties throughout the area exhibit one or more of the following. • Physical deterioration of buildings/improvements;_• Abandonment of properties; • Chronic high occupancy turnover rates or chronic high vacancy rates in commercial or industrial buildings; • Significant declines in property values or abnormally low property values relative to other areas in the community; or • Known or suspected environmental contamination.

       

      Planned Activities

       

      8

      Project Name

      Residential Facade Improvement Program

       

      Target Area

      Historic Districts

       

      Goals Supported

      Retain existing housing stock

       

      Needs Addressed

      Residential Facade Improvement

       

      Funding

      CDBG: $20,000

       

      Description

      Residential facade improvements. Objective: Decent Housing Outcome: Availability/Accessibility 24CFR570.202(a) Rehabilitation 24CFR570.208(b)(1) Activities to address slums or blight on an area basis

       

      Target Date

      12/31/2017

       

      Estimate the number and type of families that will benefit from the proposed activities

       

       

       

      Location Description

      The program will be conducted in the select sections of City Historic Districts and Census Tract 1 that meet the Slum and Blight Area regulatory requirements. The designated area in which the activity occurs will meet the definition of a slum, blighted, deteriorated or deteriorating area under Pennsylvania or City law;

      – Additionally, the area must meet either one of the two conditions: Public improvements throughout the area are in a general state of deterioration; or At least 25 percent of the properties throughout the area exhibit one or more of the following: • Physical deterioration of buildings/improvements; • Abandonment of properties; • Chronic high occupancy turnover rates or chronic high vacancy rates in commercial or industrial buildings; • Significant declines in property values or abnormally low property values relative to other areas in the community; or • Known or suspected environmental contamination.

       

      Planned Activities

       

      9

      Project Name

      Hope Rescue Mission Shelter Improvements

       

      Target Area

      City of Reading - Citywide

       

      Goals Supported

      Homeless and Special Needs

       

      Needs Addressed

      Homeless Shelter

       

      Funding

      CDBG: $58,990

       

      Description

      Improvements to the shelter's laundry room, shower, and bathroom. Objective: Suitable Living Environment Outcome: Sustainability 24CFR570.201(c) Public Facilities and Improvements 24CFR570.208(a)(2) Low Mod Limited Clientele Presumed Benefit There are 289 homeless males in the City of Reading.

       

      Target Date

      12/31/2017

       

      Estimate the number and type of families that will benefit from the proposed activities

      There are 289 homeless males in the Reading.

       

      Location Description

      645 N. 6th St.

       

       

      Planned Activities

       

      10

      Project Name

      Micro-Enterprise Technical Assistance

       

      Target Area

      City of Reading - Citywide

       

      Goals Supported

      Expansion of economic opportunities

       

      Needs Addressed

      Economic Development

       

      Funding

      CDBG: $20,000

       

      Description

      Technical assistance, advice, and business services to owners of microenterprises and persons developing microenterprises. A microenterprise is defined as a commercial enterprise that has five or fewer employees, one or more of whom owns the enterprise. The City will partner with non-profit organizations that have the ability to provide Micro-Enterprise technical assistance services. Objective: Economic Opportunity Outcome: Availability/Accessibility 24CFR570.201(o) Microenterprise Technical Assistance 24CFR570.208(a)(2) Low Mod Limited Clientele Benefit Activity.

       

      Target Date

      12/31/2017
       

      Estimate the number and type of families that will benefit from the proposed activities

      40 low and moderate income level persons micro-enterprises

       

      Location Description

      Citywide

       

      Planned Activities

       

      11

      Project Name

      Neighborhood Housing Services Major System Rehab Program

       

      Target Area

      City of Reading - Citywide

       

      Goals Supported

      Retain existing housing stock

       

      Needs Addressed

      Rehabilitation of existing units.

       

      Funding

      CDBG: $150,000

       

       

      Description

      Owner-occupied residential rehabilitation activity. The improvements are limited to the replacement of a major system/component. The activity will be conducted Citywide. The recipients in the Ricktown Neighborhood may be in any age group. Highest priority will be given to handicap persons. A recipient outside of the Ricktown neighborhood must be an elderly person. Highest priority will be given to handicap elderly persons. The maximum amount of CDBG assistance provided is $5,000 per housing unit. Objective: Decent Housing Outcome: Availability/Accessibility 24CFR570.202 Residential Rehab 24CFR570.208(a)(3) Low Mod Housing Benefit Activity

       

      Target Date

      12/31/2017

       

      Estimate the number and type of families that will benefit from the proposed activities

      21 low and moderate income housing units

       

      Location Description

      Citywide

       

      Planned Activities

       

      12

      Project Name

      Northeast Branch Public Library HVAC Improvements

       

      Target Area

       
       

      Goals Supported

      Public facilities/infrastructure improvements

       

      Needs Addressed

      Public Facilities

       

      Funding

      CDBG: $81,000

       

      Description

      Improvements to the building's HVAC system. Objective: Suitable Living Environment Outcome: Sustainability 24CFR570.201(c) Parks, Recreational Facilities 24CFR570.208(a)(1) Low Mod Area Benefit Activity 20,485 persons reside in the service area. Service area is predominately residential. At least 51% of the persons in the service area are low and moderate income level persons. The benefit derived is available to all residents in the service area.

