The Consolidated Plan is DHCD’s application to the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for federal funds. Submitting the Plan to HUD is how the City accesses the funds it receives under the following programs:
- Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
- HOME Investment Partnership (HOME)
- Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA)
- Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG)
DHCD also includes state and local funding in the Plan.
The first step in preparing the Consolidated Plan is to develop a Preliminary Consolidated Plan and then ask the public for comment. The Preliminary Consolidated Plan for Year 42, the City’s Fiscal Year 2017, was made available to the public and a public hearing was held on Tuesday, April 19, with comments being accepted until May 2.
The Community Development ordinance that embodies the Proposed version of the Consolidated Plan was transmitted to City Council on May 19, 2016 for its consideration and City Council scheduled its hearing on the Plan. Notification by City Council was in the “Legal Notices” section of various newspapers.
The final version, the Year 42 Consolidated Plan was submitted electronically to HUD on June 30 and is available on this website. Copies are also available for citizen review in the Government Publications department of the Central, Fumo Family, West Regional, Northwest Regional and Northeast Regional branches of the Free Library of Philadelphia.
The Plan describes the activities the City expects to take in a fiscal year, and outlines the budgets for those activities. For Year 42, those activities and budgets are presented in a new format.
When DHCD submits the Plan to HUD, it will now do so electronically through a program called IDIS. The new Plan format mirrors the IDIS format so that HUD and the public, which does not have access to IDIS, are seeing the Plan in the same way.
The Current Consolidated Plan covers the City’s current fiscal year, FY 2017, which is CDBG Year 42.
The Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice identifies five key impediments that can be addressed through the City’s housing and community development policies. It also includes the data and the process that led the City to identify those impediments.
Once the fiscal year is over, DHCD prepares a report on the activities it listed in the Plan. This report is called the Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report, or CAPER.
DHCD reports on its activities more frequently to City Council. These reports, called 1029AA, are issued quarterly.
Sometimes it is instructive to look back at what DHCD has done in the past with the funding it received. That information can be found by reviewing Past Consolidated Plans.