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Legal Notices

OHCD proposes two Amendments to the Year 40 Consolidated Plan

Amendment #1

In conformance with the regulations of the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) the City of Philadelphia intends to reallocate funds as follows:

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CURRENT ALLOCATION  
Neighborhood-Based Rental
Neighborhood-Based Rental U/A* $3,471,700
1900 West Allegheny  $1,981,498 $768,502
Housing Development Assistance U/A $1,181,931
Housing Gap Financing(HO Large Scale)
PRA* NSP2* - Program Income $1,868,400
TOTAL CURRENT ALLOCATION $1,981,498 $1,181,931 $768,502 $3,471,700 $1,868,400
 
REALLOCATION:
Neighborhood-Based Rental
1 1900 West Allegheny $500,000 $2,250,000
Housing Development Assistance
2 Liberty Integration III - Vine & Vodges $53,481
Neighborhood Stabilization Program-2
Housing Gap Financing(HO Large Scale)
3 Latona Green Project $1,868,400
 
REMAINING BALANCE:
Neighborhood-Based Rental U/A $1,481,498 $768,502 $1,221,700
Housing Development Assistance U/A $1,128,450
Housing Gap Financing(HO Large Scale)
PRA NSP2 - Program Income $0
TOTAL REALLOCATION $1,981,498 $1,181,931 $768,502 $3,471,700 $1,868,400
  1. The purpose of this funding is to cover the new construction costs to create 60 affordable rental housing units for low-income seniors. The project developer and owner is New Courtland Elder Services.
  2. The purpose of this funding is to support the development of 14 one-bedroom units for persons with disabilities under HUD’s 811 financing program. All units will be 100% visitable and wheelchair accessible. The project owner is LCIP III, Inc. and the developer Liberty Resources Inc.
  3. The purpose of the funding is to cover new construction costs to create 10 affordable homeownership housing units.

*Definitions
U/A: Unallocated
PRA: Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority
NSP: Neighborhood Stabilization Program

Citizens wishing to comment on the proposed allocations should submit their comments in writing to:

Paul D. Chrystie, Director of Communications
Office of Housing & Community Development (OHCD)
1234 Market St., 17th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Fax: 215-686-9801
E-mail: paul.chrystie@phila.gov

The City will proceed with the adoption of the proposal without further notification provided that no comments are received by Monday, August 18, 2014. The finalized notice can be obtained by contacting OHCD at the above address.

Click here for a printable version

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

Amendment #2

In conformance with the regulations of the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development’s (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), the City of Philadelphia proposes to amend its Year 40 Consolidated Plan as outlined below. 

The following language in the “Selection Criteria for Special-Needs Projects”:

  1. A minimum of 10 percent of the total units must be accessible for people with physical disabilities/ mobility impairments and 4 percent for people with hearing or vision impairments. The City of Philadelphia supports the concept of visitability for accessible housing design and encourages all housing developers to include visitability design features. To the extent feasible, all new-construction housing development projects must include visitability design features. This includes at least one no-step entrance at either the front, side, back or through the garage entrance. All doors (including powder/bathroom entrances) should be 32 inches wide and hallways and other room entrances at least 36 inches wide.

Is proposed to be replaced with:

  1. All affordable rental housing projects must meet the following Set-Aside Requirements:
    1. Ten percent (10%) Physical disability
    2. Four percent (4%) Hearing and Vision Disability

All referrals for Special Needs units are required to come from the Deputy Mayor for Health and Opportunities Supportive Housing Clearinghouse. The City of Philadelphia supports the concept of visitability for accessible housing design and encourages all housing developers to include visitability design features. To the extent feasible, all new-construction housing development projects must include visitability design features. This includes at least one no-step entrance at either the front, side, back or through the garage entrance. All doors (including powder/bathroom entrances) should be 32 inches wide and hallways and other room entrances at least 36 inches wide.

Citizens wishing to comment on the proposed amendment should submit their comments in writing to

Paul D. Chrystie, Director of Communications
Office of Housing & Community Development (OHCD)
1234 Market St., 17th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107
E-mail: paul.chrystie@phila.gov

The City will proceed with the adoption of the proposed changes without further notification provided that no comments are received by Monday, August 18, 2014. The finalized notice can be obtained by contacting OHCD at the above address.

Click here for a printable version

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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