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CR-05 - Goals and Outcomes
Progress the jurisdiction has made in carrying out its strategic plan and its action plan. 91.520(a)
This could be an overview that includes major initiatives and highlights that were proposed and executed throughout the program year.
CDBG Program - Please see the attached CDBG Drawdown Table for further details
$431,731 in CDBG funds were drawn for the installation of ADA compliant curb ramps. 49 handicap curb ramp quadrabnts were installed in the
Kenhorst Blvd. area. The handicap curb ramps are a presumed low and moderate income level activity .
$400,000 in CDBG funds were drawn for a Demolition and Clearance Activity. An hazardous factory building was demolished at 213 S. 11th
St. The total demolition cost $638,725.
$362,233.31 in CDBG funds were drawn for Code Enforcement activities in deteriorating areas of the City. The Property Maintenance Inspectors
conducted 3,789 inspections and the Building and Trades Officer’s conducted 3,666 inspections. The property owner’s used non-CDBG funds to
make building improvements. The CDBG Code Enforcement area contains 76 % low and moderate income level persons.
$270,988.82 in CDBG funds were drawn for Community Policing activities. 5,051 hours of service were provided and 2 special details were
conducted. The officer’s focused on the downtown area and the areas near the schools. The Community Policing program’s service area
contains 76 % low and moderate income level persons.
HOME Program
Partnerships with Berks County Non Profit Development Corporation and Berks Coalition to End Homelessness funded at $390,000 for three
homes to be acquired and rehabilitated for rental purposes to low income families. $250,000 funded a Tenant Based Rental Assistance Program
was created and is being administered through Berks County Redevelopment Authority.
ESG Program
Opportunity House used a total of $106,400 ESG funds towards the ongoing homeless assistance program. With such funds 708 people were
provided with emergency housing and supportive services.
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OMB Control No: 2506-0117 (exp. 06/30/2018)
Comparison of the proposed versus actual outcomes for each outcome measure submitted with the consolidated plan and
explain, if applicable, why progress was not made toward meeting goals and objectives. 91.520(g)
Categories, priority levels, funding sources and amounts, outcomes/objectives, goal outcome indicators, units of measure, targets, actual
outcomes/outputs, and percentage completed for each of the grantee’s program year goals.
Goal
Category
Source /
Amount
Indicator
Unit of
Measure
Strategic
Actual
Strategic
Plan
Percent
Complete
Program
Actual
Program
Year
Percent
Complete
Code Enforcement Area
Building Improvements
Code
Enforcement
CDBG: $
Housing Code
Enforcement/Foreclosed
Property Care
Household
Housing Unit
0 0
Code Enforcement Area
Building Improvements
Code
Enforcement
CDBG: $ Other Other 12500 33192
265.54%
8786 7455
84.85%
Commercial Facade
Improvements
Non-Housing
Community
Development
CDBG: $
Facade treatment/business
building rehabilitation
Business 20 2 10.00% 2 0 0.00%
Crime Prevention
Non-Housing
Community
Development
CDBG: $
Public service activities other
than Low/Moderate Income
Housing Benefit
Persons
Assisted
49867 206647
414.40%
52260 52260
100.00%
Demolition of
deteriorated buildings
Non-Housing
Community
Development
Demolition and
Clearance
CDBG: $ Buildings Demolished Buildings 40 31 77.50% 8 1
12.50%
Development of
additional affordable
housing
Affordable
Housing
HOME: $ Rental units constructed
Household
Housing Unit
15 2 13.33% 0 0
Development of
additional affordable
housing
Affordable
Housing
HOME: $ Rental units rehabilitated
Household
Housing Unit
0 0 2 0 0.00%
Development of
additional affordable
housing
Affordable
Housing
HOME: $
Homeowner Housing
Rehabilitated
Household
Housing Unit
21 22
104.76%
5 1
20.00%
Development of
additional affordable
housing
Affordable
Housing
HOME: $
Direct Financial Assistance to
Homebuyers
Households
Assisted
0 0 13 0 0.00%
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Development of
additional affordable
housing
Affordable
Housing
HOME: $
Tenant-based rental assistance
/ Rapid Rehousing
Households
Assisted
10 10
100.00%
Expansion of economic
opportunities
Economic