       

      Target Date

      12/31/2017

       

       

      Estimate the number and type of families that will benefit from the proposed activities

      20,485 persons

       

      Location Description

      1348 N. 11th St.

       

      Planned Activities

       

      13

      Project Name

      Catholic Charities Homelessness Prevention

       

      Target Area

      City of Reading - Citywide

       

      Goals Supported

      Homeless and Special Needs

       

      Needs Addressed

      Homelessness Prevention

       

      Funding

      CDBG: $20,000

       

      Description

      CDBG funds will be used to reimburse the staff costs needed to administer the homeless prevention activity. Homeless prevention services may include emergency financial assistance and homeless prevention services to households that have received an eviction notice or notice of termination of utility services. Emergency financial assistance may include rental assistance to prevent eviction, mortgage assistance to prevent foreclosure, first month's rent to permit a homeless family to move into its own apartment, security deposit assistance, and assistance to prevent utility termination. Homeless prevention services may include housing counseling, landlord/tenant mediation, and legal services. The agency may partner with another non-profit agency in providing services. Objective: Suitable Living Environment Outcome: Sustainability 24CFR570.201(e) Public Services 24CFR570.208(a)(2) Low Mod Limited Clientele Benefit Activity

       

      Target Date

      12/31/2017

       

       

      Estimate the number and type of families that will benefit from the proposed activities

      30 persons

       

      Location Description

      Citywide

       

      Planned Activities

       

      14

      Project Name

      Community Policing Program

       

      Target Area

      Community Policing Area

       

      Goals Supported

      Crime Prevention

       

      Needs Addressed

      Community Policing

       

      Funding

      CDBG: $273,989

       

      Description

      A non-traditional form of police activity that employs several strategies; problem oriented policing, team policing which utilizes multiple officers to address a problem or problem area, multi-law enforcement and organizational cooperation, citizen/police partnership building, and encouraging community involvement in policing. Objective: Suitable Living Environment Outcome: Sustainability 24CFR570.201(e) Crime Awareness 24CFR570.208(a)(1) Low Mod Area Benefit Activity Service area is predominately residential. At least 51% of the persons in the service area are low and moderate income level persons. The benefit derived is available to all residents in the service area.

       

      Target Date

      12/31/2017

       

      Estimate the number and type of families that will benefit from the proposed activities

      52,260 persons reside in the activity's service area.

       

       

      Location Description

      Census Tract - Block Group 1-1, 1-2, 1-3, 1-4, 1-5, 3-1, 3-2, 7-1, 7-2, 7-3, 8-1, 8-2, 8-3, 9-2, 10-1, 10-2, 11-1,

      11-2, 11-3, 12-1, 12-2, 13-1, 13-2, 14-1, 14-2, 14-3, 14-4, 15-1, 15-2, 16-2, 17-1, 17-2, 18-1, 19-1, 19-2, 21-1,

      21-2, 21-3, 22-1, 22-2, 23-1, 23-2, 25-1, 25-2, 25-3

       

      Planned Activities

       

      15

      Project Name

      Human Relations Commission Homelesness Prevention

       

      Target Area

      City of Reading - Citywide

       

      Goals Supported

      Homeless and Special Needs

       

      Needs Addressed

      Homelessness Prevention

       

      Funding

      CDBG: $15,000

       

      Description

      CDBG funds will be used to reimburse the staff costs needed to administer the homeless prevention activity. Homeless prevention services may include emergency financial assistance and homeless prevention services to households that have received an eviction notice or notice of termination of utility services. Emergency financial assistance may include rental assistance to prevent eviction, mortgage assistance to prevent foreclosure, first month's rent to permit a homeless family to move into its own apartment, security deposit assistance, and assistance to prevent utility termination. Homeless prevention services may include housing counseling, landlord/tenant mediation, and legal services. The agency may partner with another non-profit agency in providing services. Objective: Suitable Living Environment Outcome: Sustainability 24CFR570.201(e) Public Services 24CFR570.208(a)(2) Low Mod Limited Clientele Benefit Activity

       

      Target Date

      12/31/2017

       

      Estimate the number and type of families that will benefit from the proposed activities

      513 persons

       

      Location Description

      City-wide

       

       

      Planned Activities

       

      16

      Project Name

      Human Relations Commission Fair Housing

       

      Target Area

      City of Reading - Citywide

       

      Goals Supported

      Fair Housing

       

      Needs Addressed

      Fair Housing

       

      Funding

      CDBG: $20,000

       

      Description

      Interview potential victims of discrimination; take complaints; conduct preliminary investigations; conduct mediation; conciliating; and disseminate information about fair housing laws Objective: Suitable Living Environment Outcome: Sustainability 24CFR570.201(e) Public Services 24CFR570.208(a)(2) Low Mod Limited Clientele Benefit Activity

       

      Target Date

      12/31/2017

       

      Estimate the number and type of families that will benefit from the proposed activities

      556 persons

       

      Location Description

      Citywide

       

      Planned Activities

       

      17

      Project Name

      Human Relations Commission Landlord and Tenant Mediation

       

      Target Area

      City of Reading - Citywide

       

      Goals Supported

      Fair Housing

       

      Needs Addressed

      Homelessness Prevention

       

      Funding

      CDBG: $10,000

       

       

      Description

      Landlord tenant mediation services to prevent evictions Objective: Suitable Living Environment Outcome: Sustainability 24CFR570.201(e) Public Services 24CFR570.208(a)(2) Low Mod Limited Clientele Benefit Activity

       

      Target Date

      12/31/2017

       

      Estimate the number and type of families that will benefit from the proposed activities

      113 persons

       

      Location Description

       
       

      Planned Activities

       

      18

      Project Name

      Olivet Boys and Girls Club Pendora Park

       

      Target Area

       
       

      Goals Supported

      Youth Services

       

      Needs Addressed

      Youth services

       

      Funding

      CDBG: $25,000

       

      Description

      A youth services activity. The following activities will be conducted - Academic Success, Character and Leadership, Healthy Lifestyles, and Community Events. Objective: Suitable Living Environment Outcome: Sustainability 24CFR570.201(e) Public Services 24CFR570.208(a)(2) Low Mod Limited Clientele Benefit Activity

       

      Target Date

      12/31/2017

       

      Estimate the number and type of families that will benefit from the proposed activities

      500 youth

       

       

      Location Description

      The Olivet's building is located in Pendora Park 19th and Forrest Streets. The activity's outreach area is southeast Reading.

