Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development

09/18/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 09/18/2019 10:52

Wolf Administration Continues Investments in Affordable Housing for Pennsylvanians

Harrisburg, PA - Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced new investments to support 12 affordable housing projects across the commonwealth. Funded through the HOME program, more than $4.7 million in funding will be disbursed to communities in 10 counties to expand the supply of safe, accessible, decent and affordable housing for low-income Pennsylvanians.

'Since its inception, the HOME program has allowed thousands of families to continue living in their homes while stabilizing or increasing property values for neighbors,' said Gov. Wolf. 'The projects included in this round of funding will keep Pennsylvanians safe by remediating lead, removing hazards and addressing code issues.'

The HOME program provides federal funding to assist municipalities and local governments in their efforts to expand and preserve their supply of affordable housing for low and very low-income Pennsylvanians. The funding will be distributed to projects located in 10 counties: Bedford, Blair, Butler, Columbia, Jefferson, Lawrence, Lycoming, McKean, Montgomery and Northumberland.

Bedford County
Bedford County, through the Center for Community Action for the County of Bedford, was approved for $136,072 to rehabilitate 4 units of owner-occupied housing in conjunction with the county's weatherization program.

Blair County
Blair County, through Blair County Social Services Agency, was approved for $250,000 to rehabilitate 10 owner-occupied homes. The funding will be complemented by $25,000 in Community Block Development Grant funding. This is Blair County's first HOME Program implementation.

Butler County
Butler County, through the Redevelopment Authority of Butler County, was approved for $500,000 to rehabilitate 9 units of owner-occupied housing. The funding will be used to assist low to moderate income homeowners in Clay, Concord, Slippery Rock and Worth townships bring their homes up to code.

The City of Butler, through the Redevelopment Authority of Butler County, was approved for $221,675 to rehabilitate two 3-bedroom and three 5-bedrooms units owned and operated by RACB. The project will address code deficiencies, lead based paint, and radon abatement.

Columbia County
Berwick Borough, in conjunction with SEDA-Council of Governments, was approved for $500,000 to rehabilitate 8 units of owner-occupied housing. The projects will include lead, electrical and heating, radon and pest inspections and, if necessary, lead-based paint work.

Jefferson County
Jefferson County, through the county's Department of Development, was awarded $500,000 to rehabilitate 14 units of owner-occupied housing. The funding will be used to assist qualified low-income residents with abating building code violations, implementing energy efficient improvements and upgrading the quality of substandard housing.

Lawrence County
The City of Farrell, through the Lawrence County Community Action Partnership, was approved for $750,000 to rehabilitate 30 owner-occupied homes.

Union Township, through the Lawrence County Community Action Partnership, was awarded $500,000 to rehabilitate 20 owner-occupied homes. The funding will be used to assist qualified low-income homeowners with addressing code violations and other health and safety issues.

Lycoming County
Jersey Shore Borough, through the SEDA-Council of Governments, was awarded $500,000 to rehabilitate eight owner-occupied homes. The funding will be used to assist qualified low-income homeowners with lead, electrical and heating, radon and pest inspections, as well as construction and lead-based paint remediation.

McKean County
The City of Bradford's Office of Economic and Community Development was approved for $500,000 to rehabilitate 8 units of owner-occupied housing. The funding will be complemented by $30,000 in Community Block Development Grant funding and $15,000 from the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement Fund.

The City of Butler was approved for $221,675 to rehabilitate two three-bedroom and three five-bedroom rental units owned by the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Butler at 309 Virginia Ave., Butler. The project will address code deficiencies, lead based paint and radon abatement.

Montgomery County
Conshohocken Borough, through the borough's Community Development Department, was awarded $350,000 to rehabilitate seven owner-occupied homes. The funding will be complemented by $30,000 in Community Block Development Grant funding. Projects include addressing environmental issues such as lead paint and radon, as well as installing smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and making accessibility improvements to allow older residents and residents with mobility issues to remain in their own homes.

Northumberland County
Mount Carmel Township, through the SEDA-Council of Governments, was awarded $500,000 to rehabilitate eight owner-occupied homes. Each of these homes is occupied by one or more low income residents who would otherwise be unable to afford repairs. The rehabilitation budget will help support contractors and material suppliers, lead inspections (if the home was built prior to 1978), electrical and heating inspections, a radon inspection, and a pest inspection if indicated.

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MEDIA CONTACTS:
J.J. Abbott, Governor's Office, 717.783.1116
Casey Smith, DCED, 717.783.1132