Development
CDBG: $
Facade treatment/business
building rehabilitation
Business 0 0 1 0 0.00%
Expansion of economic
opportunities
Economic
Development
CDBG: $ Jobs created/retained Jobs 100 5 5.00%
Expansion of economic
opportunities
Economic
Development
CDBG: $ Businesses assisted
Businesses
Assisted
12 68
566.67%
40 13
32.50%
Fair Housing
Housing
Availability and
Housing
Discrimination
CDBG: $
Public service activities other
than Low/Moderate Income
Housing Benefit
Persons
Assisted
1750 2560
146.29%
556 674
121.22%
Homeless and Special
Needs
Homeless
Non-Homeless
Special Needs
CDBG: $ /
HOME:
$150000 /
ESG: $
Public Facility or Infrastructure
Activities other than
Low/Moderate Income Housing
Benefit
Persons
Assisted
0 0 0 0
Homeless and Special
Needs
Homeless
Non-Homeless
Special Needs
CDBG: $ /
HOME:
$150000 /
ESG: $
Public service activities other
than Low/Moderate Income
Housing Benefit
Persons
Assisted
0 2935 798 1624
203.51%
Homeless and Special
Needs
Homeless
Non-Homeless
Special Needs
CDBG: $ /
HOME:
$150000 /
ESG: $
Homeowner Housing
Rehabilitated
Household
Housing Unit
0 0 5 4
80.00%
Homeless and Special
Needs
Homeless
Non-Homeless
Special Needs
CDBG: $ /
HOME:
$150000 /
ESG: $
Tenant-based rental assistance
/ Rapid Rehousing
Households
Assisted
0 509 41 27
65.85%
Homeless and Special
Needs
Homeless
Non-Homeless
Special Needs
CDBG: $ /
HOME:
$150000 /
ESG: $
Homeless Person Overnight
Shelter
Persons
Assisted
2500 1815 72.60% 435 328
75.40%
Homeless and Special
Needs
Homeless
Non-Homeless
Special Needs
CDBG: $ /
HOME:
$150000 /
ESG: $
Homelessness Prevention
Persons
Assisted
1000 1975
197.50%
Homeless and Special
Needs
Homeless
Non-Homeless
Special Needs
CDBG: $ /
HOME:
$150000 /
ESG: $
Other Other 0 66 1 66
6,600.00%
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Public
facilities/infrastructure
improvements
Non-Housing
Community
Development
CDBG: $
Public Facility or Infrastructure
Activities other than
Low/Moderate Income Housing
Benefit
Persons
Assisted
1000 479550
47,955.00%
42243 210676
498.72%
Public Information
Dissemination
Public
Information
Dissemination
CDBG: $
Public service activities other
than Low/Moderate Income
Housing Benefit
Persons
Assisted
79073 79703
100.80%
Retain existing housing
stock
Affordable
Housing
CDBG: $ /
HOME: $
Homeowner Housing Added
Household
Housing Unit
0 6 0 0
Retain existing housing
stock
Affordable
Housing
CDBG: $ /
HOME: $
Homeowner Housing
Rehabilitated
Household
Housing Unit
50 15 30.00% 26 15
57.69%
Retain existing housing
stock
Affordable
Housing
CDBG: $ /
HOME: $
Housing Code
Enforcement/Foreclosed
Property Care
Household
Housing Unit
0 0
Retain existing housing
stock
Affordable
Housing
CDBG: $ /
HOME: $
Other Other 6 1 16.67% 3 0 0.00%
Youth Services
Non-Housing
Community
Development
CDBG: $
Public service activities other
than Low/Moderate Income
Housing Benefit
Persons
Assisted
325 711
218.77%
500 378
75.60%
Table 1 - Accomplishments Program Year & Strategic Plan to Date
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Assess how the jurisdiction’s use of funds, particularly CDBG, addresses the priorities and specific objectives identified in the plan,
giving special attention to the highest priority activities identified.
The following CDBG funded activities addressed high priority needs in 2017 (please see the attached 2017 CDBG Drawdowns table for further
details).
Public Facility & Improvement Projects
ADA Curb Ramp Improvements
Pendora Park Improvements
Fire Protection Equipment Purchase
Front and Shiller Playground Improvements
Northeast Library HVAC Improvements
Rehabilitation of Existing Housing Units
NHS Major System Residential Rehab Program
Homelessness Prevention
Catholic Charities Homeless Prevention Program
Human Relation Commission Homeless Prevention Program
Code Enforcement
CDBG Area Code Enforcement Program
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Demolition of Hazardous Buildings
Demolition of 213 S. 11th St.
Community Policing
Community Policing Area Program
Fair Housing
Human Relations Commission Fair Housing Program
Human Relations Commission Landlord Tenant Mediation Program
Economic Development
KUSBDC Micro-Enterprise Technical Assistance Program
Please note: The amounts and goals indicated in the 5 year Joint Consolidated Plan are a combination of the City of Reading’s and the County of
Berks goals.