       

      Planned Activities

       

      19

      Project Name

      HOME ADMIN

       

      Target Area

       
       

      Goals Supported

       
       

      Needs Addressed

       
       

      Funding

      HOME: $74,544

       

      Description

      Administrative

       

      Target Date

      12/31/2021

       

      Estimate the number and type of families that will benefit from the proposed activities

       
       

      Location Description

       
       

      Planned Activities

       

      20

      Project Name

      HOME Rental Rehab

       

      Target Area

      City of Reading - Citywide

       

      Goals Supported

      Retain existing housing stock

       

      Needs Addressed

      Rehabilitation of existing units.

       

      Funding

      HOME: $227,562

       

      Description

      Homes rehabilitation and lease to eligible tenant

       

       

      Target Date

      12/31/2021

       

      Estimate the number and type of families that will benefit from the proposed activities

      2 low and moderate income level

       

      Location Description

      Citywide

       

      Planned Activities

       

      21

      Project Name

      HOME Acquisition Rehab Resale

       

      Target Area

      City of Reading - Citywide

       

      Goals Supported

      Retain existing housing stock

       

      Needs Addressed

      Rehabilitation of existing units.

       

      Funding

      HOME: $178,050

       

      Description

      Acquisition, rehabilitation, and resale of homes to eligible homebuyers

       

      Target Date

      12/31/2021

       

      Estimate the number and type of families that will benefit from the proposed activities

      2 Units will be rehabilitated and sold to low and moderate income level homebuyers

       

      Location Description

       
       

      Planned Activities

       

      22

      Project Name

      HOME OWNERSHIP ASSISTANCE HOP

       

      Target Area

      City of Reading - Citywide

       

      Goals Supported

      Retain existing housing stock

       

       

      Needs Addressed

      Rehabilitation of existing units.

       

      Funding

      HOME: $197,562

       

      Description

       
       

      Target Date

      12/31/2021

       

      Estimate the number and type of families that will benefit from the proposed activities

      13 Low and moderate income level families will benefit from the proposed Home ownership financial assistance activity

       

      Location Description

       
       

      Planned Activities

       

      23

      Project Name

      HOME CHDO

       

      Target Area

      City of Reading - Citywide

       

      Goals Supported

      Retain existing housing stock

      Development of additional affordable housing

       

      Needs Addressed

      Rehabilitation of existing units.

       

      Funding

      HOME: $157,562

       

      Description

       
       

      Target Date

      12/31/2021

       

      Estimate the number and type of families that will benefit from the proposed activities

      One low and moderate income level family will benefit from the proposed CHDO activity

       

      Location Description

       
       

      Planned Activities

       

       

      24

      Project Name

      CHDO OPERATING SUPPORT

       

      Target Area

       
       

      Goals Supported

       
       

      Needs Addressed

       
       

      Funding

      HOME: $27,562

       

      Description

       
       

      Target Date

      12/31/2021

       

      Estimate the number and type of families that will benefit from the proposed activities

       
       

      Location Description

       
       

      Planned Activities

       

      25

      Project Name

      TENANT BASED RENTAL ASSISTANCE

       

      Target Area

      County-wide

       

      Goals Supported

      Homeless and Special Needs

       

      Needs Addressed

      Rental Assistance

       

      Funding

      HOME: $147,563

       

      Description

       
       

      Target Date

       

       

       

      Estimate the number and type of families that will benefit from the proposed activities

      20 very low income level families will benefit from the proposed Home Based Rental Assistnace Activity

       

      Location Description

       
       

      Planned Activities

       

      26

      Project Name

      2017 ESG CITY OF READING

       

      Target Area

      City of Reading - Citywide

       

      Goals Supported

      Homeless and Special Needs

       

      Needs Addressed

      Homeless Shelter Homelessness Prevention Rapid Re-housing

       

      Funding

      ESG: $218,460

       

      Description

      Emergency shelter operations and essential services, homelessness prevention, rapid re-housing, and street outreach activities will be undertaken with ESG PY2017 funds.

       

      Target Date

      6/30/2017

       

      Estimate the number and type of families that will benefit from the proposed activities

      936 very low income persons

       

      Location Description

      CityWide

       

      Planned Activities

       

      27

      Project Name

      Berks Coalition To End Homelessness - The Franklin Program

       

      Target Area

      City of Reading - Citywide

       

       

      Goals Supported

      Homeless and Special Needs

       

      Needs Addressed

      Homelessness Prevention

       

      Funding

      CDBG: $50,000

       

      Description

      CDBG will fund the salary of a case manager to assist homeless persons to engage employers willing to provide apprenticeships. The Case Worker will match apprentices with employers, monitor apprentices employment, connect apprentices with available benefits, and assist apprentices with permanent job search. Objective: Suitable Living Environment Outcome: Sustainability 24CFR570.201(e) Public Services 24CFR570.208(a)(2) Low Mod Limited Clientele Benefit Activity

       

      Target Date

      12/31/2017

       

      Estimate the number and type of families that will benefit from the proposed activities

      12 homeless persons.

