Opening of Public Comment Period


NOTICE OF AMENDMENT TO FAIRFAX COUNTY CONSOLIDATED PLAN ANNUAL ACTION PLAN FOR FISCAL YEAR (FY) 2012 TO INCORPORATE FUNDING AND ACTIVITIES UNDER THE SECOND ALLOCATION OF FY 2012 EMERGENCY SHELTER GRANTS/EMERGENCY SOLUTIONS GRANTS FUNDING

 

TO ALL INTERESTED AGENCIES, GROUPS, AND PERSONS:

The purpose of this notice is to provide an opportunity for public comment on a proposed amendment to the Fairfax County Consolidated Plan One-Year Action Plan for FY 2012 to incorporate funding and activities under the second allocation of the FY 2012 Emergency Shelter Grants/Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) Program. The Emergency Solutions Grants program is an entitlement program replacing the former Emergency Shelter Grant under the federal HEARTH Act that was signed into law in May 2009.  Full implementation of the new ESG program will begin in FY 2013.  Under HEARTH, there is much greater emphasis on using funding to prevent homelessness and to rapidly re-house persons and families who do become homeless.  The law establishes a minimum threshold of funding to be used for new activities under the HEARTH Act, including prevention and rapid re-housing activities.  The provision of this opportunity for comment is in accordance with the County’s Citizen Participation Plan for substantive amendments to the Consolidated Plan. 

The Consolidated Plan, as required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), identifies Fairfax County’s overall needs for affordable and supportive housing, for homeless shelters and services, for community and economic development, and for building public and private partnerships.  The proposed program modifications utilizing ESG funds will have no adverse impact on any of the projects and activities already a part of the One-Year Action Plan for FY 2012.

 

PROPOSED CHANGES

 

Use of the Second Allocation of ESG Funds:

Fairfax County is expected to be awarded $147,290under the second federal allocation of ESG funds for FY 2012.  Consistent with the goals of the Fairfax-Falls Church Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness, this second allocation must be used for new components authorized under the HEARTH Act, and is planned to be used for prevention and rapid re-housing activities.  

  • Approximately $103,103 (70%) will be allocated for Prevention Services, and
  • Approximately $ 44,187 (30%) will be allocated for Rapid Re-Housing Services.

Contents of Substantial Amendment:

The substantial amendment available for review contains the following contents: Summary of Consultation Process; Summary of Citizen Participation Process; Information on required Match; Proposed Activities and Overall Budget; Written Standards for the Provision of ESG Assistance; Description of the process for making Sub-Awards; Plan for consultation with homeless or formerly homeless individuals regarding ESG-funded facilities, services, or other assistance; Performance Standards for evaluating ESG activities; and Certifications.

                                                                                                                                      

PUBLIC COMMENTS

Copies of the amendment will be available for review on Friday, March 23, online at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/rha/esg_proposed_fy_12_amendment.pdf, at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/homeless and at the Citizen Information Desk located on the lobby level of the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, Virginia 22035.  Copies may also be obtained at the Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development, 3700 Pender Drive, Suite 300, Fairfax, Virginia 22030 or 8350 Richmond Highway, Suite 527, Alexandria, Virginia, 22309.  All of the above mentioned locations are accessible to persons with disabilities.

For additional information or to submit comments, please contact the Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development, Attention: Stephen Knippler, Senior Program Manager, 3700 Pender Drive, Fairfax, Virginia 22030-6039, call 703-246-5170, TTY: 703-385-3578, or send an e-mail to: stephen.knippler@fairfaxcounty.gov. Written comments should be received at the above Pender Drive building address or e-mail address by 12 p.m. on April 23, 2012.  At its regular meeting on May 1, 2012, the Board of Supervisors will take action on the proposed Plan amendment and use of ESG funds for submission to HUD by May 15, 2012.

Fairfax County is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination in all County programs, services and activities and will provide reasonable accommodations upon request. To request special accommodations call 703-246-5101 or TTY 703-385-3578. Please allow 48 hours in order to make the necessary arrangements.

 

 

 


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