Progress has not been made on some of the original Consolidated Plan’s objectives due to project commencement delays (such as the Façade
Improvement Programs), and the reduction of CDBG entitlement funding from the federal government.
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CR-10 - Racial and Ethnic composition of families assisted
Describe the families assisted (including the racial and ethnic status of families assisted).
91.520(a)
CDBG
HOME
ESG
White
19,519
2
461
Black or African American
3,352
4
226
Asian
147
0
0
American Indian or American Native
36
0
2
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
3
0
2
Total
23,057
6
691
Hispanic
16,079
2
349
Not Hispanic
11,929
4
359
Table 2 – Table of assistance to racial and ethnic populations by source of funds
Narrative
Additional Racial Categories:
Number of Persons
American Indian/Alaskan Native & White - 14 (CDBG)
Black/African American & White - 37 (CDBG)
Amer. Indian/Alaskan Native & Black/African Amer. - 4 (CDBG)
Other multi-racial - 4893 (CDBG), 15 (ESG)
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CR-15 - Resources and Investments 91.520(a)
Identify the resources made available
Source of Funds
Source
Resources Made
Available
Amount Expended
During Program Year
CDBG
CDBG
2,754,299
2,344,188
HOME
HOME
1,010,405
330,971
HOPWA
HOPWA
0
ESG
ESG
218,460
156,755
Other
Other
Table 3 - Resources Made Available
Narrative
Identify the geographic distribution and location of investments
Target Area
Planned Percentage of
Allocation
Actual Percentage of
Allocation
Narrative Description
City of Reading -
Citywide 82 Infrastructure
Code Enforcement Area
32
15
Code Enforcement
Community Policing Area
13
12
Crime Prevention
Downtown Reading
9
Economic Development
Historic Districts
3
1
Historic Preservation
Table 4 – Identify the geographic distribution and location of investments
Narrative
ESG and HOME funding are not included in the above percentages. The majority of the CDBG funded
activities have an impact on the entire City rather than on just a specific neighborhood.
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Leveraging
Explain how federal funds leveraged additional resources (private, state and local funds),
including a description of how matching requirements were satisfied, as well as how any
publicly owned land or property located within the jurisdiction that were used to address the
needs identified in the plan.
The City’s ESG sub-recipients used a combination of private donations, State funding
(Pennsylvania Homeless Assistance Program), and funding from the City of Reading as matching
funds for the program. A dollar for dollar match is required for the ESG program, but many sub-
recipients exceed the required match.
HOME - The City of Reading was determined to be in severe fiscal distress therefore received a
100 percent reduction of match. At least 39 percent of City families are impoverished and the
per capita income rate was less than $28,000.
Fiscal Year Summary HOME Match
1. Excess match from prior Federal fiscal year
0
2. Match contributed during current Federal fiscal year
0
3. Total match available for current Federal fiscal year (Line 1 plus Line 2)
0
4. Match liability for current Federal fiscal year
0
5. Excess match carried over to next Federal fiscal year (Line 3 minus Line 4)
0
Table 5 – Fiscal Year Summary - HOME Match Report
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Match Contribution for the Federal Fiscal Year
Project No. or
Other ID
Date of
Contribution
Cash
(non-Federal
sources)
Foregone
Taxes, Fees,
Charges
Appraised
Land/Real
Property
Required
Infrastructure
Site
Preparation,
Construction
Materials,
Donated labor
Bond
Financing
Total Match
Table 6 – Match Contribution for the Federal Fiscal Year
HOME MBE/WBE report
Program Income Enter the program amounts for the reporting period
Balance on hand at begin-
ning of reporting period
$
Amount received during
reporting period
$
Total amount expended
during reporting period
$
Amount expended for
TBRA
$
Balance on hand at end of
reporting period
$
0
0
0
0
0
Table 7 – Program Income
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Minority Business Enterprises and Women Business Enterprises Indicate the number and dollar value
of contracts for HOME projects completed during the reporting period
Total
Minority Business Enterprises
White Non-
Hispanic
Alaskan
Native or
American
Indian
Asian or
Pacific
Islander
Black Non-
Hispanic
Hispanic
Contracts
Dollar
Amount 0 0 0 0 0 0
Number
0
0
0
0
0
0
Sub-Contracts
Number
0
0
0
0
0
0
Dollar
Amount 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total
Women
Business
Enterprises
Male
Contracts
Dollar
Amount 0 0 0
Number
0
0
0
Sub-Contracts
Number
0
0
0
Dollar
Amount 0 0 0
Table 8 - Minority Business and Women Business Enterprises
Minority Owners of Rental Property Indicate the number of HOME assisted rental property owners
and the total amount of HOME funds in these rental properties assisted
