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Office of Housing and Community Development
Consolidated Annual Performance & Evaluation Report (CAPER) Needs Assessment Hearing

The City of Philadelphia’s Office of Housing and Community Development (OHCD) will conduct a hearing to provide the citizens of Philadelphia with an opportunity to comment on the 2015 Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER), which covers all activities completed or in progress during the period July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015. Citizens are also invited to comment on neighborhood housing and community development needs. Citizens of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery Counties are invited to offer comments on the CAPER and on housing needs related to the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS program. These remarks are solicited as part of OHCD’s planning process for the fiscal year 2017.

This public hearing is the first step in preparing the Consolidated Plan for Year 42, which will allocate federal and state funding through the Community Development Block Grant, HOME program, Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS program, Emergency Solutions Grant, and PA Department of Community and Economic Development funding.

Funding amounts have not been determined for these programs. For planning purposes, OHCD assumes it will receive approximately the same amounts in Year 42 as in Year 41.

The CAPER is available on the reports page of this website. Copies are also available for citizen review in the Government Publications sections of the Central, Fumo Family, Northwest Regional, Northeast Regional, and West Regional branches of the Free Library of Philadelphia. Copies of the CAPER are also available from OHCD.

The CAPER/Needs Assessment hearing will be held on:

DATE: Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015
TIME: 2-6 p.m.*
PLACE: OHCD Board Room
1234 Market St., 17th Floor
PHONE: 215-686-9723
*Or until the last speaker has testified.

Those wishing to testify MUST REGISTER by calling this number by Dec. 4, 2015. Requests for specific times will be honored on a first-come, first-served basis. One speaker from each group, please, but group members are encouraged to attend. Please bring five copies of testimony.

Those unable to attend may submit written, signed comments by Dec. 11, 2015. Please forward comments to:

OHCD Communications Department
1234 Market St., 17th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107
RE: Hearings
Fax: 215-686-9853
Email: Paul Chrystie

This meeting place is accessible to people with disabilities. A sign language interpreter will be available at the hearing from 2-4 p.m. For additional details, or if you require a sign language interpreter at a different time during the hearing, call 215-686-9760 (TDD 215-686-9803) by Dec. 4, 2015


Date of Notice: November 9, 2015

City of Philadelphia
Office of Housing and Community Development
1234 Market Street, 17th Floor
Philadelphia, PA  19107

These notices shall satisfy two separate but related procedural requirements for activities to be undertaken by the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Housing and Community Development (OHCD) and the Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA).

On or about November 30, 2015, the City of Philadelphia will submit a request to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the release of HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) funds under Title II of the Cranston-Gonzalez National Affordable Housing Act, as amended, and the City of Philadelphia will authorize the Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) to submit to HUD a request for release of funds under Section 8 of the U.S. Housing Act of 1937, as amended, to undertake the following housing project:

Project Title: New Courtland Apartments at Allegheny

Purpose: Development of 45 one-bedroom apartments for low-income seniors.  The new apartments will be in a six-story apartment complex totaling 35,000 square feet.  This project is located in the New Courtland Senior Health Services Campus, an innovative six-acre campus devoted to promoting the health and independence of Philadelphia’s frailest, low-income seniors in a community setting.

Location: 1900 Allegheny Avenue, Philadelphia

Estimated Cost: $1,500,000 in HOME funds with total development cost of $10,842,000.  Additional funding will be provided by the Philadelphia Housing Authority through its Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program with 40 project-based vouchers.

The City of Philadelphiahas determined that the project will have no significant impact on the human environment.  Therefore, an Environmental Impact Statement under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) is not required.  Additional project information is contained in the Environmental Review Record (ERR) on file at the City of Philadelphia Planning Commision, 1515 Arch Street, 13th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19102and may be examined or copied weekdays 9 A.M. to 4 P.M.

Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments on the ERR to OHCD. All comments received by November 27, 2015 will be considered by the OHCD prior to authorizing submission of a request for release of funds.  Comments should specify which Notice they are addressing.

The City of Philadelphia certifies to HUD that Deborah McColloch in her capacity as OHCD’s Director of Housing consents to accept the jurisdiction of the Federal Courts if an action is brought to enforce responsibilities in relation to the environmental review process and that these responsibilities have been satisfied.  HUD’s approval of the certification satisfies its responsibilities under NEPA and related laws and authorities and allows the City of Philadelphia and the PHA to use Program funds.

HUD will accept objections to its release of funds and the the City’s certification for a period of 15 days following the anticipated submission date or its actual receipt of the request (whichever is later) only if they are on one of the following bases:

(a) the certification was not executed by the Certifying Officer of the City;
(b) the City has omitted a step or failed to make a decision or finding required by HUD regulations at 24 CFR part 58;
(c) the grant recipient or other participants in the development process have committed funds, incurred costs or undertaken activities not authorized by 24 CFR Part 58 before approval of a release of funds by HUD; or
(d) another Federal agency acting pursuant to 40 CFR Part 1504 has submitted a written finding that the project is unsatisfactory from the standpoint of environmental quality. 

Objections must be prepared and submitted in accordance with the required procedures (24 CFR Part 58) and shall be addressed to:

HUD, Office of Community Planning and Development and Office of Public and Indian Housing, at the
Wanamaker Building,
100 Penn Square East,
Philadelphia, PA 19107-3380. 

Potential objectors should contact HUD to verify the actual last day of the objection period.

Deborah McColloch, Director of Housing
City of Philadelphia Office of Housing and Community Development


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