Northumberland County Housing Authority Receives Significant State Grant Targeted Towards Blight

(HARRISBURG) – The Northumberland County Housing Authority (Housing Authority) was awarded a $750,000 grant through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) to assist in its Fight the Blight Initiative across the county, according to Senator John R. Gordner (R-27).

The funds will be used to acquire and demolish or renovate up to 60 blighted and abandoned properties in Northumberland County.  The money can be used for removal and redevelopment of those properties, including the abatement of hazardous materials.

“I want to recognize the Housing Authority for being active in taking on the issue of blight,” said Senator Gordner.  “I also want to offer a great deal of thanks to Governor Tom Wolf for recognizing the Authority’s good work and authorizing the release of these essential RACP funds to assist in its efforts.”

The Housing Authority has worked with county and local governments to pool Community Development Block Grant funds to be used in the county-wide fight against blight.  The Northumberland County Commissioners have also approved and created a County Demolition Fund, authorized by Act 152 of 2016.  These two funding streams will make up the bulk of the required local matching funds, which are required under the RACP program.

“It is also important to recognize the Northumberland County Commissioners,” added Senator Gordner.  “Their forethought in unanimously authorizing the County Demolition Fund in September of 2017 was key in getting us to this point today.”

Representatives Kurt A. Masser (R-107) and Lynda Schlegel Culver (R-108) have also been supportive of the Housing Authority’s application throughout the process.

The Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) is a Commonwealth grant program administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational, and historical improvement projects. RACP projects are authorized in the Redevelopment Assistance section of a Capital Budget Itemization Act, have a regional or multi-jurisdictional impact, and generate substantial increases or maintain current levels of employment, tax revenues, or other measures of economic activity. RACP projects are state-funded projects that cannot obtain primary funding under other state programs. 

CONTACT:  Mike Stephens (717) 787-8928