NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

The City of Harrisburg will conduct an Open House and Plans Display to inform the public and solicit feedback on the proposed multimodal transportation improvements in MulDer Square in the Allison Hill neighborhood at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, at the First Church of the Brethren, 219 Hummel St.

The purpose of the project is to improve livability, walkability, accessibility for all modes of transportation, increase property values, and spur economic development in the targeted redevelopment area known as MulDer Square.  The project will include traffic calming measures, pedestrian and bicycle improvements, green stormwater infrastructure enhancements and other related improvements at the following locations:

  • Creation of a neighborhood gateway and community plaza at the intersection of Mulberry Street and Derry Street
  • Removal of Derry Street cul-de-sac and development of a multiuse path and linear park from the intersection of Derry Street and Sylvan Terrace to Cameron Street
  • Conversion of Nectarine Street between Mulberry Street and Haehnlen Street into a green alley creating an inviting public space that is closed to motorized traffic

The purpose of this meeting is to provide the public an opportunity to review and comment on the proposed project.  Representatives from the City of Harrisburg, its design consultants, and various project stakeholders will be available to answer questions and receive comments regarding the project.  Anyone with knowledge of historic resources in the project area is encouraged to attend this meeting.

LOCATION:  

First Church of the Brethren

219 Hummel Street

Harrisburg, PA, 17104

DATE:            

Thursday, September 14, 2017

TIME:             

7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The Open House location is ADA accessible and any person requiring special assistance is asked to contact the City of Harrisburg prior to the meeting. If you require additional information concerning this meeting, please contact Wayne Martin, P.E., City of Harrisburg, City Engineer at (717) 255-3178 or [email protected] or Chad Decker, PE, PTOE, Dawood Engineering, Inc., Project Manager, at (717) 732-8576 or [email protected].

PUBLIC NOTICE: Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Assessment Plan

 

In 2015 the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released a revised legal requirement that federal agencies and federal grantees further the purpose of the Fair Housing Act. The Fair Housing Act aims to protect buyers and renters from seller or landlord discrimination.

This obligation to affirmatively further fair housing (AFFH) has been a requirement of the Fair Housing Act since 1968. The 2015 revision requires cities and public housing authorities that receive federal funding including the city of Harrisburg and the Harrisburg Housing Authority (HHA) to reexamine housing patterns and determine bias in these patterns.  

The City of Harrisburg and HHA are required under the Fair Housing Act to take meaningful actions to combat discrimination that overcomes patterns of segregation and fosters inclusive communities free from barriers that restrict access to opportunity based on protected characteristics. According to the ACT, “affirmatively furthering fair housing means taking meaningful actions that, taken together, address significant disparities in housing needs and in access to opportunity, replacing segregated living patterns with truly integrated and balanced living patterns, transforming racially and ethnically concentrated areas of poverty into areas of opportunity, and fostering and maintaining compliance with civil rights and fair housing laws. The duty to affirmatively further fair housing extends to all of a program participant’s activities and programs relating to housing and urban development.”  

For purposes of the rule, meaningful actions “means significant actions that are designed and can be reasonably expected to achieve a material positive change that affirmatively furthers fair housing by, for example, increasing fair housing choice or decreasing disparities in access to opportunity.” 

In response to the AFFH rule, the City of Harrisburg and HHA are collaborating to produce a joint Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH) Plan. The Plan will be designed to provide meaningful goals and strategies that can be reasonably expected to achieve a material positive change in disparities in housing needs and in access to opportunity; replacing segregated living patterns with truly integrated and balanced living patterns; transforming racially or ethnically concentrated areas of poverty into areas of opportunity; and fostering and maintaining compliance with civil rights and fair housing laws. To help the City and HHA develop informed goals and strategies to affirmatively further fair housing, HUD has made public maps and data available online here 

How Can I Contribute? 

The AFH process includes soliciting the opinions of people throughout the City, as well as those involved in the housing industry, including renters and homeowners. The City and HHA have developed a survey and will hold Community Meetings to solicit feedback regarding its AFH plan.  

The survey was developed to allow resident and stakeholders the opportunity to provide opinions and experiences regarding housing and other neighborhood issues – schools, jobs, transportation, services and more. All surveys must be received by the City no later than August 31, 2017. Surveys can be found in English here or in Spanish here. Paper copies can be found at: 

  • HELP Ministries – 413 S 19th St, Harrisburg, PA 17104 
  • Harrisburg Fair Housing Council – 2100 N 6th St, Harrisburg, PA 17110 

Please check back for updated information on community participation and stakeholder meeting dates and times.   

Please contact Romulus Brown at [email protected] or 717-255-6402 for further assistance.