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) has prepared its Five-Year Consolidated Plan for the period of FY 2020-2024.  The Five-Year Plan outlines the County’s housing and non-housing community development needs and priorities for the next five years.  The Annual Plan for FY 2020 describes how the County intends to expend $3,576,270 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds, $570,962 in Home Investment Partnerships (HOME) funds, and $ 306,169 in Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). In addition, the County expects to receive $30,000 in CDBG Program Income. 

In order to obtain the views of citizens, public agencies, and other interested parties, the County has placed its proposed FY2020-2024 Five-Year Consolidated Plan and Annual Action Plan for FY 2020 on public display online at www.racw.net for 30 days on April 21-May 20, 2020.  Copies of the document will also be e-mailed or mailed upon request by contacting Brenda Williamson at 724-228-6875 Ext. 219 or brenda.williamson@racw.net.

The FY 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan and FY 2020 Annual Action Plan contain the following major components:

  1. Identification of housing and non-housing community development needs and priorities over the next five years within the County.
  2. Identification of federal and non-federal resources reasonably expected to be made available during the program year to undertake activities identified in the proposed Five-Year Consolidated Plan for FY 2020-2024.
  3. A list of activities to be undertaken during the FY 2020 program year to address community development and housing needs including the geographic distribution of activities to be completed.
  4. Identification of homeless and special needs activities to be undertaken during the 2020 annual program period to address identified needs within the County.

The Five Year Consolidated Plan for FY 2020-2024 and the proposed use of funds outlined in the FY 2020 Annual Plan were developed after conducting focus group meetings with area service providers, analyzing results from a questionnaire that was distributed to local housing and homeless providers, holding public hearings throughout the County, and the review of requests from local communities identifying needs. 

Comments on the proposed Five-Year Consolidated Plan for FY 2020-2024 and the proposed use of funds for FY 2020 can be submitted the following ways:

  1. Written comments can be mailed to the Redevelopment Authority of the County of Washington, 100 West Beau Street, Suite 603, Washington, PA 15301 by May 20, 2020.
  2. Written comments can be e-mailed to brenda.williamson@racw.net by May 20, 2020.
  3. Verbal comments can be submitted to Brenda Williamson by calling 724-228-6875 Ext. 219 or (724) 228-6875. TTY 7-1-1 (Pennsylvania Relay Center) by May 20, 2020.
  4. Virtual public hearing and conference call will be held on May 6, 2020 at 2:00 PM. For virtual meeting and/or conference call details, contact Brenda Williamson at brenda.williamson@racw.net or (724) 228-6875 x 219 or (724) 228-6875. TTY 7-1-1 (Pennsylvania Relay Center).

The County has also prepared an Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (AI), which identified barriers to fair housing choice within the County, as well as a Fair Housing Action Plan of activities the County may undertake to remove or ameliorate those barriers. The AI will be on public display online at www.racw.net for 30 days on April 21-May 20, 2020.   The AI will also be e-mailed or mailed upon request by contacting Brenda Williamson at 724-228-6875 Ext. 219 or brenda.williamson@racw.net.

The County has also prepared a Citizen Participation Plan (CPP), which outlines the County’s responsibilities for obtaining citizen comment on the Consolidated Plan, Annual Plans, Plan Amendments, the Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice, the Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report and any Section 108 loan application should the County undertake one.  The CPP will be on public display online at www.racw.net for 15 days on April 21-May 5, 2020.   The CPP will also be e-mailed or mailed upon request by contacting Brenda Williamson at 724-228-6875 Ext. 219 or brenda.williamson@racw.net.

Washington County will make reasonable accommodations and services necessary for sensory-impaired and disabled citizens. Additionally, translation services may be offered upon request and availability. Persons requiring such accommodations/services should contact the Redevelopment Authority of the County of Washington at least five working days in advance of the meeting at redevelopment@racw.net  or (724) 228-6875. TTY 7-1-1 (Pennsylvania Relay Center). 

The County Commissioners are expected to act on the proposed FY 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan and Annual Action Plan for FY 2020 on June 4, 2020 at the regularly scheduled Commissioners meeting at 10:00 A.M. in Public Meeting Room 104, Courthouse Square Office Building, 100 West Beau Street, Washington. In accordance with the Final Rule for consolidation of the CDBG, HOME, and ESG Programs, 24 CFR Part 91, et. al., the County will submit the Consolidated Strategy and Annual Plans to HUD around June 5, 2020. 

WASHINGTON COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

 

           Diana Irey Vaughan                            Larry Maggi                               Nick Sherman

                       Chair                                        Vice Chair                                 Commissioner

2020-2024 CP draft display 4.14.2020

Washington County AI 2020 draft display 4.15.20

Washington Cty Citizen Part Plan draft display 4.15.20

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)