(HARRISBURG) – Two Northumberland County municipalities have received a HOME Program grant through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), according to Senator John R. Gordner (R-27) and Representative Kurt A. Masser (R-107).

Under the first grant, Mount Carmel Borough will receive $500,000 for the rehabilitation of low-income owner-occupied housing.  The Borough has agreed to partner with SEDA-COG for the administration of the funds.

The second grant will provide $400,000 to Coal Township for improvements to low-income housing in the municipality.

“Being able to afford necessary home repairs to maintain a livable residence is sometimes difficult for many low-income residents,” said Senator Gordner.  “I am grateful that DCED has recognized the importance of these grants and how they will impact many families in both of these municipalities.”

“The funds will go a long way toward assisting low-income families safely stay in their homes,” said Representative Masser.  “I want to congratulate Mount Carmel and Coal Township officials for successfully obtaining these monies.”

The HOME Program utilizes federal funds, funneled through DCED, to expand the supply of decent, affordable housing to low-income Pennsylvanians.  Funds can be used for: new construction, rehabilitation, financing mechanisms, acquisition of rental or sales housing and rental assistance.  A local match of 25% is required.


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