       

      Location Description

      Homeless persons citywide.

       

      Planned Activities

       
      28Project NameCDBG Administration
       Target Area 
       Goals Supported 
       Needs Addressed 
       FundingCDBG: $510,320
       Description

      Payment of reasonable administrative costs and carrying charges related to the planning and execution of

      activities assisted in whole or part with CDBG funds. 24CFR570.206 General Program Administration

       Target Date12/31/2017
       Estimate the number and type of families that will benefit from the proposed activities 
       Location Description 
       Planned Activities 

       

      Annual Action Plan 43

      2017

      AP-50 Geographic Distribution - 91.220(f)

      Description of the geographic areas of the entitlement (including areas of low-income and minority concentration) where assistance will be directed

       

      According to the American Community Survey 72% of City residents are low and moderate income level persons

       

      Geographic Distribution

       

      Target Area

      Percentage of Funds

      City of Reading - Citywide

      82

      Community Policing Area

      13

      Code Enforcement Area

      32

      Historic Districts

      3

      Downtown Reading

      9

      Table 10 - Geographic Distribution

       

      Rationale for the priorities for allocating investments geographically

       

      The majority of CDBG, ESG, and HOME beneficiaries reside in low and moderate income and minority concentrated areas.

       

      The Community Policing area is bounded by local schools.

       

      The Code Enfocrment area contains many buildings in varied states of deterioration. The Historic Districts are located in the center part of the City and along major streets.

      The downtown area (Census Tract 1) has a substantial number of persons that are below the poverty level.

       

      Discussion

       

      Almost all of the CDBG, ESG, and HOME activities serve low and moderate income level persons.

       

      Affordable Housing

       

      AP-55 Affordable Housing - 91.220(g)

      Introduction

       

      Affordable housing will be developed primarily with HOME program funds, though ESG rapid re-housing funds will be used to provide rental assistance to transition homeless individuals to permanent, affordable housing. HOME program funds will be used to provide rental assistance to very low income level families, to rehab existing units for the purpose of leasing to eligible tenants, and to acquire and rehab existing units for the purposes of homeownership. NHS of Greater Berks will use CDBG income funds that it receives for homebuyer's assistance. Homeless persons may also be assisted with affordable housing through the HOME program.

       

      One Year Goals for the Number of Households to be Supported

      Homeless

      56

      Non-Homeless

      33

      Special-Needs

      0

      Total

      89

      Table 11 - One Year Goals for Affordable Housing by Support Requirement

       

      One Year Goals for the Number of Households Supported Through

      Rental Assistance

      20

      The Production of New Units

      0

      Rehab of Existing Units

      5

      Acquisition of Existing Units

      0

      Total

      25

      Table 12 - One Year Goals for Affordable Housing by Support Type

      Discussion

       

      It is anticipated that 20 very low income level housed will rental assistance through the HOME Tenant Based Rental Assistance Program; also, 3 low/mod-income households will be supported through the acquisition and rehabilitation of existing units with HOME funds and 2 low/mod-income tenants will be able to lease the rehabilitation of existing units.

       

      Neighborhood Housing Services of Greater Berks Inc. estimates that they will receive $28,500 in CDBG program income funds in 2017. NHS plans to re-use the funds for their HOP Program, a home buyer assistance activity. NHS anticipates that they will issue 3 CDBG program income funded loans to low and moderate income level households in 2017.

       

      The CDBG funded Catholic Charities and the Human Relations Commission Homelessness Prevention Program will serve 543 persons.

      AP-60 Public Housing - 91.220(h)

      Introduction

       

      The Reading Housing Authority provides public housing in Reading. The RHA meets the HUD guidelines for income targeting as a means of serving the lower income residents of the City. The RHA uses Residency preferences for public housing and for Section 8 Vouchers.

       

      Actions planned during the next year to address the needs to public housing

       

      The RHA maintains the public housing units on an on-going basis utilizing the Capital Fund Program. Housing units are in very good condition. Implementation of the HUD required Asset

      Management Plans is underway. The Resident Services Dept. provides an array of services for residents, as described below. Service Coordination: Short-term, intermittent casework services designed to help residents of affordable housing programs meet acute needs, improve their 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 and mental health, substance abuse, finances, daily living tasks, employment and 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. Chore Services Program: 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. Wellness Program: Through collaboration with many partner agencies, wellness services are provided to residents to enhance their health and improve their ability to remain in their home environment. Services are delivered by a nurse in areas of direct intervention, individual and group education, preventative screenings and coordination with community medical providers. The program utilizes more than 20 partners per year in the delivery of its group education, including serving as a training site for nursing students from a local community college and university. Reasonable Accommodations Program: Reasonable Accommodations are provided in accordance with Sect. 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. The RHA 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. Food Pantries: Through collaboration with the regional food bank, pantry services are delivered on-site, and in some cases, to the home, in each public housing development. Monthly distributions are conducted in cooperation with two area churches and volunteers from the respective resident councils. Youth Programs: 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. The summer camping program provides opportunities for urban youth to travel to a rural camping lodge for activities such as hiking, fishing, and boating.

       

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

       

      The RHA operates under a Memorandum of Understanding with the RHA Citywide Resident Council, which serves as the umbrella organization for seven development-based resident councils that are charged with promoting quality of life and resident satisfaction, and participating in self-help initiatives to enable residents to create a positive environment for families living in RHA programs. The CWRC and development-based resident councils assist RHA during the Annual Planning process, and on an ongoing basis, in making decisions related to the budgetary process, occupancy, general management, maintenance, security, resident training, resident employment, social services and modernization.