Total
Minority Property Owners
White Non-
Hispanic
Alaskan
Native or
American
Indian
Asian or
Pacific
Islander
Black Non-
Hispanic
Hispanic
Number
0
0
0
0
0
0
Dollar
Amount 0 0 0 0 0 0
Table 9 – Minority Owners of Rental Property
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Relocation and Real Property Acquisition Indicate the number of persons displaced, the cost of
relocation payments, the number of parcels acquired, and the cost of acquisition
Parcels Acquired
0
0
Businesses Displaced
0
0
Nonprofit Organizations
Displaced 0 0
Households Temporarily
Relocated, not Displaced 0 0
Households
Displaced
Total
Minority Property Enterprises
White Non-
Hispanic
Alaskan
Native or
American
Indian
Asian or
Pacific
Islander
Black Non-
Hispanic
Hispanic
Number
0
0
0
0
0
0
Cost
0
0
0
0
0
0
Table 10Relocation and Real Property Acquisition
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CR-20 - Affordable Housing 91.520(b)
Evaluation of the jurisdiction's progress in providing affordable housing, including the
number and types of families served, the number of extremely low-income, low-income,
moderate-income, and middle-income persons served.
One-Year Goal
Actual
Number of Homeless households to be
provided affordable housing units 56 0
Number of Non-Homeless households to be
provided affordable housing units 33 0
Number of Special-Needs households to be
provided affordable housing units 0 0
Total
89
0
Table 11Number of Households
One-Year Goal
Actual
Number of households supported through
Rental Assistance 20 10
Number of households supported through
The Production of New Units 0 0
Number of households supported through
Rehab of Existing Units 5 16
Number of households supported through
Acquisition of Existing Units 0 0
Total
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Table 12Number of Households Supported
Discuss the difference between goals and outcomes and problems encountered in meeting
these goals.
Due to the increased costs involved in rehabbing houses less units are renovated. In addition many of
the households still cannot afford to rent or to purchase a home even though Reading rents and house
prices are considered very reasonable in the Berks County area.
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CDBG funds were used for 12 residential rehabs through NHS's Major System Rehab Program. Also NHS
reported that they have conducted one homeownership assistance activity using CDBG program income
funds that they have received in their HOP Loan Program.
HOME funding resulted in 10 households receiving Tenant Based Rental Assistance and 4 Homeowner
Housing Rehabilitated.
Discuss how these outcomes will impact future annual action plans.
Less housing units will be rehabilitated.
Include the number of extremely low-income, low-income, and moderate-income persons
served by each activity where information on income by family size is required to determine
the eligibility of the activity.
Number of Households Served
CDBG Actual
HOME Actual
Extremely Low-income
7
6
Low-income
0
2
Moderate-income
5
1
Total
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Table 13Number of Households Served
Narrative Information
CDBG - NHS completed 12 major system rehabs to owner occupied housing units in 2017. 7 of the
households were in the extremely low income level range and 5 of households were in the low and
moderate income level range.
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CR-25 - Homeless and Other Special Needs 91.220(d, e); 91.320(d, e); 91.520(c)
Evaluate the jurisdiction’s progress in meeting its specific objectives for reducing and ending
homelessness through:
Reaching out to homeless persons (especially unsheltered persons) and assessing their
individual needs
The Berks Coalition to End Homelessness (BCEH) provides Street Outreach to homeless individuals and
families. BCEH’s efforts reach the City of Reading on a daily basis and areas around the rest of Berks
County as they are identified as having unsheltered persons residing in them. BCEH also participates in
the annual HUD Point in Time Count during the last week of January where there is a full CoC
(Continuum of Care) effort to identify any person who may be living in a place not meant for habitation
and to engage them into services, shelter, or both. There are currently three shelters that offer “Code
Blue” shelter which is shelter that runs from roughly November 1st to March 1st and anyone who wants
access shelter during this time will not be turned away. When someone who is unsheltered is ready to
engage in services, a full assessment is conducted by a case worker. The individual or family is entered
into HMIS (Homeless Management Information System) and the case management team connects the
client with resources and other services. Final numbers have not been calculated but it is anticipated
that the unsheltered count will decrease from last year.
