Summary Notice 2019 to 2023 Consolidated Plan 2019 Action Plan



The City of Reading will be adopting a Consolidated Plan for federal fiscal years 2019-2023. The Consolidated Plan is a five-year planning document that addresses housing and community development needs of Reading. This summary is designed to give citizens, local governments, and interested parties of the City an opportunity to comment on the 2019 Action Plan and the 2019-2023 Consolidated Plan.


THE 2019 ACTION PLAN: The City proposes to adopt its Action Plan for Federal Fiscal Year 2019. The City anticipates receiving approximately $2,604,014 from the CDBG Program, $82,279 in CDBG program income, $1,027,240 from the HOME Program, $77,415.12 in HOME program income, and $217,051.28 from the ESG Program


Activities proposed for funding include:

CHDO Operating-$30,000.00, Code Enforcement-$400,000.00, Demolition-$450,000.00, Façade Improvements-$70,000.00, Homeless Prevention-$36,000.00, Homeless Essential Services-$19,871.50, Homeless Rapid Rehousing-$36,000.00, Homeless Shelter Operations And Maintenance-$98,843.50, Homeless Street Outreach-$10,000.00, Homeownership Assistance-$100,000.00, Housing Acquisition, Rehab, Resale-$250,000.00, Housing ADA Improvements-$25,000.00, Housing Rehabilitation- $331,931.00, New Construction For Homeownership-$75,000.00, Micro-Enterprise Technical Assistance- $18,000.00, Park And Playground Improvements-$500,000.00, Planning & Administration-$639,860.28, Public Services-$391,000.00, Public Improvements-$172,665.00, Rental New Construction-$390,000.00, Section 108 Loan Payment -$38,828.00


The estimated amount to benefit low and moderate income persons for the CDBG Program is 79%.


The City expects no displacement of families, individuals, or businesses to occur as a result of the activities. Should displacement occur as a result of any project or activity, the City will follow the regulations of the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970, as amended.


The Action Plan has been developed using an estimate of the amount of 2019 CDBG, ESG, and HOME entitlement funding that the City anticipates receiving from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (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 this estimate. The activities with the highest funding amounts are the highest priority activities. Those priorities will remain the same regardless 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. The City may also use unprogrammed CDBG and HOME monies to fund 2019 CDBG and HOME activities as needed or/or until the 2019 funds are made available from HUD.


THE 2019 TO 2023 CONSOLIDATED PLAN: The City proposes to adopt its Consolidated Plan for Federal Fiscal Years 2019 to 2023. The City anticipates receiving approximately $13,020,070.00 from the CDBG Program, $411,395.00 in CDBG program income, $5,136,200.00 from the HOME Program, $387,075.60 in HOME program income, and $1,085,256.40 from the ESG Program.


Activities proposed for funding include:

CHDO Operating-$150,000.00, Code Enforcement-$2,000,000.00, Demolition-$2,250,000.00, Façade Improvements-$350,000.00, Homeless Prevention-$180,000.00, Homeless Essential Services- $99,357.50, Homeless Rapid Rehousing-$180,000.00, Homeless Shelter Operations And Maintenance- $494,217.50, Homeless Street Outreach-$50,000.00, Homeownership Assistance-$500,000.00, Housing Acquisition, Rehab, Resale-$1,250,000.00, Housing ADA Improvements-$125,000.00, Housing Rehabilitation-$1,659,665.00, New Construction For Homeownership-$375,000.00, Micro-Enterprise Technical Assistance-$90,000.00, Park And Playground Improvements-$2,500,000.00, Planning & Administration-$3,199,301.40, Public Services-$1,955,000.00, Public Improvements-$863,325.00, Rental New Construction-$1,950,000.00, Section 108 Loan Payment -$194,140.00


PUBLIC REVIEW: This summary is designed to give citizens, local government officials, and interested parties of the City an opportunity to comment on the Plans. Please submit written comments for the Plans to Alejandro Palacios, Director, Community Development Department, City Hall - 3rd Floor, 815 Washington Street, Reading, PA 19601 by November 9, 2018.


Citizen Summaries of the Action and Consolidated Plans are available for public review and comment at the following locations:


Community Development Office Office of the City Clerk
City Hall, Office 3-12 City Hall
815 Washington Street 815 Washington Street
Reading PA Reading PA


PUBLIC HEARING: The City of Reading will hold a public hearing on October 9, 2018 at 5 p.m. City Hall, 815 Washington Street, Second Floor City Council Chambers, Reading, PA. All citizens, public agencies, and other interested parties may attend this hearing to offer their views and comments on the proposed Plans. Persons requiring assistance due to hearing, speech, or vision impairments should notify the Community Development Office at 610-655-6211 or (610) 655-6442 (TDD).


ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW: The City will be undertaking an evaluation of the activities to be funded in an effort to identify historic and archaeological resources that may be affected by the activities. By this Notice, the City invites interested parties who may have an interest in activities which may impact historic and archaeological resources to make themselves known. Parties should contact the Community Development Office, 815 Washington Street, Reading, PA 19601 Phone 610-655-6211 or (610) 655-6442 (TDD). The City will involve such parties in the notification and review process of the National Advisory Council on Historic Preservation as set forth in 36 CFR Part 800.


ANALYSIS OF IMPEDIMENTS TO FAIR HOUSING CHOICE: The City of Reading is completing an update to the Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (AI). The AI will cover years 2019 to 2023 and will be available to the public after December 31, 2018.