       

      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.

       

      If the PHA is designated as troubled, describe the manner in which financial assistance will be provided or other assistance

       

      N/A

       

      Discussion

       

      The RHA continues to work to address public housing needs through the implementation of various programs. They also work closely with a resident advisory group to address needs and develop strategies for addressing those needs.

      AP-65 Homeless and Other Special Needs Activities - 91.220(i)

      Introduction

       

      This section discusses homeless needs that will be addressed with ESG funding.

       

      Describe the jurisdictions one-year goals and actions for reducing and ending homelessness including

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

       

      Street outreach has been one of the biggest tasks undertaken by the Berks Coalition to End Homelessness, and one of the most effective ways of getting homeless individuals the help they need. New emphasis placed on street outreach by HEARTH will increase our ability to fund those activities.

       

      Funds used for street outreach and emergency shelter activities will be limited to the greater of 60 percent of our total fiscal year grant for ESG or the hold-harmless amount established by the section 415(b) of the McKinney-Vento Act for such activities during fiscal year most recently completed before the effective date under section 1503 of the HEARTH Act.

       

      The City executed a PY2017 Action Plan amendment to provide $50,000 to the Berks Coalition To End Homelessness Franklin Program. CDBG will fund the salary of a case manager to assist homeless persons to engage employers willing to provide apprenticeships. The Case Worker will match apprentices with employers, monitor apprentices employment, connect apprentices with available benefits, and assist apprentices with permanent job search.

       

      Addressing the emergency shelter and transitional housing needs of homeless persons

       

      The City of Reading places a high priority on homeless families and individuals including those who are chronically homeless. Shelter, transitional and permanent housing are each valuable components of the overall Continuum of Care, and there are unmet needs for both transitional and permanent housing.

      The City of Reading strives to meet these needs by providing optimum support to agencies providing emergency shelter as well as transitional housing. These agencies include the Opportunity House and the Hope Rescue Mission will be provided with funding in 2017. The Berks Coalition to End Homelessness will also be funded in order to operate a family shelter.

       

      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

       

      The City of Reading’s homeless priorities revolve around a concentrated effort of both prevention and intervention. The Berks Coalition to End Homelessness places an emphasis on chronic homelessness and homeless families who are more episodically homeless. The locally developed plan to reduce homelessness details priorities.

       

      The priority needs relate to the Strategic Plan in that they center on the principles of prevention and intervention. The Prevention section consists of the following four (4) methods: (1) Emergency prevention: provides emergency services to percent loss of housing. (2) Systems prevention: examine and change institutional policies and regulations that adversely impact housing. (3) Outreach: identify Street homeless and at-risk persons and families. (4) The final prevention method consists of services and maximizing the utilization of mainstream resources. The intervention strategy consists of four components, they are: (1) Rapid Re-housing which is identified in The Housing First Model. (2) Supportive transitional housing for chemically-dependent homeless individuals. (3)The expansion of permanent housing revolving around the development of safe and affordable housing and finally (4) Income: Job training and services accessible for homeless individuals.

       

      Reading and Berks County seek to reduce the number of homeless families/persons in Emergency shelters by 5% in the coming year (25% over five years).

       

      Helping low-income individuals and families avoid becoming homeless, especially extremely low-income individuals and families and those who are: 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); or, receiving assistance from public or private agencies that address housing, health, social services, employment, education, or youth needs.

       

      Homelessness prevention activities include providing short-term subsidies to defray rent and utility arrearages for families that have received eviction or utility termination notices; security deposits or first month's rent to permit a homeless family to move into its own apartment; mediation programs for landlord-tenant disputes; legal services programs for the representation of indigent tenants in eviction proceedings; payments to prevent foreclosure on a home; and other innovative programs and activities designed to prevent the incidence of homelessness. An ability to fund more of these activities will greatly assist in the elimination of chronic homelessness.

       

      Homelessness prevention is based on working with mainstream resources to stop the flow of people toward homelessness. The Continuum of Care application identified one implementation strategy that would significantly decrease the homeless population.

      The Plan to End Homelessness identified systems prevention strategies to pursue over the longer term:

       

      1. Work with Berks County Prison officials to develop adequate facilities for on-site community involvement

      2. Coordinate activities of County Prison, County Parole office, State Parole office and community providers

      3. Provide post-release housing assistance and information to prisoners re-entering the community

      4. Work with State mental health officials on community re-integration programs and funding

      5. Coordinate with local hospitals on discharge planning for homeless persons

      6. Encourage youth in foster care to take advantage of transitional and preparatory programs that prevent homelessness

The Continuum of Care applications provide an overview of the state of the discharge planning efforts in Berks County. The components consist of the following elements: Foster Care, Health Care, Mental Health and Corrections.

 

Foster Care: Formal Protocol Finalized - Berks County Department of Children and Youth Services (CYS) provides transitional living services for youth in foster care and those in out-of-county placement foster care returning to Berks County. Youth are to be screened for risk of becoming homeless and extended care provided until they are able to support themselves. Youth are not discharged to homeless shelters or facilities. CoC and CYS have implemented this policy that is understood and agreed upon by both parties.

 

Health Care: Reading and St. Joseph’s Hospitals are the primary health institutions in the county. We are working with the hospitals to identify homeless individuals and to find appropriate housing placement.

