PUBLIC NOTICE 
 
In accordance with 24 CFR 91.05(c)(2) and subpart B of the federal regulations relative to citizen participation for Community Planning and Development Programs and applicable waivers made available to those requirements through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), the County of Los Angeles is making an amendment to the 2018-2023 Housing and Community Development Consolidated Plan for the Los Angeles Urban County (Consolidated Plan) available to the public through this notice. 
 
Public Comment Period and Process: 
 
This Consolidated Plan amendment is available for a 5-day public review and comment period from April 16, 2020 to April 20, 2020.  Citizens wishing to submit written comments during the public review and comment period may mail them, postmarked no later than April 20, 2020, to the following: 
 
Los Angeles County Development Authority
Attention: Raymond Webster, Development Specialist
Community & Economic Development Division-Grants Management Unit
700 W. Main Street
Alhambra, CA 91801 
 
You may also email comments no later than April 20, 2020 to Mr. Webster at Raymond.Webster@lacda.org.  
 
Amendment: 
 
This is an amendment to the 2018-2023 Housing and Community Development Consolidated Plan for the Los Angeles Urban County to enable the County of Los Angeles to receive and administer $13,668,315 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and $6,605,000 in Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) made available through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).  
 
Additional CDBG and ESG funding made available to the County by HUD through the CARES Act is unknown as this time but will be used for the same purpose of the initial allocations indicated above which is to prevent the spread of coronavirus 19 (COVID-19) and facilitate assistance to eligible communities, households, and persons economically impacted by COVID19.  In addition, the County plans to reprogram up to 50% of FY 2019-2020 CDBG funding as needed to respond to COVID-19. FY 2020-2021 CDBG funds already allocated to the County may also be used to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. 
 
Eligible CDBG activities include, but are not limited to, assisting low- and moderate-income households with rental assistance for no more than three months, grab and go/delivery meal programs, business assistance to retain employees that are low- and moderate-income, and support of other COVID-19 response services.  Eligible ESG activities include street outreach, emergency shelter, homelessness prevention, rapid re-housing, Homeless Management Information System and administration.   
 
Further, eligible CDBG and ESG costs incurred as of March 27, 2020, which is the date in which President Trump signed the CARES Act, and paid for with non-federal funds may be repaid with CDBG and ESG funding, including those made under the CARES Act. These pre-award costs will meet all HUD requirements applicable to CDBG and ESG, including those under the CARES Act.  Unless waived by HUD, CDBG pre-award costs for FY 2020-2021 will not exceed 25% of the grant and will be used for the CDBG eligible activities as indicated above.   
 
Public notices regarding future amendments to the Consolidated Plan will be printed in local newspapers and posted online on the Los Angeles County Development Authority’s (LACDA) website at www.lacda.org.  Specific activities using ESG funding under the CARES Act will not require a 5-day public comment period but will be posted on the LACDA’s website.  
 
Lastly, as part of this amendment, the County has revised the Consolidated Plan’s Citizen Participation Plan to include the 5-day comment period as indicated above as well as to make other changes.  The revised Citizen Participation Plan is available for review on the LACDA website by clicking here.
 
Background on the Consolidated Plan: 
 
The Consolidated Plan describes the housing and community development needs, as well as activities to address those needs through the Los Angeles Urban County Program, as defined and funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  As required by HUD, the Consolidated Plan brings together, in one (1) consolidated submission, the planning and application aspects of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME), and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Programs.  The Urban County Program’s geographic area encompasses 48 participating cities and the entire County’s unincorporated areas.  More information on the Consolidated Plan is available by clicking here.
 
The following are the cities that participate in the Los Angeles Urban County Program: 

Participating Cities
Los Angeles Urban County Fiscal Years 2019-2020 and 2020-2021

Agoura Hills                 El Segundo                         Rancho Palos Verdes
Arcadia  Hawaiian Gardens  Rolling Hills Estates
Avalon   Hermosa Beach  San Dimas
Azusa 
 Hidden Hills  San Fernando
Bell  Irwindale  San Gabriel
Bell Gardens
 La Canada Flintridge  San Marino
Beverly Hills  La Habra Heights  Santa Fe Springs
Calabasas  La Mirada  Sierra Madre
Cerritos  La Puente  Signal Hills
Claremont   La Verne  South El Monte
Commerce  Lawndale  South Pasadena
Covina   Lomita  Temple City
Cudahy  Malibu  Torrance
Culver City  Manhattan Beach  Walnut
Diamond Bar  Maywood  West Hollywood
Duarte  Monrovia  Westlake Village