PROPOSED AMENDMENT FY 2019 ANNUAL ACTION PLAN COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT PROGRAM EMERGENCY SOLUTIONS GRANT PROGRAM

Notice is hereby given that the City of Erie proposes to amend its FY2019 Annual Plan. 

The City has identified a Priority Need, Strategic Plan Goal and Annual Plan Goal, all titled Provide facilities and services in support of the pandemic response and recovery efforts.     

The City of Erie proposes to amend its FY2019 Annual Plan for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) in accordance with the regulations and requirements of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for CDBG and ESG.  The City has requested and received approval of waivers as HUD has allowed but most of the requirements of the programs remain in place.

In light of the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Erie is interested in making available CDBG and ESG funding to program-eligible projects and activities.  To assist in providing facilities (new, expanded, etc.), special economic development assistance to businesses, public services, and ESG operating costs, essential services, rehabilitation, equipment, and homeless prevention that could enhance our community’s response to and recovery from the impact of the pandemic, our community will place a high priority on providing facilities and services in support of a coordinated pandemic response/recovery.

The FY2019 Amendment describes how the City of Erie intends to expend $375,273 ESG-CARES, and $358,162.62 CDBG-CARES funds as follows:

Transfer from:

            Erie County Department of Human Services                              $  94,343.80

            GECAC                                                                                     280,929.20

                                                                                                            $375,273.00

to the following:

Emergency Shelter – CARES                                                                

            Community of Caring, $8,000

            City Mission, $257,818

            The Refuge, $99,455

Hotel/Motel

            Salvation Army, $10,000

Total FY2019 ESG – CARES Funds for Project Activities                  $  375,273.00

Transfer from:

            Allegheny Health Network (St. Vincent)-Public Facilities           $  354,392.81

            Allegheny Health Network (St. Vincent)-Human Resources                3,769.81

                                                                                                            $  358,162.62

to the following:

CDBG – CARES

            Public Services                                                                        

                        Booker T. Washington Center, $60,000

                        Erie City Mission, $60,682

                        Boys & Girls Club, $10,757

                        U.S. Committee for Refugees & Immigrants, $40,000

                        John F. Kennedy Center, $26,723.62

                        St. Martin Center, $100,000

                        Community of Caring, $10,000

            Economic Development

                        Paramount Pursuits, $50,000

Total FY2019 CDBG – CARES Funds for Project Activities               $  358,162.62

Copies of the proposed amendment are available for viewing during the required seven day public comment period on the City’s website at cityof.erie.pa.us or by emailing dsmith@erie.pa.us.  Comments are invited and should be submitted in writing to dsmith@erie.pa.us no later than June 22, 2021.

Joseph Schember, Mayor

City of Erie, Pennsylvania

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