 

Mental Health: Persons hospitalized locally and at the state facility in Wernersville receive discharge planning from the Berks County Office of Mental Health and Retardation. Community treatment and housing assistance are provided to ensure a safe return to the community. Persons are not returned to the community through the homeless shelters or housing facilities supported by McKinney funds. The CoC and institutions providing treatment have agreed to and understand this protocol.

 

Corrections: Berks Connections/Pre-Trial Services, in cooperation with Berks County MH/MR, the Council on Chemical Abuse and the Berks County prison, provides discharge planning and screening. Persons with mental health and substance abuse problems will receive services from community providers before release with a plan for continued treatment after release. Integrating community services in the prison provides continuity and connectivity that follows inmates back into the community which results in a reduction in relapse, re-incarceration and homelessness. Persons returning to the community are not discharged to beds supported by McKinney funds. The CoC agencies and Berks Co.

Prison have agreed to and understand this protocol.

 

Discussion

 

Funding will be provided to several agencies that will focus on providing emergency shelter, street outreach, and essential services to homeless families and individuals. Funding will also be provided to agencies for homelessness prevention and rapid re-housing.

 

One year goals for the number of households to be provided housing through the use of HOPWA for:

Short-term rent, mortgage, and utility assistance to prevent homelessness of the individual or family

Tenant-based rental assistance

Units provided in housing facilities (transitional or permanent) that are being developed, leased, or operated

Units provided in transitional short-term housing facilities developed, leased, or operated with HOPWA funds

 

Total

 

 

AP-75 Action Plan Barriers to Affordable Housing - 91.220(j)

Introduction

 

This section will discuss the City of Reading's Action Plan barriers to affordable housing.

 

Actions it planned 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

 

The Berks County Comprehensive Plan and the City of Reading Comprehensive Plan each cite objectives for the development of decent, affordable housing in order to remove or ameliorate negative effects of public policies:

 

  • Encourage government officials to revise their local zoning ordinances to reflect more opportunities for affordable housing development. Using cost-benefit analyses, illustrate how family housing and clustered single-family development can be more cost-effective to local elected officials. Encourage local units of government to revise their ordinances to be consistent with the Berks County Comprehensive Plan

  • Developers identified the insufficient supply of land zoned for multi-family housing as one of the factors driving up the cost of land acquisition and development. Lack of infrastructure is often the reason for limited multi-family zoning. Outreach initiatives focused on educating public officials and planning commissions on the benefits of affordable housing may encourage the rezoning of more land to multi-family zoning designations, as well as eliminate unnecessary and excessive development standards for multi-family housing.

  • Educate and inform owners of tax-credit developments and County assessors about Act 39 of 2003 (HB 1854), a new law that instructs assessors to consider rent restrictions, affordability restrictions, and the income approach to value rather than comparable sales approach to value, when assessing affordable housing developments

  • Encourage “streamlined” approaches to obtain permits and funding for affordable housing projects.

  • Active and productive nonprofit housing developers need ready access to capital in order to finance the front-end soft costs associated with new development. Utilizing a less restrictive source of financing for this (such as Act 137 Housing Trust Fund resources) would enable nonprofits to seek out more development opportunities, and to fully investigate the financial feasibility of potential projects early on.

  • Encourage land use policies that diversify the affordable housing stock to address needs of smaller families, people with disabilities needing supportive housing, and seniors; encourage multi-use residential development in commercial structures in business zones; and encourage mixed use development. Mixed use developments will contain a mix of stores, restaurants, and

    professional offices that would be appropriate settings for low to moderate-income housing at an increased density.

  • Support the adoption of building codes that facilitate the rehabilitation of existing homes.

  • Encourage the establishment of new residential uses and/or neighborhoods at appropriate locations including upper-story reuse.

 

Discussion

 

The City of Reading has a ready supply of affordable housing. Housing is particularly inexpensive in Berks County and Reading compared to neighboring municipalities and counties. However the low cost of housing is, at least in part, tied to several negative factors. Further exacerbating the problem is that the depressed housing market suppresses new housing development.

 

The impediments to housing are:

 

  • Older housing stock that requires extensive modernization and rehabilitation.

  • Shrinking state and federal funding sources to subsidize affordable housing projects and rehabilitation.

  • Over density, lack of parking, small yards, limited open space and privacy negatively impact housing.

  • The City accommodates a disproportionate share of the county’s low income persons and special needs housing. Lower housing values depress the tax base which results in a higher mil rate than surrounding municipalities.

  • Developers frequently cite the problems of working through zoning issues in most as a cost factor that impedes development.

AP-85 Other Actions - 91.220(k)

Introduction

 

This section will explain actions planned to address obstacles to meeting underserved needs, to foster and maintain affordable housing, reduce lead paint hazards, reduce the number of poverty level families, develop institutional structure, and enhance coordination between various types of agencies.

 

Actions planned to address obstacles to meeting underserved needs

 

The primary obstacle to meeting underserved needs is the limited resources available to address the identified priorities. The City of Reading will partner with other agencies when feasible to leverage resources and maximize outcomes in housing and community development.

 

Actions planned to foster and maintain affordable housing

 

The following actions will be undertaken in the next year to foster and maintain affordable housing. They include strategies for acquiring and rehabbing existing units, providing fair housing discrimination education, landlord tenant mediation, and homelessness prevention services that will increase the availability and accessibility of decent, affordable housing.

 

Decent, Affordable Housing:

 

  • The City will work with not for profit agencies in the acquisition, rehabilitation, and resale of 2 housing units. Outcome – Availability/Accessibility.

