City of Hazleton’s Substantial Amendment to Fiscal Year 2020 for Cares Act Fund

“The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act,” CARES Act which was signed into law on March 27, 2020, provides funds through the CDBG, ESG and HOPWA programs. The CARES Act provides for allocations of funds to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus.

The City of Hazleton has taken stock of local needs and the parameters of each of the programs and determined how the funds allocated will be used in this community. The following activities will be funded:

  • Code Enforcement - health and sanitation enforcement of CDC guidelines
  • Public Service - To ensure the safety of firefighters and the public sanitizers and PPE will be purchased.
  • Provision of assistance to businesses that create or retain jobs for Hazleton residents of up to $5,000 to help them reopen.
  • Administration

PR-15 Summary of the citizen participation process

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) granted several waivers to program procedure to expedite the use of these funds. These waivers included an ability to amend the Citizen Participation Plan and allow for a much shorter timeframe for public display, use of the internet to make the Substantial Amendment available to the public and use of virtual meetings to allow for input and comment. The City of Hazleton advertised the Substantial Amendment on June 25 and made the Substantial Amendment available to the public for a period of seven days and held a virtual public hearing on July 8, 2020 at 10AM. There were (TBD) participants in the meeting.

Click here to read the complete City of Hazleton’s Substantial Amendment to Fiscal Year 2020 for Cares Act Fund Report.