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Glossary of Terms

Affordable Housing Program:

Funds for this local Program are derived from an increase in the recording fees for deeds and mortgages. The fees generate approximately $500,000.00 per year. Currently, the funds are being used for the establishment of the Berks Community Housing Council, Habitat for Humanity, a grant to Beacon House, and other affordable housing efforts.

BEDI:

Economic Development Initiative and the Brownfields Economic Development Initiative (Grants, connected with 108 guaranteed loans to improve security of viability of projects.)

CAPER:

Berks County's Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report

CDBG:

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, a federal budget allocation for specific programs approved at the local level meeting federal criteria and the Berks 2020 Vision Plan.

CFR:

CFR refers to the 'Code of Federal Regulations', the official published account (from the U.S. Government Printing Office or GPO) of US laws created by legislation, also called 'statutes'. Since statutes are often long, they are organized with titles, sections, parts and subparts. They are referred to, or 'cited', using shorthand, such as '24 CFR 570.1'. So, "24 CFR 570.1" is a more efficient way of referencing; Title 24 (Housing and Urban Development) in the Code of Federal Regulations, Section 570.1 (Community Development Block Grants).

Consolidation Plan:

The consolidated plan that is submitted annually to HUD that serves as the planning document of the jurisdiction and an application for funding under any of the Community Planning and Development formula grant programs (CDBG, ESG, HOME).

CPD:

Community Planning and Development Office of HUD.

DCED:

PA Department of Community and Economic Development.

EDI:

Economic Development Initiative, a program of HUD's CPD Office.

Federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program:

The County was designated an entitlement community for the program in 1975. The program provides the County with an annual grant of approx. 3.2 million dollars. The funds may be used for a variety of activities such as acquisition of real estate, public improvements and facilities, public services, clearance, housing rehabilitation, historic preservation, etc. Each activity funded must meet one of the three national objectives for the Program.

The Redevelopment Authority uses Program funds each year for housing rehabilitation, community activities, planning, and general administration of the Program.

Federal Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) Program:

Eligible activities for Program funds include renovation, rehabilitation or conversion of buildings for use as homeless shelters, provision of essential services to the homeless, payment of costs associated with the operation of homeless shelters, development and implementation of homeless prevention activities, and general administration. The County receives an annual grant of approx. $111,000.00.

(HOME) Federal Home Investment Partnership Program:

This is a new Federal program established by the National Affordable Housing Act of 1990 which may be used for a variety of affordable housing activities. For Fiscal Year 1998, the County received an entitlement grant of $526,000.00. Eligible activities include the development of rental housing, housing rehabilitation, rental assistance, incentives for homeownership, and general administration.

HUD:

The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Jurisdiction:

A state or unit of general local government.

Low Income Families:

Families whose incomes do not exceed 80 percent of the median income for the area, as determined by HUD, with adjustments for smaller and larger families.

PA State Housing and Community Development Program:

Funds for the Program are appropriated each year by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Funds may be used for a variety of activities similar to the Federal CDBG and HOME Programs. Funds are awarded on a competitive basis and the County has been successful in receiving grants during the past several years.

Poverty Level Families:

Households with incomes below the poverty line (as defined by the Federal Office of Management and Budget and revised annually). A jurisdiction may use, as a proxy for data on such households, data for families whose income is between 0 and 30 percent of the median income for the area, as determined by HUD, with adjustments for smaller and larger families.

RA: Redevelopment Authority

Section 108 Loan Guarantee Program, or "Section 108":

A program of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Very Low Income Families:

Low income families whose incomes do not exceed 50 percent of the median family income for the area, as determined by HUD with adjustments for smaller and larger families.

Additional Resources:

If there is a term on our site that you don't understand, go to HUD's Terms and Acronyms page or the Glossary page.