Addressing the emergency shelter and transitional housing needs of homeless persons
Emergency shelter and transitional housing are key pieces of any comprehensive homeless system of
services. There will always be people who fall into homelessness, but the key is to rapidly assess them
and get them into housing as soon as possible and wrap the services around them. Reading currently
has three emergency shelter facilities, only one of which accepts any government funding. Two of those
facilities are on HMIS, the 3rd one provides data on the clients they serve by request from the CoC and
are listed as a partner agency. By conducting full assessments of each individual or family, persons can
be more quickly connected with services such as Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol, Social Security, DHS,
etc. Transitional housing is also quite important as some people need additional time in a recovery
setting or exposed to intensive services before they are ready to be placed in permanent housing.
Helping low-income individuals and families avoid becoming homeless, especially extremely
low-income individuals and families and those who are: likely to become homeless after
being discharged from publicly funded institutions and systems of care (such as health care
facilities, mental health facilities, foster care and other youth facilities, and corrections
programs and institutions); and, receiving assistance from public or private agencies that
address housing, health, social services, employment, education, or youth needs
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There are set discharge policies for each of the areas mentioned; mental health, health care facilities,
foster care and youth facilities, and correctional institutions. Each one has to abide by their state
regulations, but they also have to pledge that they will not release anyone into homelessness. A “home-
plan” must be in place before their release is secured. But for the community at-large, there are
homeless prevention activities and programs to keep low-income persons in their homes. The Salvation
Army, the Human Relations Commission, Family Promise, Berks Community Action Plan, and Berks
Connections assist with rent payments, eviction issues, and utility payments. Other homeless prevention
activities include legal assistance, landlord-tenant mediation, and housing locator services. Of the
people assisted with these services, most all are avoiding homelessness due to our intervention services.
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
In November of 2017 Berks County ramped up their efforts to provide a system of entry that is better
coordinated and able to address the needs of various subpopulations experiencing an episode of
homelessness. Our Coordinated Entry System has helped us identify those in need with the greatest
level of vulnerability so that we can target our limited resources to those clients with the greatest level
of need.
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CR-30 - Public Housing 91.220(h); 91.320(j)
Actions taken to address the needs of public housing
Please see the attachment Actions To Improve Public Housing and Resident Initiatives Reading Housing
Authority 2017
Actions taken to encourage public housing residents to become more involved in
management and participate in homeownership
Please see the attachment Actions To Improve Public Housing and Resident Initiatives Reading Housing
Authority 2017
Actions taken to provide assistance to troubled PHAs
The Reading Housing Authority is not classified as a troubled PHA.
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CR-35 - Other Actions 91.220(j)-(k); 91.320(i)-(j)
Actions taken to remove or ameliorate the negative effects of public policies that serve as
barriers to affordable housing such as land use controls, tax policies affecting land, zoning
ordinances, building codes, fees and charges, growth limitations, and policies affecting the
return on residential investment. 91.220 (j); 91.320 (i)
There are no public policies that limit affordable housing. The major limiting factor is the rehabilitation
costs due to the age of housing and condition of the housing thus making costs unaffordable to many
lower income households. The City continues to provide a subsidy to lower the cost of homeownership
by working with non-profits to rehabilitate homes and make them available for sale at prices affordable
to lower income households and provide first-time homebuyers with down payment assistance to make
entry into homeownership affordable.
Actions taken to address obstacles to meeting underserved needs. 91.220(k); 91.320(j)
Reliable data collection is necessary in order to assess the needs of the community and to sufficiently
address gaps in serving those needs within the community. It was indicated in the past that not only is
there a lack of financial resources to address the needs of underserved populations, but there is a lack of
collaboration between organizations that aim to serve those needs.
Strides toward proper data collection have been made through new program data collection
requirements set forth under programs such as ESG through the HMIS system. By assessing the needs of
the homeless population, we have come to learn much about other sub-populations of homeless
individuals. This has enabled us to better focus our efforts.
The City of Reading has actively applied for grant resources to bridge gaps in funding for underserved
populations. The City is also encouraging strong collaborative efforts between all developers, sub-
recipients and social service providers to pool the limited resources and create a seamless service for
those in need.
Actions taken to reduce lead-based paint hazards. 91.220(k); 91.320(j)
All housing units that utilize CDBG or HOME funding are required to comply with HUD's Lead Safe
Housing Rule. In addition, the City of Reading has an ordinance that address lead-based paint hazards in
housing units.
