Deborah McColloch, Director: 1234 Market St., 17th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107
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OHCD Public Hearing
Year 41 Preliminary Consolidated Plan

The City of Philadelphia’s Office of Housing and Community Development (OHCD) will hold a public hearing to solicit comments on the Year 41 Preliminary Consolidated Plan (July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016) for the proposed utilization of federal funds through the Community Development Block Grant ($39.046 million), HOME ($8.044 million), Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) ($7.436 million), and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) ($3.504 million). Funding amounts from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania are not yet known.

Those wishing to testify MUST COMPLY with the instructions below.

Date: Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Time: 2 - 6 p.m.*
Place: OHCD Board Room
1234 Market St., 17th floor
Philadelphia PA
Phone: 215-686-9723

*The hearing will begin promptly at 2 p.m. and will end when the last speaker has testified

Those wishing to testify MUST REGISTER by calling this phone number by April 13. Requests for specific times will be honored on a first-come, first-served basis. One speaker from each group, please, but group members are welcome to attend. Please bring five copies of your written testimony with you. Also during this hearing, questions will be accepted on the City’s plan to apply to DCED for Keystone Communities funding.

Those unable to attend may submit signed, written comments. These must be received by OHCD no later than Friday, May 1, 2015. Please forward comments to:

OHCD Dept. of Communications
1234 Market St., 17th floor
Philadelphia PA 19107
FAX: 215-686-9801
RE: Hearing on Year 41 Preliminary Consolidated Plan

Copies of the Year 41 Preliminary Consolidated Plan are available on this website. Plan

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. Copies are also available at the above address.

This meeting place is accessible to people with disabilities. Sections of the Plan will be made available on audiocassette and in Braille upon request. 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 April 13.

City of Philadelphia, Michael A. Nutter, Mayor
Office of Housing and Community Development, Deborah McColloch, Director

Grant Applications to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Keystone Communities Program

The City of Philadelphia seeks PA Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Keystone Communities funding to support the following three community development priorities:

  1. Preventing homelessness by keeping people in their homes: 
    The City of Philadelphia seeks funding through the Keystone Communities Accessible Housing Program (AHP) to support its Adaptive Modifications Program (AMP) administered through the Philadelphia Housing Development Corp. (PHDC). This City-wide program is designed to help individuals with permanent physical disabilities live more independently and remain in their homes. Average cost per home in 2012 was $12,900. There is extremely high demand for this program: there are more than 400 disabled residents on the waiting list leaving them without the repairs needed to remain in their homes.

    DCED AHP Request:  up to $600,000
  2. Targeting investments in strategic neighborhoods with regional assets -- educational anchor institutions, access to transit and job centers -- and significant past City and DCED investment.
    These neighborhoods also align with the core goals of HUD’s Choice and Promise Neighborhoods grant programs. The City of Philadelphia is seeking Keystone Communities funding and designation for the North Central Philadelphia and Mantua neighborhoods.

    North Central Philadelphia – Choice Neighborhoods

    The City of Philadelphia in partnership with the Philadelphia Housing Authority, Temple University and Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha (APM), recently submitted a grant application for a $30 million Choice Neighborhoods Implementation grant for North Central Philadelphia. Click here to view a map. This grant request supports a wide-range of educational, housing, neighborhood and commercial development projects and programs over five years.

    DCED Request:
    up to $150,000 for residential and commercial façade improvements.

    Mantua – Promise Zone
    The City of Philadelphia in partnership with Drexel University, Mt. Vernon Manor, People’s Emergency Center, LISC, University City District and many others applied for a HUD Promise Zone designation. Designation would position the City and its partners favorably for future federal grants, including the $30 million Promise Neighborhoods. Click here for a map of the Mantua Promise Zone.

    DCED Request:  up to $150,000 for residential and commercial façade improvements.

  3. Targeting investments in traditionally strong and healthy neighborhoods with regional assets but experiencing areas of disinvestment.
    In 2014, the City will target DCED funding to support economic development activities in neighborhoods in the Northwest Philadelphia Commercial Corridors Coalition. Click here to view a map of the northwest commercial corridors. The commercial districts in this district include:
  • Main Street, Manayunk
  • Ridge Avenue, Roxborough
  • Ridge & Midvale Avenues, East Falls
  • Germantown Avenue, Chestnut Hill
  • Germantown Avenue, Mt Airy
  • Germantown & Chelten Avenues, Germantown
  • Ogontz Avenue, West Oak Lane

    These commercial districts support local businesses, create jobs and deliver services to local residents to keep them in Philadelphia with shopping, dining and events.

    DCED Request:
     up to $275,000 for planning grants, commercial façades and marketing/business retention activities and programs in and around the targeted corridors.


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