  • The City will work with not for profit agencies in the rehabilitation and leasing of 2 housing units. Outcome - Availability/Accessibilty.

  • NHS CHDO (set-aside funding) – Single family development of 1 housing units and homeownership assistance. Outcome - Availability/Accessibility.

  • NHS HOP (CDBG income funds received by NHS) - Homebuyer Assistance - 13 households - Outcome - Availability/Accessibility

     

    Housing Rehabilitation:

     

  • ADA Improvements - AIM - ADA improvemets to a home - 5 low mod housing units - Outcome Availability/Accessibility

  • Major System Repair Program - NHS of Greater Reading - Rehabilitation of a major component in the home - 21 low mod housing units - Outcome Availability/Accessibility

  • Historic Preservation Residential Facade Improvement Program - Improvements to the facade of a residential building. 3 residential buildings - Outcome Availability / Accessibility

     

    CDBG Fair Housing, Landlord Tenant Mediation, and Homelessness Prevention Assistance:

  • Human Relations Commission – Fair housing discrimination education and enforcement program. 556 persons. Outcome - Availability/Accessibility.

  • Human Relations Commission – Landlord Tenant Mediation. 113 persons. Outcome - Availability/Accessibility.

  • Human Relations Commission – Homelessness Prevention. 513 persons. Outcome - Availability/Accessibility

  • Catholic Charities - Homelessness Prevention. 30 persons. Outcome - Availability/Accessibility HOME and ESG Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Assistance:

  • ESG HRC Homelessness prevention 362 persons. Outcome - Availability/Accessibility.

  • ESG HRC Rapid Re-housing rental assistance. 87 persons. Outcome - Availability/Accessibility.

  • HOME Tenant Based Rental Assistance 20 persons. Outcome - Availability/Accessibility.

 

Actions planned to reduce lead-based paint hazards

 

The City of Reading requires all of the CDBG, ESG and HOME funded activities to comply with HUD’s Lead Rule. In addition the City of Reading has a lead ordinance that is enforced by the City’s Property Maintenance Division.

 

Actions planned to reduce the number of poverty-level families

 

The overall anti-poverty strategy implemented by the City of Reading will follow the Continuum of Care model set forth and discussed earlier. This model details a cohesive plan to combat chronic homelessness, identify and concentrate on key priority needs while recognizing the barriers to affordable housing.

 

Poverty is a function of income, which is related to education, job training and employment. Berks County and the City of Reading remain committed to addressing the needs of its citizens who live at or below the poverty level. It is also recognized that the presence of poverty and the related social and economic problems are a destabilizing element in our communities. The majority of impoverished households are located within the City of Reading with a few existing in adjacent townships and boroughs.

 

The Berks Coalition to End Homelessness is a key component within the anti-poverty strategy. Working together to achieve common ends brought the Coalition members together initially and is still a driving

force behind all Coalition activities. The recognition that no one agency could address the problem of homelessness was the impetus behind formation of the Berks Homeless Coalition in 1995. It began with only a dozen or so members, most of whom represented the organizations that sheltered homeless people. In consultation with the City of Reading/County of Berks Continuum of Care (CoC), the City of Reading and County of Berks developed policies and procedures for effectively serving individuals with ESG funding.

 

The Berks Coalition to End Homelessness (BCEH) will remain key in implementing the upcoming year’s homeless prevention, essential and emergency shelter services for individuals who are currently homeless or those in imminent danger of being homeless. After consulting with the BCEH, the Community Development Department was able to better gauge the needs of organizations working to prevent homelessness throughout the community.

 

Actions planned to develop institutional structure

 

The City's Community Development Department has been assigned the task of carrying out the Consolidated Plan for the City. When appropriate, the Department will work with non-profit organizations and public institutions to implement the Plan.

 

Actions planned to enhance coordination between public and private housing and social service agencies

 

The City's Community Development Department has been assigned the task of carrying out the Consolidated Plan for the City. When appropriate, the C.D. Department will work with non-profit organizations and public institutions to implement the Plan.

 

Reading-Berks Habitat for Humanity provides affordable housing, counseling and home-ownership education to families in Berks County and the City of Reading who are at or below 60% of the area median income. The Habitat program requires 400 hours of “sweat equity” from participants, and seeks to stabilize neighborhoods by providing an influx of committed, trained home-owner residents.

 

Neighborhood Housing Services of Reading, Inc. (NHS) has been certified as a CHDO for the City and the County. The agency provides a full range of housing services (from education, financing and single- family development to community organizing).

 

Berks County Not for Profit Development Corporation will assist the City with Tenant Based Rental Assistance program and will rehab and rent an existing unit to provide affordable housing for low income individuals and families.

 

The City will continue to remain open to partnerships with other groups. However, the technical complexity of the development process, operating and start up costs, resource availability and the experience necessary to operate a non-profit housing corporation will inevitably limit the number of

potential partners to those who are the most qualified. The City will encourage non-profit organizations that have little or no experience in housing development to "partner" with one of the more experienced development organizations.

 

Discussion

 

Program Specific Requirements

AP-90 Program Specific Requirements - 91.220(l)(1,2,4)

Introduction

 

This section provides details pertaining to CDBG, HOME, and ESG program-specific requirements.

 

Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) Reference 24 CFR 91.220(l)(1)

Projects planned with all CDBG funds expected to be available during the year are identified in the Projects Table. The following identifies program income that is available for use that is included in projects to be carried out.

 

1. The total amount of program income that will have been received before the start of the next program year and that has not yet been reprogrammed

 

0

2. The amount of proceeds from section 108 loan guarantees that will be used during the year to address the priority needs and specific objectives identified in the grantee's strategic plan.

