NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGS
COUNTY OF WASHINGTON
FIVE YEAR CONSOLIDATED PLAN FOR PERIOD FY 2020-2024 AND
FY 2020 ANNUAL ACTION PLAN
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT PROGRAM
HOME INVESTMENT PARTNERSHIPS PROGRAM
EMERGENCY SOLUTIONS GRANT PROGRAM

Notice is hereby given that the County of Washington (County) is currently preparing its Five Year Consolidated Plan for the period of FY 2020-2024. The County will apply for FY 2020 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Home Investment Partnerships (HOME), and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The County will conduct public hearings on the use of CDBG, HOME, and ESG funds received from HUD for the five year period FY 2020-2024 and for FY 2020. In accordance with the Final Rule for consolidation of the CDBG, HOME, and ESG Programs, 24 CFR Part 91, et. al., the County will prepare a Consolidated Strategy and Annual Plan, which will be submitted to HUD on or before May 15, 2020.

The purpose of these hearings is to obtain the views and comments of individuals and organizations relative to housing and community development needs that may be addressed by CDBG, HOME, and ESG funds during the next five years. The hearings will be held at the following locations and times:

DONORA: December 23, 2019 at 11:00 A.M.
Location: Council Chambers, Municipal Building
603 Meldon Avenue, Donora, Pennsylvania

WASHINGTON: December 23, 2019 at 5:00 P.M.
Location: Courthouse Square, Suite 603
100 West Beau Street, Washington, Pennsylvania

Persons with special needs should contact Brenda Williamson, Community Development Senior Director, at the Redevelopment Authority of the County of Washington at (724) 228-6875 Ext. 219 at least 48 hours prior to the public hearing with accommodation requests. Both public meeting rooms are fully accessible to persons with disabilities.

In addition to the above listed public hearings, the County has created an online Housing and Community Development Needs survey for residents, business owners, housing providers, service providers, and other interested parties and stakeholders to complete to help identify the most critical needs in the County. The link for the survey is https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CN-WashingtonCo.

The County expects to publish a summary of its proposed Five Year Consolidated Plan for FY 2020-2024 and Annual Action Plan for FY 2020 on or about March 15, 2020. A copy of these documents will be placed on public display for a 30-day review period beginning on or about March 15, 2020. A second public hearing will be duly advertised and conducted to present the proposed plan to the public. The County will consider comments on the proposed plan prior to adoption by the Washington County Board of Commissioners in early May 2020. The County intends to submit its Five Year Consolidated Plan and Annual Action Plan to HUD on or before May 15, 2020.

Washington County FY 2015-19 Five-Year Consolidated Plan

The Washington County FY 2015-19 Five-Year Consolidated Plan outlines priority needs, goals, and objectives for housing needs, non-housing community development needs, homeless needs, and non-homeless special needs. The Plan also outlines how Washington County will utilize Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds, Home Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) funds, and Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) funds over the next five year period.

The Consolidated Plan is guided by three overarching goals including:

  • To provide decent housing by preserving the affordable housing stock, increasing the availability of affordable housing, reducing discriminatory barriers, increasing the supply of supportive housing for special needs households, and transitioning homeless persons and families into housing.
  • To provide a suitable living environment through safer, more livable neighborhoods, greater integration of low and moderate income residents, increased housing opportunities, and reinvestment in deteriorating neighborhoods and communities.
  • To expand economic opportunities through more jobs paying self-sufficient wages, homeownership opportunities, development activities that promote long-term community viability, and the empowerment of low and moderate income persons to achieve self-sufficiency.

2015 -19 Consolidated Plan (PDF)