The Township of Abington is an entitlement community under the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. An entitlement community is defined as a municipality (city or metropolitan area) with a population of 50,000 persons or more, which receives an annual allocation of CDBG funds directly from HUD under the CDBG Entitlement Program. The CDBG program is a federally funded program, authorized under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended.
As an entitlement community, the Township of Abington is required to prepare a Five Year Consolidated Plan. The Consolidated Plan is a strategic plan to implement federal programs for housing and community development within the Township. The Township is currently operating under the Five Year Consolidated Plan for FY 2015 beginning October 1, 2015, through FY 2019, ending September 30, 2020.
To develop the five year strategic plan, the Township looks to residents and organizations who live and work within the Township. The collaboration among the local and regional community is necessary to ensure that projects are relevant and reflect the needs of the community the CDBG program seeks to serve.
The Five Year Consolidated Plan is realized through the development of an Action Plan each year from October 1 to September 30 that discusses the goals, objectives, desired outcomes, public engagement, demographics, existing conditions and projects as identified in the Five Year Consolidated Plan. The Action Plan is a requirement of participating in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.
Each year two publicly advertised meetings are held to solicit feedback on the annual Action Plan.
To view the most recent plans, please click on the plan of interest below.
- FY 2015 - 2019 Five Year Consolidated Plan
- Draft FY 2019 Annual Action Plan
- FY 2018 Annual Action Plan
The CDBG program requires that each activity funded meet one of the three national objectives, which are:
- Benefit to low- to moderate- income households or persons;
- Aid in the prevention of the elimination of slum or blight;
- Having to meet a particular urgent need.
The Township’s most effective use of the CDBG funds has been to benefit households or persons of low- to moderate- income. Low and moderate income means a family or household with an annual income less than the Section 8 Low Income Limit, generally 80 percent of the area median income. The area median family income for Montgomery County is $87,400.00 for a family of four, which is part of the Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD MSA. The area median income is annually established by HUD.
The current income limits published by HUD on June 1, 2018 for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 are as follows:
The Township of Abington is an older established community that has approximately 98% of its buildable lands developed. The Township has primarily focused the use of its CDBG funds on the reuse and rehabilitation of its aging housing stock and public improvements. Housing and Public Improvement have been the two main areas that the Township has supported with its allocation of CDBG funds. The following is a general breakdown of the use of these of funds:
- Rehabilitation of existing housing units
- Rental Housing
- Creation of new housing units
- Rehabilitation of existing units
- Public Improvements
- Public Infrastructure
- Streets, sidewalks and curbing
- Storms water management systems
- Public Facilities
- Accessibility improvements at township facilities
- Creation of new community facility
- Public Service
- Youth meal program
- Public notifications
- Public Infrastructure
The Township welcomes resident input and keeps a evolving list of projects to pursue with funding. Before submitting a project, please consider the following questions:
- Will this project meet an unmet need that will benefit residents in the Abington community?
- Does this project serve a low to moderate income population?
If you would like to submit a project for consideration, please click here and you will be taken to a submission form. Due to limitations in funding and the types of projects, all project requests are reviewed annually.
For questions, please contact Van Strother, Director of Community Development at 267-536-1019.
Submissions will be reviewed by the Township’s Department of Community Development for consideration. Each submission will be assessed to determine if it meets a National Objective and if it addresses an unmet need in the Township of Abington. The Township’s Five Year Consolidated has identified areas of need and prioritized these needs to serve the low- to- moderate income population.
If a proposed project is found to meet these criteria, the feasibility of the proposed project will be assessed. The Township’s Department of Community Development will then evaluate if the service is currently offered or could be offered by another established organization in the area, which has the organizational capacity and is better prepared to deliver the project or service.
During this time, the Township’s Department of Community Development may contact the submitter for additional information as needed.
The following is a list of activities that have been funded by the CDBG Program over the years:
- Street Reconstruction, Demolition
- Housing Rehabilitation (both owner and rental)
- Business Improvements (grants for jobs)
- After School and Summer Program
- Planning Studies; New Construction
- Accessibility Modifications
- Flooding and Drainage Improvement
The Township of Abington is routinely monitored for the various federal programs that it administers. During the calendar year of 2018, a total of three-(3) separate on-site monitoring reviews was performed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Pennsylvania Department of Economic and Community Development. All two-(2) agencies commended the Township’s on its operations, documentation and record keeping of its respective programs.
The Township of Abington is preparing its FY 2020-2024 Five Year Consolidated Plan, FY 2020 Annual Action Plan, and Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice. The Township must submit these Plans to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to receive Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds.
Input from stakeholders is vital to the creation and implementation of these plans. If you would like to participate in the identification of the housing needs, community development needs, economic development needs, and impediments to fair housing choice, please consider attending one of these meetings or the online survey:
Zoom Meeting, Wednesday, July 8th at 10 AM. Please contact email@example.com for participation details.
Online Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TwnshpofAbington
Public Hearing, Thursday, July, 30th 2020 at 10:00 AM. Please contact vstrother@AbingtonPA.gov for participation details.
Below is an update from Van Strother, Director of Community Development, regarding this effort.
Opportunities for Public Engagement
- Online Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TwnshpofAbington
- July 8, 2020, 10 AM- Virtual Public Meeting
- Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for participation details.
- July 30, 2020, 10 AM- Virtual Meeting
- Meeting Information
- Webinar Link: https://zoom.us/j/99744182751
- Telephone: 1-929-436-2866
- Meeting ID #: 997-4418-2751
- Meeting Information
Upcoming Anticipated Board Actions
- July 9, 2020- Board of Commissioners authorize notice of display of plan
- August 13, 2020- Board of Commissioners to review and approve budget