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Actions taken to reduce the number of poverty-level families. 91.220(k); 91.320(j)
Through the use of its CDBG, HOME, and ESG allocations, the City continued to address the needs of the
low and moderate income persons by providing a mixture of housing, economic development and
corresponding supportive services, thus attempting to reduce the number of families in poverty. The
City’s housing programs, in conjunction with non-profit agencies have increased the opportunity for
homeownership and quality housing. The City has also worked with lending institutions to encourage
fair lending in terms of meeting the credit needs of the underserved population in the City. In
conjunction with the City’s housing programs, staff in the past has met with local lenders to develop
strategies to increase the number and overall value of mortgage written for low-income persons
purchasing houses.
Actions taken to develop institutional structure. 91.220(k); 91.320(j)
The City works closely with a variety of agencies to develop partnerships to identify and respond to
emerging needs in the City. By serving on the boards and as advisors to several civic partnerships, the
City is able to provide leadership and strtegic assistance to make the programs responsive to community
needs.
Actions taken to enhance coordination between public and private housing and social service
agencies. 91.220(k); 91.320(j)
The City encourages subrecipients to partner with one another. Agencies such as Our City Reading Inc.,
Neighborhood Housing Services of Greater Reading Inc., Habitat For Humanity, the Reading Housing and
the City and County Redevelopment Authorities have previously collaborated on CDBG, HOME, and
Section 108 Loan funded activities.
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Identify actions taken to overcome the effects of any impediments identified in the
jurisdictions analysis of impediments to fair housing choice. 91.520(a)
During 2017 the Human Relations Commission accomplished the following. Fair Housing - The Human
Relations Commission responded to - 221 Walk-ins, 453 Telephone calls, 218 Cases required action, 1
Federal Fair Housing cases was filed. Homeless Prevention - The Human Relations Commission
responded to - 199 Walk-ins, 553 Telephone calls, 752 Cases required action, 25 People were helped,
305 Referrals were made, 371 Applications were incomplete, 69 Application were completed,
$13,739.85 was spent. Landlord/Tenant Mediation - The Human Relations Commission responded to -
90 Walk-ins, 26 Telephone calls, 116 Cases required action. Outreach & Education - The Human
Relations Commission - Conducted 3 Fair housing workshops with Reading school district, Conducted 1
Fair housing workshop with Hope Rescue Mission, Conducted 2 Fair housing workshops at Opportunity
House (homeless shelter), Participated in 9 meetings to present Fair Housing information, Conducted 3
presentations on Fair housing at Reading Housing Authority properties, Coordinated and participated in
6 fair housing forums in various locations, Conducted 1 Fair housing workshop at a local church (Bethel),
Conducted 2 Fair housing workshops at Salvation Army, Distributed 200 brochures at a health fair,
Distributed 550 brochures (Spanish/English) on eviction.
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CR-40 - Monitoring 91.220 and 91.230
Describe the standards and procedures used to monitor activities carried out in furtherance
of the plan and used to ensure long-term compliance with requirements of the programs
involved, including minority business outreach and the comprehensive planning
requirements
Performance monitoring is an important component in the long-term success of the federal grant
programs. It helps to ensure that the recipients of federal funds adhere to the purposes and
requirements of the programs as set forth by legislative regulations and funds are disbursed in a timely
fashion. The three entitlement programs for which the City enter into contracts with HUD are the HOME
Program, the CDBG Program, and the ESG Program. Monitoring occurs in accordance with the
agreements made between the City and sub-recipients, the certifications the City signs, and the
regulations for these programs. Monitoring responsibility for projects funded by the City will continue to
be assigned to the City's Community Development Department staff. The City exercises an elevated level
of control over the projects and activities of subrecipients of the HOME, CDBG and ESG Programs.
Therefore, monitoring procedures consist of minimum day-to-day contact either by telephone or in
person. Instead, the City partakes in the consistent and thorough review of all project documentation in
City files, written documentation of expenditures for reimbursement of costs by the City and the
submission of written progress reports. For the ESG Program, the City conducts on-site monitoring at
least once during the term of the subrecipient agreement. For the CDBG Program, the City selects a
representative sample of completed projects for on-site monitoring. For the HOME Program, the City
follows the schedule at 24 CFR Part 92.504(e) for on-site monitoring. The City monitoring standards and
procedures ensure that statutory and regulatory requirements are being met and that information
submitted to HUD is correct and complete.
Minority/Women Business Outreach Program efforts are designed to ensure the inclusion, to the
maximum extent possible, of minorities and women and entities owned by minorities and women, in all
contracts entered into by the City in order to facilitate the activities of the City to provide affordable
housing authorized under the Cranston-Gonzalez National Affordable Housing Act and any other fair
housing law applicable to the City. Minority/Women Business Outreach Program is done in accordance
with the requirements of Executive Orders 11625 and 12432 concerning minority business enterprises
and Executive Order 12138 concerning women’s business enterprises. In addition, that program
implements 24 CFR Part 85.36(e) which outlines the actions to be taken to assure that minority business
enterprises and women business enterprises are used when possible in the procurement of property
and services.
