It feels so good to reply to this topic after so many years. I have good news to report - Pauper Commander is alive and well in 2021.
While still an unsanctioned format, Pauper Commander (PDH) has a Rules Committee and is recognized a format on Moxfield, Archidekt, and Scryfall! The format has been featured by a number of prominent YouTube channels and we are picking up steam.
Thank you all for for laying the groundwork for all of us. Please visit the PDH Home Base Rules Page for more information!