New York State, in preparing its Consolidated Plan for 2011-2015, has addressed the following general requirements specified in 24 cfr sections 91. 10, 91. 110




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General Requirements


New York State, in preparing its Consolidated Plan for 2011-2015, has addressed the following general requirements specified in 24 CFR Sections 91.10, 91.110 and 91.300 of HUD’s regulations for consolidated planning.


  • Consolidated Program Year (Section 91.10)

In accordance with 24 CFR Section 91.10(a), New York State designates as its Consolidated Plan program year the 12 month period beginning on January 1st of each year and ending on December 31st of the same year.


  • Consultations (Section 91.110)

- NYS CDBG Consultations with Local Governments

Since 2000, the Housing Trust Fund Corporation has implemented an extensive outreach program to encourage the participation of citizens, statewide and regional community revitalization organizations, State agencies, and local governments as required by 24 CFR 91.110. Prior to the submittal of the State’s Action Plan each year and prior to the submittal of the Consolidated Plan every five years, public meetings are held with representatives of the State’s non-entitlement communities. The public meetings are held every fall as part of HTFC’s Annual Community Development Conference. The purpose of these meetings is to provide information on the NYS CDBG Program and to receive comments on the State’s method of distribution of its NYS CDBG funds and general feedback on the NYS CDBG Program.


In late fall and early winter of each year, HTFC conducts workshops in various locations throughout the State to provide guidance to communities, consultants, and private agencies in developing NYS CDBG applications for the upcoming program year. These meetings are held in as many locations across the State as possible in order to encourage attendance by existing grant recipients as well as potential grant recipients. Although primarily focusing on the application round, these workshops also provide an opportunity for communities to review the State’s method of distribution and for to solicit input on this method.


In addition to the public meetings and annual workshops, HTFC conducts public outreach throughout the year through various means of communication. For example, the website www.nysdhr.gov is one method for disseminating information to the public and State and local government agencies and offices. The website includes statistics on the allocation of funds for each of the annual funding rounds and the open round and serves as the primary method for providing updates to regulations, policies and procedures, and general guidance on the management of grants. Any public concerns or comments regarding any aspect of the NYS CDBG program are encouraged and can be submitted through an e-mail link available on the website.


HTFC provides one-on-one technical assistance to communities seeking assistance from the NYS CDBG program. The program provides communities with a private forum through which they can express opinions and concerns on the various aspects of the NYS CDBG program including the method of distribution of funds.


Throughout the year staff attend various conferences and public forums where the NYS CDBG Program is discussed with interested parties. These provide forums for the discussion of New York State’s implementation of the State’s Program, the needs of New York’s smaller cities and rural communities and the allocation and distribution of CDBG funds. On an annual basis, the staff attends conferences sponsored by organizations such as the New York State Association of Towns, the New York State Association of Counties, the New York State Conference of Mayors and the New York State Rural Preservation Coalition. In addition, staff is also periodically requested to participate in public forums, such as local and regional planning and information gathering sessions. They also regularly participate in various State agency discussions and meetings including the Co-Funding Initiative and the Appalachian Regional Planning Commission.


HTFC regards its obligations under the required Citizen Participation and Local Government Consultation processes as opportunities to improve the administration and accomplishments of the CDBG Program and address the housing and non-housing community development needs of New York State’s eligible jurisdictions.


- Consultation with Public Housing Authorities

New York State’s Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR) administers a sizable statewide Section 8 housing voucher program which annually provides rental and homebuyer assistance to more than 40,000 households. In addition, New York State supervises, but does not directly operate, 22 public housing projects. The State provides annual operating subsidies to these projects to make their rents more affordable. The affordability of this housing is also enhanced by State tax policies and agreements with localities. DHCR assists in the creation of public/private partnerships to rehabilitate and preserve public housing.

- Consultation with Social Services Agencies

As a member of the State’s National Affordable Housing Act (NAHA) Task Force, the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) is an integral partner in the development of the Consolidated Plan. OTDA leads a comprehensive effort to coordinate all the appropriate social service agencies in determining the housing and service needs of the homeless and those at risk of homelessness, as well as persons with special needs. In addition, social service agency representatives and advocates participate actively on both the NAHA Task Force and the Partnership Advisory Committee (PAC) which provides information throughout the planning process


- Consultation on Lead-based Paint Hazards

In the development of this Consolidated Plan, DHCR consulted with the New York State Department of Health (DOH) concerning lead-based paint hazards in New York State. DOH provided information on the number of housing units containing lead-based paint hazards and the number of children with elevated levels of lead in their blood. In addition, DHCR’s Office of Housing Management provided information on lead-based paint reduction strategies. DHCR participates on the State’s Lead Poisoning Prevention Advisory Council, as well as the Governor’s Task Force on the Prevention of Childhood Lead Poisoning to further the State’s efforts to eliminate childhood lead poisoning. The Task Force brings together a variety of State agencies to make findings and recommendations for the development and implementation of a coordinated strategy to reduce childhood exposure to lead. For additional information on the State’s efforts concerning lead-based paint hazards please refer to the Needs Assessment and Strategic Plan sections of this Plan.



  • Lead Agency Designation

In accordance with 24 CFR Section 91.300(b), the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR) has been designated as the lead agency in developing the State’s Consolidated Plan. The DHCR Commissioner serves as the Chairperson of New York State’s National Affordable Housing Act (NAHA) Task Force, tasked with leading State agencies, public authorities, public benefit corporations, community-based organizations, statewide advocacy groups, trade organizations, housing providers and interested citizens in the development of the State’s Consolidated Plan for 2011 – 2015. [A more detailed description of DHCR’s organization and responsibilities can be found in the Institutional Structure section of the Plan.]