It is the City of Reading's Community Development Department's policy not to recommend for funding
activities that are not in acccompliance with the City's Comprehensive Plan.
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Citizen Participation Plan 91.105(d); 91.115(d)
Describe the efforts to provide citizens with reasonable notice and an opportunity to
comment on performance reports.
The CAPER advertisement appeared in the Reading Eagle newspaper on March 15, 2018.
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CR-45 - CDBG 91.520(c)
Specify the nature of, and reasons for, any changes in the jurisdiction’s program objectives
and indications of how the jurisdiction would change its programs as a result of its
experiences.
The City is not changing any of the program objectives. The City would prefer to select activities that can
spend funding more quickly nevertheless it is unable to do so because some of the slower spending
activities meet important needs of low and moderate income level persons.
Does this Jurisdiction have any open Brownfields Economic Development Initiative (BEDI)
grants?
Yes
[BEDI grantees] Describe accomplishments and program outcomes during the last year.
As of 12/31/2017 the BEDI grant balance was $444,200. The building has not yet been fully renovated
nor has a new developer been selected.
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CR-50 - HOME 91.520(d)
Include the results of on-site inspections of affordable rental housing assisted under the
program to determine compliance with housing codes and other applicable regulations
Please list those projects that should have been inspected on-site this program year based upon
the schedule in §92.504(d). Indicate which of these were inspected and a summary of issues
that were detected during the inspection. For those that were not inspected, please indicate
the reason and how you will remedy the situation.
Please list those projects that should have been inspected on-site this program year based upon the
schedule in §92.504(d). Indicate which of these were inspected and a summary of issues that were
detected during the inspection. For those that were not inspected, please indicate the reason and how
you will remedy the situation.
Each HOME-funded rental project within the affordability period was monitored, as scheduled, for
compliance in accordance with program standards.
1. Safe Berks
2. Providence House
3. Reading Housing Authority
4. Homes at Riverside
All of the HOME properties have been in operation for a number of years and sub-recipients are
generally knowledgeable about HOME program administration. Based on our new program, the City
monitored these projects in 2015 and every three years after. As some of the facilities age, there are
ongoing concerns about property maintenance. However, each of the facilities monitored had no codes
issues. Regular inspections occur at each of the facilities, and the owners address maintenance issues in
a timely manner.
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Provide an assessment of the jurisdiction's affirmative marketing actions for HOME units.
92.351(b)
The City of Reading sees that units and programs assisted with federal funds are affirmatively marketed.
In accordance with the City’s commitment of non-discrimination and equal opportunity housing, it has
established procedures to affirmatively market units rehabilitated or assisted under the HOME
Investment Partnership Act Program. These procedures are intended to further the objectives of the
Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 and Executive Order 11063.
The City believes that individuals of similar economic levels in the same housing market area should
have available to them a like range of housing choices regardless of their race, color, creed, religion, sex,
familial status, handicap or national origin. Individuals eligible for public housing assistance or who have
minor children should also have available a like range of housing choices. The City will carry out this
policy through affirmative marketing procedures designed for the HOME program.
During the reporting period, no completed projects contained more than five HOME-assisted units. The
units completed in 2016 were not subject to the affirmative marketing requirements. Therefore, the City
was not required to assess the effectiveness of the affirmative marketing actions prescribed by 24 CFR
92.351, however, marketing plans for all HOME-assisted programs were reviewed and suggestions were
made when opportunities for improved performance were observed.
Refer to IDIS reports to describe the amount and use of program income for projects,
including the number of projects and owner and tenant characteristics
The City recieved $50,123.41 of program income in 2017 attributable to repayment of past HOME loans.
Describe other actions taken to foster and maintain affordable housing. 91.220(k) (STATES
ONLY: Including the coordination of LIHTC with the development of affordable housing).
91.320(j)
Housing in Reading is considered to be very affordable. In 2015 the City performed a market study. The
purpose of this HOME Market analysis for the City of Reading, PA was to determine if the current
housing market in the Primary and Secondary Market Areas meet the Home Investment Partnerships
Program (HOME) affordability regulations at 24 CFR 92.254(a)(5)(i)(B) and HUD CPD Notice 12-003.
