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.
Notice is hereby given that the Township of Abington, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania has prepared its Annual Action Plan for FFY2019. In accordance with the regulations and requirements of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), this plan will be on public display for a period of 30 days, beginning Monday, June 10, 2019 at the following location:Office of Community Development, 1176 Old York Road, Abington, PA 19001
This plan will be available for public inspection during normal business hours of operation. Written or oral comments will be accepted until Wednesday, July 10, 2019. Comments may be directed to Van B. Strother, Director, Office of Community Development, Township of Abington, 1176 Old York Road, Abington, PA 19001 (267) 536-1019.
A public hearing will be held on Monday, June 24, 2019 at 3:00 PM at the Township Building, 1176 Old York Road, First Floor Conference Room, Abington, PA 19001. The purpose of the public hearing is to present the FFY 2019 Annual Action Plan the Township has prepared for the use of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds in the amount of $781,243. This meeting will be held by the Community Development Department. The Township intends to submit this document to HUD on or before August 15, 2019.
The Township Building and First Floor Conference Room are accessible to persons with physical disabilities. If special arrangements need to be made to accommodate residents in order for them to participate in the public hearing, please call Mr. Van B. Strother, Director, Office of Community Development, at (267) 536-1019 to make those arrangements. Any person requiring an interpreter for the hearing impaired or the visually impaired should contact Mr. Strother at least five (5) calendar days prior to the meeting and an interpreter will be provided. In addition, hearing-impaired persons may call Pennsylvania Relay at 711. Any non-English speaking person wishing to attend the public hearing should contact Mr. Strother at least five (5) calendar days prior to the meeting and, if needed, a language interpreter will be provided. Cualquier persona que no habla Inglés que deseen asistir a la audiencia pública deben comunicarse con el Sr Strother cinco (5) días calendario antes de la reunión y un intérprete de lenguaje se proporcionará.
The Proposed FFY 2019 Annual Action Plan was prepared after conducting a public hearing on housing and community development needs of the Township of Abington. The following CDBG activities are proposed for funding under the FFY 2019 Annual Action Plan:
- Administration - $156,000
- Fair Housing Activities - $1,000
- Financial Literacy - $ 4,243
- New sidewalks and curbing at the 2200-2400 block of Old Welsh Road - $150,000
- Accessibility Improvements at the Ardsley Community Center - $35,000
- Rental Acquisition - $75,000
- Rental Rehabilitation Program - $110,000
- Owner Occupied Rehabilitation Program - $250,000
The plan will be submitted to the Abington Township Board of Commissioners on Thursday, July 11, 2019. At this time, this plan will be presented to the Township’s Board of Commissioners for approval at its regular Board of Commissioners’ Meeting. If the Township would undertake an activity that would result in the displacement of families or individuals, then the Township would utilize its policy for minimizing such displacement. Furthermore, the Township is responsible for replacing all low- and moderate-income housing units that may be demolished or converted as a result of CDBG Funds.
Historic Preservation Activities - By this notice, the Township of Abington invites parties who have an interest which may impact historic resources to make themselves known so that we can invite them to the notification and review process required by the regulations of the National Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (36 CFR, part 800).All interested persons, groups, and organizations are encouraged to attend this public hearing and will be given the opportunity to present oral or written testimony concerning the proposed plan and use of Federal funds under the FFY 2019 Annual Action Plan.
Written comments or oral comments may be addressed to Mr. Van B. Strother, Director, Office of Community Development, Township of Abington, 1176 Old York Road, Abington, PA 19001 (267) 536-1019. Persons with hearing and/or speech impairments may contact the Township via 711.