CARES Act Update: Substantial Amendment and upcoming Request for Proposals

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has provided Lancaster County and the City of Lancaster with three allocations of CDBG Coronavirus (CDBG-CV) and ESG Coronavirus (ESG-CV) dollars as enabled in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) (Public Law 116-136).

The first round of dollars provided the City of Lancaster with $503,203 in ESG-CV and $1,004,871 in CDBG-CV dollars. These City’s plan for these dollars was proposed in the 2019 Annual Action Plan’s 2nd Substantial Amendment. This Substantial Amendment was approved by the City’s Mayor, City Council, the City’s public, and HUD. These dollars were then allocated to the following programs:

Eviction Prevention Network – $404,500
Assets Technical Assistance for Microenterprise – $103,000
CAP Utility Assistance – $45,500
Building Codes – $147,000
Public Health Services – $154,871
Home Rehabilitation and Critical Repair – $150,000

Lancaster County Day/Drop In Center – $109,846
Low Barrier Overnight Shelter – $128,364
Quarentine Hotel – $108,927
Tabor’s Lancaster City and County Homeless Outreach – $38,137
The Lancaster County Food Hub Outreach Program – $31,718
Tabor’s CHS Rapid Rehousing Program – $86,211

The second and third round of dollars provided the City of Lancaster with $809,254 in ESG-CV and $548,068 in CDBG-CV dollars. The City is proposing a plan for the $809,254 in ESG-CV. This plan can be found in the 2019 Annual Action Plan under the 3rd Substantial Amendment.

In accordance with the City’s Citizen Participation Plan, a legal advertisement was placed in the Lancaster Newspaper on January 4th, 2021 announcing the 5-day public comment period. Persons interested in reviewing and/or commenting on the proposed amendments can access the amended draft on the City’s website or contact Susannah Thorsen by email at The City will accept citizen comments on these amendments to the 2019 Annual Action Plan for 5 days from Monday, January 4, 2021 to the end of the day Friday, January 8, 2021.

In addition, the City of Lancaster will conduct a public hearing regarding these amendments on Tuesday, January 12 at 7:30 p.m. during Lancaster City Council’s regularly scheduled meeting on that date and time. Details on how to access and participate in that meeting can be found on the City’s website at

If community members have limited English, they are advised to contact the City’s Language Access Coordinator, Zayra Falu at and the City will make a good faith effort to provide interpretation services.

If the City’s Mayor, City Council, the City’s public, and HUD approve of the proposed plan (found in the 2019 Annual Action Plan, Substantial Amendment 3), the Redevelopment Authority of the County of Lancaster (Redevelopment Authority) and the City of Lancaster (City) will developed a joint application to request proposals from organizations seeking 2nd and 3rd Round ESG-CV CARES Act funding to prevent, prepare for and respond to COVID-19.

What We Do

The Community Development Division administers the City’s Community Development Block Grant Program, the Emergency Shelter Grant Program and State grants provided through DCED and the Commonwealth’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program. The Division is also responsible for researching and applying for other grant opportunities to assist the Department finance programs and projects focused on community, economic, housing and neighborhood development. The Division assists city non- profit organizations in applying for and administering State grants where the City must act as a pass through for the grant to the non-profit. The Community Development Division also serves as the city’s principal representative to the Lancaster County Coalition to End Homelessness.

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