Specifically, this housing market study was being undertaken to determine if housing units assisted with
HOME funds in the City could qualify under the presumed benefit section of the regulations to meet the
resale restrictions of the HOME program during the period of affordability. There is no shortage of
affordable housing units for any persons who desire to live in Reading.
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There has been a longstanding goal of attracting middle-income residents by encouraging mixed-income
neighborhoods and attractive housing opportunities. The City continues to address the dilapidated
housing stock through aggressive Codes enforcement, an active Blighted Property Review Committee,
and demolition of structures that are blighted, dilapidated, and/or dangerous.
The biggest challenge is the current condition and maintenance expense of Reading’s aging housing
stock. To address these challenges, we work with non-profit agencies to administer a variety of
rehabilitation and repair assistance programs.
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CR-60 - ESG 91.520(g) (ESG Recipients only)
ESG Supplement to the CAPER in e-snaps
For Paperwork Reduction Act
1. Recipient InformationAll Recipients Complete
Basic Grant Information
Recipient Name
Organizational DUNS Number
EIN/TIN Number
Indentify the Field Office
Identify CoC(s) in which the recipient or
subrecipient(s) will provide ESG assistance
Reading/Berks County CoC
ESG Contact Name
Prefix
First Name
Middle Name
Last Name
Suffix
Title
ESG Contact Address
Street Address 1
Street Address 2
City
State
ZIP Code
Phone Number
Extension
Fax Number
Email Address
ESG Secondary Contact
Prefix
First Name
Last Name
Suffix
Title
Phone Number
Extension
Email Address
2. Reporting PeriodAll Recipients Complete
Program Year Start Date
Program Year End Date
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3a. Subrecipient Form Complete one form for each subrecipient
Subrecipient or Contractor Name: READING
City: Reading
State: PA
Zip Code: 19601, 3615
DUNS Number: 021446521
Is subrecipient a victim services provider: N
Subrecipient Organization Type: Unit of Government
ESG Subgrant or Contract Award Amount: 16384
Subrecipient or Contractor Name: THE SALVATION ARMY - READING CORPS
City: THE SALVATION ARMY - READING CORPS
State: PA
Zip Code: 99999,
DUNS Number:
Is subrecipient a victim services provider: N
Subrecipient Organization Type: Faith-Based Organization
ESG Subgrant or Contract Award Amount: 29361
Subrecipient or Contractor Name: Berks Coalition to End Homelessnes
City: Reading
State: PA
Zip Code: 19602, 2310
DUNS Number: 831225516
Is subrecipient a victim services provider: N
Subrecipient Organization Type: Other Non-Profit Organization
ESG Subgrant or Contract Award Amount: 24467
Subrecipient or Contractor Name: Opportunity House
City: Reading
State: PA
Zip Code: 19612, 2303
DUNS Number: 796668481
Is subrecipient a victim services provider: N
Subrecipient Organization Type: Other Non-Profit Organization
ESG Subgrant or Contract Award Amount: 105650
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Subrecipient or Contractor Name: Mary's Shelter
City: Reading
State: PA
Zip Code: 19607, 1751
DUNS Number: 943176560
Is subrecipient a victim services provider: N
Subrecipient Organization Type: Other Non-Profit Organization
ESG Subgrant or Contract Award Amount: 14470
Subrecipient or Contractor Name: City of Reading Human Relations Commission
City: Reading
State: PA
Zip Code: 19601, 3615
DUNS Number: 021446521
Is subrecipient a victim services provider: N
Subrecipient Organization Type: Unit of Government
ESG Subgrant or Contract Award Amount: 28128
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CR-65 - Persons Assisted
4. Persons Served
4a. Complete for Homelessness Prevention Activities
Number of Persons in
Households
Total
Adults
Children
Don’t Know/Refused/Other
Missing Information
Total
Table 16 Household Information for Homeless Prevention Activities
4b. Complete for Rapid Re-Housing Activities
Number of Persons in
Households
Total
Adults
Children
Don’t Know/Refused/Other
Missing Information
Total
Table 17 Household Information for Rapid Re-Housing Activities
4c. Complete for Shelter
Number of Persons in
Households
Total
Adults
Children
Don’t Know/Refused/Other
Missing Information
Total
Table 18 Shelter Information
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4d. Street Outreach
Number of Persons in
Households
Total
Adults
Children
Don’t Know/Refused/Other
Missing Information
Total
Table 19 Household Information for Street Outreach
4e. Totals for all Persons Served with ESG
Number of Persons in
Households
Total
Adults
Children
Don’t Know/Refused/Other
Missing Information
Total
Table 20 Household Information for Persons Served with ESG
5. GenderComplete for All Activities
Total
Male
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