 

7,876

3. The amount of surplus funds from urban renewal settlements

0

4. The amount of any grant funds returned to the line of credit for which the planned use has not been included in a prior statement or plan

 

0

5. The amount of income from float-funded activities

0

Total Program Income:

7,876

 

Other CDBG Requirements

 

  1. The amount of urgent need activities 0

     

  2. The estimated percentage of CDBG funds that will be used for activities that benefit persons of low and moderate income.Overall Benefit - A consecutive period of one, two or three years may be used to determine that a minimum overall benefit of 70% of CDBG funds is used to benefit persons of low and moderate income. Specify the

years covered that include this Annual Action Plan. 76.00%

 

HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME) Reference 24 CFR 91.220(l)(2)

  1. A description of other forms of investment being used beyond those identified in Section 92.205 is as follows:

     

    The City of Reading will use HOME funds to support affordable rental housing through rehabilitation

    and leasing of exisiting housing units. The City of Reading only uses provisions and requirements will be met as required by 92.205.

     

  2. A description of the guidelines that will be used for resale or recapture of HOME funds when used for homebuyer activities as required in 92.254, is as follows:

     

    The City of Reading will use HOME funds for homebuyer programs. The City of Reading only uses Resale provisions and Resale requirements will be met though a “presumption of affordability” as required by 92.254(a)(5)(i)B. This was established by a market analysis conducted for the City of Reading in 2005, updated in 2015 in conjunction with the recently-completed Market Value Analysis conducted by The Reinvestment Fund for the Reading Redevelopment Authority.

     

  3. A description of the guidelines for resale or recapture that ensures the affordability of units acquired with HOME funds? See 24 CFR 92.254(a)(4) are as follows:

     

    Units developed with HOME funds must remain affordable to income-qualified individuals for varying lengths of time depending upon the amount of HOME funds provided as assistance. All homebuyer assistance loans will be secured by a lien on the property coinciding with the HOME Period of Affordability. The City has such a high number of low-income households that we have a presumption of affordabilty that presumes subsequent buyers will also be low income.

     

  4. Plans for using HOME funds to refinance existing debt secured by multifamily housing that is rehabilitated with HOME funds along with a description of the refinancing guidelines required that will be used under 24 CFR 92.206(b), are as follows:

 

The City of Reading does not plan to refinance any existing debt for multi-family housing that will be rehabilitated with HOME funds.

 

Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Reference 91.220(l)(4)

 

  1. Include written standards for providing ESG assistance (may include as attachment)

     

    See City of Reading/County of Berks Policies and Procedures Manual, attached.

     

  2. If the Continuum of Care has established centralized or coordinated assessment system that meets HUD requirements, describe that centralized or coordinated assessment system.

     

    Sub-grantees are required to input HMIS client data as soon as feasibly possible, and at least on a bi-

    weekly basis.

     

  3. Identify the process for making sub-awards and describe how the ESG allocation available to private nonprofit organizations (including community and faith-based organizations).

     

    Over the past twenty (20) years, the City of Reading and the County of Berks have conducted a joint acceptance, review, and award process for the ESG Program. The process involves the publication of a joint ad for the 1st public hearing, joint ads for seeking applications, and a joint ad for the 2nd public hearing.

     

    At the end of the application acceptance period, City and County staff review the requests and decide which seem most appropriate to be funded by each entitlement, which applications may lend themselves to be funded by both entitlements, and which applications may not be appropriate to fund. Factors for award include, but are not limited to, matching funds, number of clients to be served by the funding, performance of the provider in the past, monitoring results, etc. As one would expect, requests exceed the amount of funds available. Applications for funding by the City are ultimately decided by City Council. Applications for funding by the County are ultimately decided by the Board of County Commissioners.

     

  4. If the jurisdiction is unable to meet the homeless participation requirement in 24 CFR 576.405(a), the jurisdiction must specify its plan for reaching out to and consulting with homeless or formerly homeless individuals in considering policies and funding decisions regarding facilities and services funded under ESG.

 

The City of Reading/County of Berks’ CoC actively works to involve currently and formerly homeless individuals in important decision-making elements of the Continuum including the ESG process and policy-making. Currently, the CoC has homeless and formerly homeless individuals serving on the board, and attending regular CoC meetings.

 

  1. Describe performance standards for evaluating ESG.

     

    The performance goals will be measured for each recipient as well as across the CoC. Performance goals are going to be the cornerstone of CoC funding as well, and HUD is encouraging CoCs to take steps now to develop and implement measurement systems.

     

    Performance measures:

     

    1. Targeting those who need the assistance most. Benchmark: There will be a reduction in first- time homelessness among individuals and families of 5%.

    2. Reducing the number of people living on the streets or emergency shelters. Benchmark:There will be a reduction in the number of unsheltered persons counted during the Point-in-time from the previous year.

    3. Shortening the time people spend homeless. Benchmark: The number of nights that an individual or family stays in shelter will be reduced by 5% from the prior year.

    4. Reducing each program participant’s housing barriers or housing stability risks. Benchmark 1: Recidivism (return to shelter) will be reduced by 5% over 2 years. Benchmark 2: 10% of shelter clients will have an increase in income or resources from entry to exit.

    5. Preventing and ending homelessness for Veterans. Benchmark: There will be a reduction of 5% per year in homeless Veterans.

    6. Setting a path to end all types of homelessness. Benchmark: There will be an increase of 5% per year in the amount of community resources provided to prevent homelessness.

 

Discussion