    • Consolidated Plan Development Process

In the development of its Consolidated Plan for 2011 - 2015, New York State has followed the Citizen Participation Plan approved by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The Citizen Participation Plan fulfills the general and specific requirements described in Section 91.115 of the federal rules and regulations for the Consolidated Submissions for Community Planning and Development Programs (24 CFR 91), including citizen participation requirements for units of local government receiving Community Development Block Grants, as described at 24 CFR 570.486.


New York’s Citizen Participation Plan facilitates and encourages comments from citizens, local governments, statewide housing and community development organizations, not-for-profit organizations, State agencies, and other interested parties with insights into the housing and community development needs of New York State. Implementation of the Citizen Participation Plan ensures that New York State citizens and community groups have ample opportunity to participate in developing New York’s Action Plan.


New York’s Citizen Participation Plan encourages increased communication among the various State agencies and interested groups and individuals. New York State relies heavily on the advice and comments of its New York State Task Force on the National Affordable Housing Act (NAHA), its Partnership Advisory Committee (PAC), regional planning associations, citizens, not-for-profit organizations and other interested parties to maximize the benefits of collective problem-solving.


The NAHA Task Force is comprised of commissioners and staff liaisons from various State agencies. These agencies and departments provide crucial information concerning their responsibilities and activities in developing and implementing the Action Plan. These agencies are asked to encourage their clients, providers and not-for-profit organizations to take an active role in the citizen participation process. Furthermore, the agencies are asked to disseminate the schedule of meetings and the dates for public comment and hearings.


The Partnership Advisory Committee brings together representatives of a wide range of community-based and statewide organizations working to promote affordable housing. These organizations include: not-for-profits; local governments; private business associations; and advocates for the homeless, for minority groups and for persons with disabilities. As with the NAHA Task Force, PAC members are encouraged to disseminate pertinent information to their extensive membership networks and their clients.

This process allows New York State to interact with housing providers in arenas beyond the development and implementation of the Consolidated Plan. To the extent possible, these providers are included in the development and implementation of the annual Action Plan by being kept informed of the process, invited to participate at public hearings, and asked to review the draft Action Plan. All NAHA Task Force and Partnership Advisory Committee comments and concerns are considered during the development of the Consolidated Plan submission.


In fulfilling the terms of the State’s Citizen Participation Plan, New York State solicited input on the development of the draft Plan by conducting a series of public hearings at four different, geographically dispersed communities across the State. Notice of the hearing schedule (and thirty-day public comment period) was provided to a newspaper with statewide circulation, as well as non-English media, and printed more than two weeks prior to the start of the process. The notice was also posted on the Internet at www.nysdhcr.gov. In addition, the public hearings were held at times and locations convenient to potential and actual beneficiaries and with accommodations for persons with disabilities. Interpreters for non-English speaking individuals were available upon request.


The schedule of public hearings was forwarded to members of the NAHA Task Force/liaisons, PAC members, the New York State Library, county and city officials, legislative staff and the DHCR Public Information Office listserv.


During the thirty-day public comment period, the draft Consolidated Plan, as published for comment, was available on the DHCR website and the public was also encouraged to call DHCR’s toll-free number for information on the draft Plan. Copies of the draft Plan, as published for comment, were sent to groups and individuals upon request. Comment was encouraged.


All comments received at the public hearings and otherwise received during the thirty-day public comment period (both written and oral) were considered during the development of the Consolidated Plan submission and are summarized in an appendix to the submission.


All such items documenting the Citizen Participation Plan and consultation elements are available for inspection.


    • Summary of the Citizen Participation Process

In accordance with 24 CFR Section 91.115, New York State has prepared and submitted, and HUD has approved, a Citizen Participation Plan. This extensive plan establishes a process which encourages participation by minorities, low- and moderate-income persons, persons with disabilities and other interested residents of New York State in the development of the State’s Consolidated Plan.


In accordance with 24 CFR 91.300(b), New York State provides the following summary of the main elements of the process described in the State’s HUD-approved Citizen Participation Plan. To encourage citizen participation in the development of its Consolidated Plan, New York State has, among other things:


- held a series of public hearings at the beginning of the development process to solicit public input prior to the preparation of a draft Consolidated Plan;

- consulted with a broad range of public agencies (both state and local) and private organizations and individuals to solicit public input prior to the preparation of a draft

Consolidated Plan;

- published a summary of the draft Consolidated Plan in a newspaper with statewide

circulation;

- provided Internet access of the draft via DHCR’s Web site at www.nysdhcr.gov;

- conducted a 30 day public comment period; and

- established an e-mail address, DHCRConPln@nysdhcr.gov, to encourage and accept

public comments.


  • Summary of Public Comments

In accordance with New York State’s HUD-approved Citizen Participation Plan, members of the State’s National Affordable Housing Act (NAHA) Task Force and its Partnership Advisory Committee (PAC) provided input before and during the preparation of the draft Consolidated Plan and subsequently reviewed and commented on the draft. In addition, formal public input was solicited and received during a series of public hearings and a public comment period. The public hearings were held at the beginning of the Consolidated Plan development process on January 12 and 13, 2010 to solicit public input before the preparation of the draft Consolidated Plan. On each of the two hearing days, hearings were held simultaneously at four locations across the state (New York City, Albany, Syracuse and Buffalo) which were linked via videoconference. In addition, written comments were received during the 30 day public comment period.

In accordance with 24 CFR 91.300(b), the State considered all public comments offered at the public hearings and received during the public comment period.






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